Biography

The Royal Navy, luxury yacht Captain, helicopter consulting and charity volunteer.

 

Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

Nigel embarked on a maritime career that would see him spend twenty years at sea in the Royal Navy, Sultan of Oman’s Navy and the Luxury yachting industry.

Following a military year career he took a year off in the late eighties and went to Prue Leith’s School of food and Wine in Kensington, successfully completing his Cordon Bleu diploma course.

With a love of food and wine and a maritime career behind him, the opportunities presented by the Luxury yachting industry proved both exciting and alluring.

Nigel had the good fortune to be mentored by Captain Peter Jago and joined him aboard the Motor Yacht Il Vagabondo in 1988. Over the next twelve years Nigel served as a part of the GOLDEN FLEET, this included being part of the build team of Golden Odyssey, then serving as its Chief Officer, from where he left to become the build Captain of GOLDEN SHADOW and its first master for almost five years of global cruising. The adventure went on.

A helicopter acquaint in the Royal Navy around the playing fields of Dartmouth had planted the seed of passion in aviation that has never left him. During the build years of Golden Shadow in the early nineties, Nigel was fortunate enough to be living in San Diego with some of the best aviation training schools on the planet on his doorstep. Courses with American Flyers and Corporate Helicopters of San Diego added fixed and rotary wing licences to his CV.

At Lindbergh airfield, being number two behind a landing 757 with wake turbulence in “Casper” a Schweitzer 300 was an experience to focus the mind.

Aviation and yachting evolved as Nigel founded initially Heli Riviera (www.heliriviera.com) and then Luviair (www.luviair.com). From a back bedroom consultancy grew a major Heli Yachting operating company. Luviair today manages twin engine Eurocopter helicopters in London, the South of France, the Caribbean and onboard some of the largest helicopter capable yachts in the world.

A move to the Isle of Man to manage Luviair offered a different direction in his career.

The Isle of Man is a wonderful island with great innovative people. Nigel has found in this island home also the opportunity to work in the local community and specifically to try and help its youth in what are challenging times.

Nigel founded Manx Youth Opportunities, MYO. This is an organisation that was founded in association with the Manx Educational Foundation. MYO tries to help young people in their pursuit of a future. MYO engages with government, local business and individuals to offer mentoring schemes and coaching for young people.

Seeking a balance in life, a need for prosperity and a need to give back, helping others on their journey remains a goal of Nigel Watson.

 

 

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