|Relationship to Co – Skipper
|Have you every done the RNI before?
||Attempted it in 2017 on Jet a Farr 1020.
Got almost all the way round until the final leg when an unfortunate engine over run off the Mahia Peninsula filled the boat with smoke, blew the head gasket and killed the electrics.
||Nelson Yacht Club & SSANZ
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background
||Started sailing in Tauranga in the 1980’s sailing dinghy’s, Optimists, P-class, Hobie 16’s, 470, E5.9. Some keelboat racing, then a long period of career & family focus with a return back to sailing in the last 15 years. Started back with family with trailer yachts, then wanting to get competitive again started crewing coastal races and purchased a number of keelboats. Farr 1020, SR26 and now own the keelboat which we are taking around RNI, but can also still take the family away on, the Beneteau First 36.7 – Fifth Dimension.
|What appeals most about doing the RNI
||Ticking it off the bucket list and the achievement.
|What are your essential food items during the race?
|What will your meals be like during the race?
||We went with home made frozen meals last time which were absolutely superb. It was always a highlight of the day to discuss what the defrost plan was, for the evening meal (can do that on a slow boat). No freezer this time so we are looking to compromise, but won’t be the freeze dried military rations if we can avoid it.
|What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?
||The grey / white whale that we almost hit last time in Cook Strait coming back for another go.
|What sound system do you have on board? What’s likely to be playing?
||An upgrade is planned before the delivery to Auckland – budget dependent.