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