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Meet the Skippers


Dolphin III is crewed entirely by volunteers and every voyage is under the command of an experienced skipper.

Here, our skippers tell us a little about themselves.

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Chris Price has been a Dolphin skipper for six years. He is a Master Mariner, which is the Merchant Navy equivalent to the rank of Chief Officer in the Royal Navy and he was a Lifeboat Inspector and staff officer in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for 29 years.

Chris enjoys being able to use his maritime experience to help operate Dolphin III so that our passengers can enjoy Poole Harbour and their trips aboard the boat.

Chris is a committee member of the local branch of the RNLI in Wareham but hails from Wales originally.

Gordon Trevett has also had two years as a Dolphin skipper and has a RYA Day skipper certificate. He spent 30 years in the Royal Marines and specialised in the landing craft branch based in Hamworthy. His service in the Marines, where he was a seamanship instructor, took him all over the world.

Gordon says no two trips on Dolphin iii are ever the same and he enjoys being able to share the experience and the wonderful scenery of Poole Harbour with less fortunate people. He is a keen runner and has completed 24 marathons, raising money for charities such as MacMillan and the MS Society

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Kevin Martin
Kevin joined Dolphin in 2013. He has a lifetime of boating experience stretching over 45 years and is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster.

Kevin loves giving pleasure to others and says every trip is great fun.

He is involved in Masonic charities and is a native of Poole Quay, born & bred.


I was born about 500 metres from the old Lifeboat House at the end of the Quay. I was lucky to have spent all my working life in Poole. I have a photo of me at the age of three on the wheel of one of the old Sandbanks / Shell bay ferries with my Father who was a skipper at the time. A few years later, going out resetting and checking set nets before going to school. Trawling in the spring and summer. Taking out anglers into the bay to fish, and spratting in the winter. Working on a 100ton Motor Vessel and also on the Wareham river.

Joined Poole Lifeboat Crew when the Inshore Rescue Boat ( now called Inshore Lifeboats ) came to Poole in 1965, following in the footsteps of my Father and Grandfather. I retired after 36 years, the last eight as 2nd Coxswain. During that time I took a RYA/DTP Coastal Skipper and Yacht Master Offshore, shore based course (1987) plus another Marine Courses.

Joined Dolphin late 2012 and after doing training and taking a Helmsman, First Aid and a Radio Course to bring me up to speed again, I was appointed a Skipper in July 2014. The joy I get from doing Dolphin is with the different groups of people we take out, seeing and hearing the excitement from them when we return, after going around the harbour which I love.

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Bill Tee Skip

Bill Tee,
Originally from Staines, has been resident in the Poole area since 1973.  After qualifying  in Southampton in Marine Electronics served Shell Tankers as a Radio Officer traveling worldwide.  Bill also worked for a marine electronics company based on Poole Quay, installing and maintaining all types of equipment on leisure craft around Poole Harbour.
When Bill took early retirement in 2008 he purchased a sailing yacht and after sailing her back from Sweden, cruises the UK south coast, North and Atlantic Coasts of France as far as the North Coast of Spain.  He is qualified to RYA Coastal Skipper with a commercial endorsement at Day Skipper and Power Boat level II.
After a year crewing for Dolphin III, he joined the team of Skippers in 2014.  It doesn't get much better than being able to give so much pleasure to the passengers of Dolphin III whilst skippering a boat around the second largest natural harbour in the world

In addition to being involved with The Friends of Dolphin, Bill is also a volunteer Sea Safety Adviser for the RNLI and gives free advice onboard leisure craft based in the Poole area.  

David Thompson is a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster offshore and RYA cruising Instructor. Also currently a volunteer mate for the Tall Ships Youth Trust sailing their ex round the world challenger yachts. The trust takes young people and adults on trips round the UK; also France and the Caribbean. Joined The Friends of Dolphin in 2014.

David says he enjoys his trips on Dolphin and finds them interesting, not only because of the disabled who come aboard but also because of their stories and seeing them enjoying themselves, particularly as their trips are significant events for some as they do not get out very often from their homes.

