About Julian Leigh
Julian retired from the Royal Air Force in September 1996. He joined in 1965 and trained as a pilot flying mainly the Hunter and Jaguar in the strike, attack and recce roles. During his 31 year career Julian gained a wide experience of operational project management, Joint Service front-line operations, budget management, policy making, Flying and Ground Instruction, leadership and man-management. He was elected a Member of the Institute of Directors in 1995.
Julian is a Qualified Royal Yachting Association/Department of Transport Yachtmaster Offshore with a Commercial endorsement. During his RAF career Julian primarily sailed on the Joint Service owned Victoria 34 and Camper and Nicholson 55 foot yachts, teaching RYA Competent Crew and Day Skippers and organizing Adventurous Sailing weeks for novice crews.
After his retirement from the RAF, Julian was a Charter Skipper on his own 40 foot Hillyard wooden sloop SVANO.
He has also acted as skipper for the film industry notably in the Poirot TV film ‘Evil under the Sun’ and as the Captain of the 38 metre replica Greek fighting ship 'Achilles' for the blockbuster movie TROY starring Brad Pitt.
Julian was the navigator for the return of the full size, replica 18th century frigate Grand Turk owned by Turk Phoenix Ltd., from Sessimbra, in Portugal, to St. Catherine’s Dock in London. Grand Turk is better known as Indefatigable in the TV film series 'Hornblower and played the part of HMS Victory in the Trafalgar 200 re-enactment and Royal Fleet Review'.
Having lived in the Charente Maritime in France with his wife Viv for seven years, they have now moved back to live in the UK. They have raise funds for humanitarian charities through their French association, Séjours Artistiques and by selling Julian’s novels. Julian is currently writing his second historical novel ‘Pathway to the Stars’