|Relationship to Co – Skipper
||Mates and Business Partners
|Have you done an RNI before? On what boat and when?
||This is the first for me. I have been looking forward to one day doing the race since I was a teen. Just been waiting for the perfect boat and partner.
Now I think that we have that covered.
No excuses now.
||RNZYS & SSANZ
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background
||Sailed out of Kerikeri during my school years, doing the teams racing etc (the year after I left the school team won the Nats – typical.) Started in Flying Ants against Casey and Shane, then Starlings and briefly Lasers and keel-boats. I did the Auckland to Fiji race with John Lidgard on Hijacker when I was 16 years old and it is fair to say that on the way up he rightly thought that I was a know-it-all little shit. On the sail back home we were on watch together and then actually got on really well. Once I moved to Auckland at age 19 I mainly sailed keel-boats (lots). In 1997 I started the Hobart on Starlight Express but only made it part way before turning back. A few regattas on the Farr 40’s in the USA and then about a year or so on Superyachts back around 2000. Off shore miles around the 40k mark last time I checked but most of it not racing. Currently own the mighty Catalyst which is our family cruising cat and we are out on most weekends in summer punishing the liver. Might have a few more bits to add (about 25 years) in there, but run out of space.
|What appeals most about doing the RNI
||All-round challenge – mental/tactical and physical.
|What are your essential food items during the race?
||Biltong and Anna Mair’s venison stew (same as for White Island).
|What will your meals be like during the race?
||The venison stew is deluxe and bacon and egg sammies for breakie is great if weather permits.
Fresh apples a must, and last resort the Back Country spag bol freeze dry.
Cooking and washing up facilities may not be the best in the fleet.
|What’s your favourite point of sail and why?
||FRO reaching for a hoon and moderate upwind for sleeping while the other guy drives for a bit.
|What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on?
||Pretty competitive boat in all conditions, with no real weakness other than potentially the crew.
|Describe your skipper/co-skipper in 5 words
||He loves to wear Speedo’s.
|Tell us about the training and buildup that you have been doing for this race both on and off the water?
||I used the boat for the Enduro and Triple Series over winter (with Maddock, Richie, Peron and Jonty) while Steve was away and we recently did the White Island race together.
Learnt plenty on the WI race, mainly how hard you have to push the boat to be competitive in the fleet and how critical sail choices are.
We plan on doing a few nights yachting after work, trying to improve sail changes and maneuvers.
Personally, I will do a bit of exercise leading up to the event. Not like a marathon or anything though.
|What’s your favourite drink and why?
||Water because you die without it… Luckily there is water in Steiny Classic and water can also be mixed with rum.
|Will you be taking any luxury items on the race? – If so, what is it and why?
||I need a butt cushion fitted to the side decks by the helm.
Lets see if I can convince Steve.
|What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?
||MOB and/or real bad weather causing some drama.
|Who’s your biggest opposition and why?
||Where do you start? A pretty handy group of sailors right across the fleet. I work with Sara though, so we need to beat Motorboat 11.
|Tell us about your biggest supporters
||My lovely wife Jo #1 for sure.
Kids will all come down to the capital for a visit.
Jo’s olds and mine will certainly be watching and letting me know what we did wrong.
|What’s most exciting/challenging about this race for you?
||The combined tactical and physical challenge is really exciting. Maintaining good mental strength will be crucial I believe.
|What sound system do you have on board? What’s likely to be playing?
||Anna Mair gave us a pre-loaded iPod and we have a new portable sound box on deck. Green boat party after racing anyway.
|It’s the night before the big race – how do you get your head in the game?
||A nice little cuddle with my wife and then a good night sleep hopefully, but more likely just waking up every hour to have another look at the weather and Nav.