Friday’s Child Sean McCarter

Sean McCarter.
Sean McCarter.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Sean McCarter, skipper of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht in the 2013-2014 Clipper Round The World Race which is on its way to Derry for the LegenDerry Maritime Festival. Born in Derry on Nov. 30, 1981., Sean attended St Oran’s primary school, Buncrana; Foyle College; Edinburgh and Plymouth Universities, graduating with BSc Marine Science. He moved to Spain in 2005 and began his career in yachting – a great ambassador for the city.

How would you describe yourself?

Sean McCarter

Sean McCarter

Easy going and up for a laugh.

Happiest childhood memory?

Summers in Rathmullan.

What was your first job?

Carpenter’s assistant in Cashel na Cor workshop.

Favourite book?

Emperor Series by Conn Iguellen.

Favourite film?


Favourite television programme?

Don’t watch many but enjoyed Game of Thrones recently.

Favourite expression?

Just get it done!

Favourite method of relaxation?

Chilling out with friends and family.

Favourite holiday destination?


Who would you most like to meet?

My wife Sofia on arrival!

What makes you angry?

Greed and dishonesty.

What makes you happy?

People who don’t take themselves too seriously.

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?


What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Too many to mention! Leaving the dock in San Francisco, we had several hundred spectators watching. The tide was very low and we bumped the bottom a few times while reversing out of the marina. The crowd must have thought it was my first time driving a boat!

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Having my drink spiked and ending up in hospital.

What is your greatest fear?

I try not to fear anything but it was hard to ignore the threat of submerged ice-bergs while hurtling through the North Atlantic in the dark at speed of 20kts plus last week.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Marrying my wife Sofia almost two years ago.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a good guy who tried hard and helped others along the way.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Spend a little, save a little and give a little away (Bill Margey, 1990).

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

Three more wishes.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

Here lies Sean, he lived life to the full and wasn’t lying when he said he felt ill!