McKenzie Intelligence have been appointed by Alastair Cruickshank’s family to help find the sailor after he was reported missing in January

The family of a missing British sailor are

appealing for information on his whereabouts after he disappeared earlier this

year in January.

Alastair Cruickshank, born in Stockport,

was reported missing to Falmouth Coastguard on 9 January when relatives hadn’t

heard from him and was overdue from a solo sailing voyage.

The 28-year-old, who had previously been living in London,

was last seen sailing in convoy from Sada, Spain, on 29 October and is believed

to have been heading for Grand Cayman where his uncle lives, but never arrived.

Mr Cruickshank is described as an

inexperienced yachtsman, having only sailed his Golden Hind 31 Golden Dawn of Kent twice previously, after

purchasing her in August 2013.

McKenzie Intelligence has recently been

appointed by the family to help try and find the missing sailor who was taking

a break from a career in education.

A spokesperson said: “He had not contacted

the family or friends since 29 October 2013 when he emailed that he was leaving

Sada, Spain, and that he intended to arrive with his uncle in Grand Cayman but

probably wouldn’t make it in time for Christmas.

“He said he’d be in touch when he next

reached dry land, but the family didn’t know how long this was likely to be.

“When he hadn’t contacted the family within

a couple of weeks, it was thought he’d decided to go across the Atlantic before

getting in touch again.

“We have had several leads to follow up on

in respect of alleged sightings after he went missing and are currently

actively pursuing these.”

Latest information has placed Mr Cruickshank

in Essaouira, Morocco, where the harbourmaster believes he saw him sometime in


Anyone with information on Mr Cruickshank’s

whereabouts is being urged to contact