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Mitch Tonks joins the Great British Sailing Tour

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With his seafood businesses now well established, and his children all grown up, Mitch Tonks is now able to turn his attention to another of his sea-related passions, sailing.

“Sailing is my love, and I’m really excited about welcoming the Great British Sailing Tour to Brixham in July 2021,” he says. “We’ll have special spaces on pontoons near my Rockfish seafood restaurant, and lay on a great seafood supper. We’re used to sponsoring sailing events. One of the sailors we sponsored from a young age, Henry Bomby, went on to do a big series called La Solitaire du Figaro Circuit Race, and last year did the Volvo Ocean Race. He is one of the most promising young sailors around. Now he’s doing the two-handed Olympics offshore sailing campaign.”

Mitch plans to take the Rubicon3 celestial navigation course, along with the electrical course, before boarding his own boat, a 36-footer Hallberg Rassy next March and live off the coast for three or four months.

“I’ve got the most ridiculous gear on my boat like satellite phones and I’ve only ever been across The Channel, but once the pandemic is under control, my plan is to head to the Mediterranean and have a few years there, then continue across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, round Central America and Mexico, and up the US west coast. I love my restaurants, but I also love sailing and I just feel there’s another adventure out there.”

And what will this master seafood chef cook in his galley kitchen? “It’s simple!” says Mitch. “Lots of shallots, garlic, white wine, a dash of Pernod, parsley, some water, stock cube and whatever fish we’ve caught. Simmer it away, and you’d be surprised how wonderful that can taste when you’re on a sailboat.”