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Francis Colledge, now Assistant Forecaster at Fugro GEOS
“Originally I came to Plymouth to study marine technology, with the aim of becoming a Naval Architect. However, after a year I decided to change career routes; the ocean yachting side fitted in nicely with my background and my lifestyle. I grew up sailing on the Norfolk Broads and the North Sea, so it seemed the perfect opportunity for me to put my practical skills on paper.
I studied a wide range of modules, building a wealth of knowledge across the yachting industry. Our field trips also proved to be very useful, particularly our week’s sailing around the west coast of Scotland. This is where it all started to tie together for the final year.
My desire to pursue meteorology came from my final year project: I carried out an investigation into determining the accuracy of high resolution weather data and putting it to use for the offshore racing navigator. After graduation I did an MSc Applied Meteorology course and then gained a position with Fugro as an Assistant Forecaster.
I now provide marine weather forecasts for maritime operations as well as media-based companies and the construction industry. I also get to produce spectral swell energy predictions and squall warning forecasts in the tropics.
My long-term goals are to eventually step into the professional sailing world and work as a weather router and navigator. I also still race lots and am looking to take part in the Mini Transat yacht race in the near future. Anything’s possible!”