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Keynote speaker Paul Heiney is a well known and respected british broadcaster, author and ocean adventurer.
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Solo sailing pioneer
Paul Heiney has a powerful story of finding peace of mind in the face of insurmountable grief – but it is also the story about facing one of the bleakest and wildest places in the world and battling violent winds and tempestuous seas, injected with humour, highs and lows, frustrations and triumphs.
Paul Heiney is a charismatic and successful British broadcaster for over 30 years. He is the presenter of Countrywise, the successful prime time series about rural Britain, its people and their stories. Rural issues are a matter of heart to the pioneer organic farmer Paul Heiney.
In 1990, apart from his TV career he decided to master the skills of traditional farming using carthorses, Suffolk Punches, instead of tractors, and farmed 40 acres of Suffolk countryside. This experience inspired not only his hugely successful column, Farmer’s Diary, but also a number of books. He has written on rural, farming and maritime matters.
Paul Heiney lives in close touch with nature and the ocean is his second home – he is an ocean adventurer. In 2005, he fulfilled a longstanding ambition to sail the Atlantic singlehanded in his own boat, the size of an average family cruiser.
Since then, Paul Heiney has taken on even greater nautical challenges when he sailed south, alone for some of the time, through the tropics towards the south Atlantic in order the circumnavigate the treacherous waters to be found in the most remote part of the world, and to round Cape Horn. This was a round trip of 18,000 miles – in an effort to reconnect with his son, Nicholas, who took his own life at the age of 23. During the voyage he found a peace of mind, and a way to face the future without his son.
Whether at sea or land, Paul Heiney always goes for the adventure. Paul is an entertaining and enlightening speaker, who regularly hosts events, gives informative keynote speeches, and presents corporate productions.
Paul Heiney is humorous, highly professional and a natural storyteller. When talking about his sailing adventures, he wishes that his audience takes away an understanding of why people go to sea, alone, to sail to the farthest parts of the earth. He hopes that they will conclude that if he can do it, anybody can.