|| Sam Tucker
||Born in Napier, but grew up on board the family yacht ‘New Zealand Maid’ sailing around Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Australia and the Pacific Islands until my late teens. Have lived in Auckland for the last 18 years
||I’ve worked in the marine industry for the last 18 years covering wholesale to retail. Currently working at the largest Surtees dealership in New Zealand (Fishing Boats NZ)
|| RNZYS and NZMYC
|Why do you want to do the RNZ?
||Doing an event like RNZ has always been on my bucket list – I think it’s a challenge that will test me to my limits both mentally and physically. I’m very lucky to have a supportive wife Georgina and flexibility at work. Its a great opportunity to sail on well prepared boat with a motivated and talented co-skipper.
|What are the biggest races you’ve competed in?
||Before getting into the RNZ and qualifiers like the ANZAC enduro, the longest race I had done was Chicago to Mackinac on Beau Geste.
Some of the other international regattas I’ve competed in include the Russian Match Racing Nationals, Cowes Youth Week, winning the Hardy Cup, Warren Jones Memorial, the Australian Match racing Nationals and Harken Youth International.
Closer to home I’ve done the Auckland to Tauranga multiple times as well as many Coastal Classics, including winning division 7 in my home-built trimaran.
|How did you get into sailing?
||Born into a boating family and lived on a boat for many years.
|What is your sailing background?
||As a youngster I clocked up nearly 10,000 nautical miles sailing around the south Pacific with my parents. I didn’t really do much competitive sailing other than sunburst and sea scouts, until I entered the RNZYS youth training program. During my 2 years in the program and after graduating, I did a lot of international match racing. I got the itch to go fast and decided to put the suitcase away and campaign my own Multihulls and sail for fun not money.
|How long have you 2 sailed together?
|| Met at the 8.5 class multihull nationals each racing our own boats against each other. A bit of abuse on the race course eventually led to mutual respect…we’ve helped each out as crew a few times over the years, but it’s only been since we signed up for the RNZ that we have really sailed together.
Our families have become close, wives being sailing widows together and having a race to see who could have a baby first instead of doing the coastal classic in 2014.
|Got a funny story?
||Falling asleep while on watch in the ANZAC Enduro RNZ qualifier (day 3), Ken managed to get photographic evidence of me cuddling the bean bag before I woke up!
|What is your scariest yachting moment?
||Standing on an upside down Trimaran (not mine) in an offshore breeze with very limited safety gear wasn’t particularly scary at the time but looking back on it it was a pretty traumatic experience .
|What is your offshore vice?
||I get grumpy when i’m hungry!
|What do you hope to get out of doing the RNZ?
||Finishing the challenge is a test of fortitude and preparation. I know that crossing the finishing line will give me a great feeling of satisfaction and pride.
I’m looking forward to seeing parts of the NZ coastline that not many people get to see. Our aim is to finish the challenge safely as quickly as possible. A good result would be a bonus.
|Any tips for young players?
||You can’t beat time on water, the SSANZ two handed triple series is great fun. I’ve been doing it on a few boats over the last decade and its taught me a lot of sailing lessons.
|What’s your team motto?
|| We don’t have a motto as such but we just try and enjoy the racing and do our best
|Whats your biggest yachting achievement?
||It was an amazing feeling to win the coastal classic in both division and class on line in 2016, helming the “cruising” trimaran ‘Stealth Mission’ I designed and built with my wife.
||Married to my tolerant and supportive wife, Georgina, for 6 years, who will be at home with our 2 boys – a 4 year old and 5 year old…. and a puppy….
|When you cross the finish line, what will you be most hanging out for?
|| Seeing my family (and a big mac)