A Scarborough man has taken over the helm as the Royal Yachting Association’s regional development officer for Yorkshire and the North East.
Sam Usher, 30, has worked for sailing schools as far afield as Dubai and Indonesia.
In 2009, Mr Usher and the crew of the Kingdom of Bahrain yacht were held captive by the Iranian Navy after being accused of straying into Iranian waters.
He was reunited with his family following the week-long ordeal - with his passion for sailing thankfully intact.
Mr Usher said: “I love sailing and my goal is to convey that passion as widely as possible throughout the region.
“We have some fabulous clubs and facilities in Yorkshire and along the Humber, which I will help to support and through these clubs we will develop a healthy network of sailing opportunities for everyone.
“Sailing is one of the few sports that can offer something for all ages and abilities; it can be relaxing and calming or thrilling and exhilarating, it’s really your choice.
“Plus, it doesn’t have to cost much to start sailing, as many clubs run open days with sessions for all; there really is no excuse not to get out on the water and give it a go!”
David Staniforth, chairman of the Royal Yachting Association Yorkshire and Humber Region, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sam back to his home waters.
“We look forward to working with him to drive the development of the sport here in the region so sailing can reach its full potential.”