ITI Sailing & Boating Network


The aims of the ITI Sailing & Boating Network are to share sailing experiences and terminology amongst translators and interpreters, raise awareness amongst appropriate organisations about the importance of having translating and interpreting work done by qualified people, and organise visits to places of interest.

Target members are ITI members interested in sailing and boating, past or present – or future! We have a very broad definition of sailing. It includes dinghies, cruisers, motor boats, speedboats, boat-based water sports, canal narrowboats, canoes etc.

Sue Fortescue

Sue Fortescue


  • Is an active member of the East Dorset Sailing Club in Poole, Dorset
  • Holds Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificates in ‘Competent Crew’ and ‘RYA Marine Radio Short Range Radio’
  • Is an Affiliate member of ITI
  • Has a BA (Hons) in Italian & French, an MA in Linguistics and English Language Teaching, an MSc in Computer Science, and an MA in Translation
  • Translates from Italian and French into English, specialising in financial technology.

Emma Gledhill

Emma Gledhill

Deputy Coordinator

  • Is an FITI, FCIL and Chartered Linguist
  • Holds the MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate with commercial endorsement, including Short-range VHF
  • Is an RYA yacht, dinghy & theory instructor
  • Holds a BA(Hons) in German and Music, an MA in Translation Studies, and the CIoL DipTrans in Dutch-English 
  • Translates from German, Dutch and French into English and runs sailing holidays in Greece.

We hold Zoom presentations about sailing in the broadest sense every two months.

When lockdown restrictions ease, we will plan visits to, for example, the Düsseldorf, Southampton, Poole boat shows, Sunseeker boat builders etc.