David has lived in Bournemouth with his wife Fiona for 25 years but grew up on the Hertfordshire / Essex border.

David Thompson

Dan Nicholson was Lieutenant Commander RN. During his time in the Royal Navy he was Clearance Diving Officer (Diving and Bomb/Mine disposal), and also Captain of a 400 ton Minesweeper.  Subsequently, he has been Training Manager RNLI, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examiner and instructor for motor cruising RYA Powerboat level 2. Since 1996 he has been Senior Tutor for Ocean Training (They provide RYA distance learning courses). He has also owned a 56 ft canal boat.  Since 2001 also a Brownsea Island volunteer warden. Skipper on Dolphin since 2016.

He enjoys being a skipper and admires the work of the crews who give much pleasure to the passengers. He recalls that on his first trip one of the passengers was a 104 year old lady who, though in a wheelchair was sharp witted and all smiles and spent most of her time mischievously flirting with the male crew members!!

Dan was born in Manchester, but also lived in Portsmouth and West Meon before moving to Poole in 1995 to take up his RNLI career.

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Hugh Fogarty

Hugh Fogarty Joined the Merchant Navy as an apprentice in 1972. Worked for Bank line as apprentice and third officer.  Went to college in 1978 to do Mate’s certificate. Was chief officer on Wilie’s line. Obtained Master’s Foreign Going (Class 1) certificate in 1983. Joined the RNLI in 1984 as Assistant Inspector (Training) working his way up through various posts to become Head of Operations (Operational support) before retiring in 2014. Holds an RYA RYA Yachtmaster offshore and was a Yachtmaster examiner. Represents the RNLI on the boards of the SAR Volunteer Training Fund and still does PR jobs at lifeboat stations. Joined The Friends of Dolphin in 2015.

He enjoys being a skipper and being able to do something special for people who can no longer, or cannot do things for themselves.

Born in Altrincham Cheshire and brought up in Uganda. Educated in Nairobi, and England. Married in 1977 and lived in Cardiff until the RNLI moved him to Poole in 1993. Lived in Parkstone since then.


This is my first year as Skipper on Dolphin III; crewed during 2016. Before moving to Poole two years ago, I was a volunteer Skipper for 8 years on a similar charity boat called Kingfisher, a boat operating on the River Medway & through the locks. The Kingfisher was a purpose built boat offering trips for the disabled and disadvantaged from the Kent area and was sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs. I found this to be a very rewarding experience and was pleased to join the crew of the Dolphin when I moved to the area.
I have owned a boat since the age of 20, and hold Yachtmaster Offshore, Powerboat and PWC Instructor qualifications. I currently have a Failine Targa 44 GT as our family boat plus a 6-meter RIB, for use around Poole harbour. My Grandfather was the owner / operator of an oyster and shrimping yawl which built in Whitstable and to this day remains an Historic vessel & subject to a preservation order. Two of my uncles sailed in Shamrock, the J Class yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton, in an attempt to win the Americas Cup and on Britannia with King George VI, so it should have followed that I took up sailing. Instead I went the power route and ended up water ski racing for a number of years.
I enjoy getting to meet some very interesting and appreciative passengers who, if it were not for the Dolphin would not get to see the stunning sights of Poole Harbour.
There will always be an amusing tale to tell because of the people we carry, but they all have an interesting past and some will burst into song, not always at the most appropriate times, like the other day when I had just called up the Marina for a berth to be allocated, there was no way of hearing the response, but they all enjoyed themselves, which is what is all about.
I am an active member of the Rotary Club of Parkstone, which is the Club that started the Dolphin boat trips in 1980  However, I originate from Kent where I lived on the coast working in the aerospace industry for many year, latterly running my own management consultancy until June 2015, when I semi-retired and relocated to Poole, having owned property in the Poole area since 2000. I was often asked why we didn’t keep our boat on the Kent coast, and I would always say that this area has so much more to offer than the North Kent coastline. Truly, there is no comparison

Norman Hollamby RS
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