|Relationship to Co – Skipper||Friend|
|Yacht Club||Naval Point Yacht Club & SSANZ|
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background||I was not one to come through the dinghy classes with most of my sailing after my 20’s.|
My father sailed and we went out with him, but he died when I was young, so it was a few years after that before I really got into sailing. And I have become hooked, buying my first boat – a Young 88, Smokey. We did some miles in her, up and down the coast and some smaller offshore races. I think she thought she was bigger than she was! After that was a syndicate yacht – Jive Talkin, a Davidson 35. Then High Voltage, my dream boat came along, I had wanted an Elliott 1050 for a long time. She is such a honey, sea kindly, comfortable and reasonably fast.
|What appeals most about doing the RNI||It’s the ultimate challenge!|
|What are your essential food items during the race?||We have three – gingernuts, carrots and chocolate!|
|What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on?||What is not to like?|
|Describe your co-skipper in 5 words:||An over enthusiastic optimist!|
|Whats your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?||A rather large storm!|
|Tell us about your biggest supporters:||We are really lucky and have lots, so we better do our best for them.|
To name a few – Viki Moore, who was going to do the race with me – hence VM2 – who due to unfortunate circumstances had to pull out and is now our shore manager.
Johnny my partner, who doesn’t moan about the boat bills, kicks me out of the house to go sailing – LOL – and puts up with endless boat chatter even though he is not a yachty.
Our coach – Matt Stechmann, and the Hurricane team who have done most of the work on the boat – and I always want things a little different to the rest!
Our Canterbury sailing family who have supported, given advice and come out on the water with us when needed. We may be two handed racing but there is a big team from the south!
|Whats most exciting/challenging about this race for you?||Looking forward to the sense of achievement. We have put everything into this race, mostly in isolation of the rest of the fleet. Race day will be the first time we mix it up and see how we will go!|