Narwhal’s Owners

Narwhal is proudly owned and skippered by sailing couple Katharine Knight and Eric Holden. With a love of the water from sailing, kayaking, hydrofoil sailing and racing, they have been on the water from childhood.

Katharine has raced and adventured all over the world. She has also discovered that kayaks, SUPs, or skis and a camera make for great adventure companions. However and wherever she has travelled, her inspiration has remained the same, to share the beauty and fun of playing outdoors and inspire everyone to follow their own adventure.

Katherine is a qualified Yachtmaster Ocean, offshore racer and has won speed sailing competitions in her Moth as well as the women’s European title. She has sailed extensively in the far north and rounded Cape Horn.

Eric’s childhood was spent living aboard the family sailboat, his earliest memories being filled with messing around on boats. He started racing dinghies when he was eight and continued all throughout his childhood and spent four years on the Canadian Olympic sailing team. During this time he was studying meteorology at university, gaining valuable knowledge that allowed him to pursue a career at sea as a specialist navigator and weather router.

Eric has raced across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as in many other prestigious offshore races and is often found lifting a trophy at the finish line.  A career highlight was winning the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. To achieve this, he had to turn a group of 55 individuals, with little or no sailing experience, into a cohesive, high performing team. During the next 12 months and 65,000km, they would confront their fears in some of the most extreme environments on the planet and emerge victoriously.

To balance the intensity of ocean racing, Eric enjoys the slower pace of adventure cruising, testing his traditional navigation skills and generally tinkering on boats of all sorts. Eric is a qualified meteorologist, MCA Master 200gt, Ocean Yachtmaster and a Yachtmaster Instructor, with over 100,000 sea miles. He has been awarded Sail Canada’s Rolex Sailor of the Year and is accredited with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Both Katharine and Eric’s love of the sea will be contagious for their guests and their love and care of the planet is always at the forefront of their voyages on Narwhal. They combine their sailing trips with adventures on kayaks, walks ashore, marine research and beach cleans along the coasts. Sailing into some of the most remote locations on the planet, you couldn’t be in safer hands with this adventurous pair.

Skipper profile

Eric and Katharine

Couple Eric and Katharine are the owners and skippers of Narwhal.

Read Eric and Katharine's Adventure Logs
Life onboard

Narwhal

Think wild locations, remote sailing and beach cleans whilst in total boat comfort.

Read Narwhal's Adventure Logs
The History of

Narwhal

From Croatia to the Arctic, Narwhal has earnt her sea miles.

Read more