Meet The Team

Luke Powell


Boat builder and Skipper

After spending much of  his youth sailing and exploring Greece, he trained as a shipwright in Faversham, working on Thames Sailing Barges. He then brought his own boat which he restored in France before moving back to England in 1992 to set up Working Sail building wooden Pilot Cutters. Renowned as the skipper of Agnes he has been concentrating for the last couple of years on the build of Pellew. Next year he plans to skipper a large percentage of Pellew’s schedule in order to get to know her. 

Jo Powell


Operational Queen and Mate/Cook on Agnes

Having spent a life time involved in traditional wooden boats, including owning her own 1901 lugger Gladys Jo is dedicated to keeping the opearational side of Working sail moving.

Renowned for her delicious cooking on Agnes for many years she is stepping back to concentrate on running both boats next summer. She will be making guest appearances.

Meet the team on the boats

Brendan Stewart

Skipper – Agnes

Brendan joined the team in January 2019 as the full time skipper of Agnes. Previous to that he skippered the Brixham trawler Pilgrim. He has had a long and varied career on boats, including working as a sail trainer, as a modern day pilot coxswain and commercial fisherman. 

Melissa Williams

Mate/Cook- Agnes

Having skippered Agnes in the 2017 season Melissa is now part of the crew on Agnes.

Meet the team on the build of Pellew

Jon Bray

Jon trained at Lowestoft Boat Building College before moving to South Wales to work on the rebuild of the Pickle. Back he Devon, then Cornwall, he built new boats for Butler & Co. In his spare time he built his own traditional sailing yacht, Unity. You can see her here:

Clyde Kramer

Clyde trained at Falmouth Marine College before moving to Bristol to spend 4 years building two pilot cutters for R B Boatbuilding. He moved back to Falmouth last Autumn to work on the Pellew and sail his own boat Peggy H.

Ned Rolt

Ned was born in Bristol and spent his youth in his shipwright fathers boatyard. So it became second nature to work on and love boats. He completed an apprenticeship at Rolt’s BoatYard, before taking up the opportunity to work with Luke here in Cornwall.

 Get In touch


(Jo) +44 (0)7790 638 084


28 St Thomas Street 


TR10 8JN