|From||Grew up in Wellington, moved to Auckland to go to university in 2000 and never left.|
|Work||Sealegs International Ltd|
|Yacht Club||RNZYS, SSANZ|
|Why do you want to do the RNZ||It’s a bucket list race that not many people have completed. It’s the longest race in the NZ sailing calendar and the chance to do it doesn’t come around very often.|
|What are the biggest races you’ve competed in||Sydney Hobart x 3, in 1997 Sydney Hobart I was the youngest competitor at 15 years of age on the Wellington yacht Andiamo. Fiji, RNI x 3 (twice 2H, and once fully crewed), numerous ocean passages, lots of international regatts and I went sailing in a sunburst once.|
|How did you get into sailing||Parents had a cruising yacht when I was young, lived on a yacht for 5 years with my mum, dad and brother growing up so it just naturally happened. It’s not a sport but a lifestyle. |
|Sailing background||Played around a lot in dinghies with friends, did optis and a little bit of P class, then moved into racing keelers when 13 years old, sailed on the Spencer 44 Whispers II in Wellington then the Davidson 55 Andiamo. Moved to Auckland in 2000 and joined the RNZYS youth training programme, completed in numerous regattas and match racing events. |
|How long have you 2 sailed together / how did you meet / what races have you done together in the past||Meet when I was 15, Josh 19, 2 young fellas on tour doing the 1997 Sydney – Hobart, including delivery to and from Australia. Done too many miles together now. Our biggest achievement thus far was winning the last RNI on board the Sunfast 3600 Racing. |
|Funny stories||We don’t have any funny stories, we are deadly serious 100% of the time.|
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|What is your offshore vice||Got to have a good range of hot sauces available at any one time. With our uncanny knack of finishing races at 6am in the morning, a good toasted sandwich and coffee usually go down fairly well at 3am. |
|What do you hope to get out of doing the RNZ||Tick it off the bucket list and that sense of achievement straight after crossing the finish line in Auckland that will last for all of 2 minutes before our focus changes to competing in the Melbourne Osaka in 2023.|
|What inside tips do you have for others wanting to compete in 2 handed racing at this level||It’s all about preparation and team work. The beauty of 2 handed sailing is it can be brutally honest and there are no excuses, either you made a wrong decision or the boat wasn’t up to it which usually comes back to you in the form of lack of preparation. |
Work out what each other’s strengths are and use them.
Probably the biggest thing is make sure you have sailed together a lot before you go into a long distance race like this. The more you sail together, the more similar your thinking patterns become, and if you know what the other guy is thinking and doing then decision making and manoeuvres become a whole lot easier. The last thing you want to do is a long race with someone that you don’t get along with, worst idea ever.
|What’s your team motto||Usually it’s ‘do it once and do it right’, but ironically for this race it’s more like ‘she’ll be right’ as we are nowhere near where we should be due to lack of time for preparation but it’s a bucket list race and the opportunity may not come again for a long time.|
|Biggest yachting achievement||Winning RNI 2017.|
|Family||Married to Jacqui for 9 yrs, 2 children, Isla 5yr, Zach 3yr.|
|When you cross the finish line, what will you be most hanging out for?||To see the family and a good race debrief session and hearing Skinners new version of ‘reach reach tack tack big boat wins.’|
|Any other information you can think is relevant / funny / inspiring / etc||We are rather late to the RNZ program having only purchased Motorboat II (ex-Squealer) in September 2018. With a huge amount of work to do on the boat to get it to the level we want, we are resigned to the fact that we will be nowhere near ready come race day. Knowing that we had to prioritise which jobs get done and which to axe, so our focus is on ensuring we have a big kick arse Fusion stereo, ice maker, smoke machine, laser lights and disco ball, all being essential items for this race. |
When we hit the start line we will have only sailed the boat a hand full of times with only 1 long distance being the Akarana 350. We certainly do not know how to maximise the boats performance and will spend the entire race trying to work that out. Never being ones for convention, we are actually using the RNZ as the build-up for the RNI 2020 with the goal of being the first team to win back to back RNI’s after our victory on total corrected time in 2017.