Book of Memories of


Neil King

Born and brought up in South Gloucestershire, England, Neil travelled extensively and lived all over the world. His thirst for life and infectious enthusiasm touched everyone he met.

To quote one of his friends ‘he was one of those rare people that once met, never forgotten. A big man in every sense, open, gregarious, generous, compassionate and of course, pretty outrageous at times’.

The range of ways he found to earn a living as he travelled were diverse and usually involved the great outdoors. Yachtsman, Western Australian lighthouse keeper, kilt wearing whisky importer in Switzerland, landscape gardener, care worker, Norwegian lumberjack to name a few.

This book has been created to allow those whose lives he touched to share their own memories of their times with Neil and read others memories of him as we all try to come to terms with his death.

Fair winds and following seas, you hopefully sail on in a better place.


Book Owner: Mia Harrington (sister)
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Christiane, Karsten, Flora, Veerle and Jelle

I met Neil in 1994, 28 years ago, when I was doing a gap year in Scotland working withhandicapped children.Neil was just brilliant with kids!!!  We have been friends since that time.While he was travelling the world we always stayed in contact. Sometimes more, sometimes less.When I met Karsten it was great to see …


I have such fond memories of Neil from the Azab 2019 race. Here he is “life and soul of the party” on the back of Exehibitionist.  Its difficult to comprehend that underneath he was struggling so much with his mental health.  Fair Winds Neil, you will be sadly missed by all that knew you …

Tracey Hindmarsh

Neil, a strong reliable buddy who would look out and care for everyone’s wellbeing. A true adventurer whose dream was to sail in the Artic. I’m so pleased you had the opportunity to help deliver a yacht from Svalbard to Alesund Norway. I remember how you enthusiastically helped repair the engine issues, the willingness …


Govert Ramselaar


There have been so many beautiful tributes coming in for our beautiful sailor friend Neil ‘Kings Global adventures’ Heartbreakingly he is no longer with us, our ‘do anything for anyone’ Guy, our ‘zero to hero’ guy with yacht master, offshore first aid everything, within such a short time. He taught me to step outside …

Rick Newcombe

Neil King. With great sadness I post to tell you all of the Loss of a big man, my good friend and shipmate Neil King. Sadly Neil left us over the new year after a  long struggle against depression and post traumatic stress disorder he found the peace he had been seeking. Neil was …


Sea-Fever BY JOHN MASEFIELD I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s …