|Relationship to Co – Skipper||Friend|
|Yacht Club||Richmond Yacht Club, SSANZ|
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background||Started in a P Class in Wellington. Then nothing much until taking a 1/4 share in the Young 88 Heartlight for 10 years, racing out of Westhaven and loved the short handed and solo adventures.|
Have done a couple of Transpac’s – LA to Hawaii and Newport to Cabo on my brothers Hobie 33.
Since buying Katana in 2007 have sailed most of the short handed series and completed the 2019 RNZ!
|What appeals most about doing the RNI||The adventure and the people.|
|What are your essential food items during the race?||Plenty of everything.|
|What will your meals be like during the race?||Mix of normal breakfast and lunch things with either ready to eat or freeze dried for dinner.|
|What’s your favourite point of sail and why?||Upwind 14-25 kn is where Katana is most competitive which is always enjoyable.|
|What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on?||Forgiving and well set up for short handed sailing.|
|Describe your skipper/co-skipper in 5 words||Positive, relaxed, dependable and great taste in whisky.|
|Tell us about the training and buildup that you have been doing for this race both on and off the water?||Our first 2 handed adventure was the Anzac 250 back in 2015 on the Y88. Since then we have dropped the rig in the 2018 Auckland to Tauranga race, and then sailed the 2019 SSANZ Triple Series.|
After completing the 2019 Coastal Classic 2 handed we carried on doing about 400nm in total, rounding Great Barrier and down to the Alderman Islands before heading back to Auckland.
Safety systems and drills will be be practiced during a mid December weekend.
Specific back strengthening exercises and a rowing machine will be added on top of the usual running and riding.
|What’s your favourite drink and why?||Water / tea / coffee / beer / whisky / rum – depending on the time of day.|
|Will you be taking any luxury items on the race? – If so, what is it and why?||Too much of everything to make sure we are comfortable and enjoy it.|
|What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?||Getting caught in an uncontrollable situation.|
|Who’s your biggest opposition and why?||Gale Force – who we race most often – and they usually beat us.|
|Tell us about your biggest supporters||Wife Christine is very supportive in letting me neglect most other parts of family life for sailing. Daughters Anna and Kate occasionally show a little interest.|
|What’s most exciting/challenging about this race for you?||Pulling all the pieces together and completing it safely and well. Getting in and out of Wellington well.|
|What sound system do you have on board? What’s likely to be playing?||Fusion – or headphones. Dated mix of singer songwriters.|
|It’s the night before the big race – how do you get your head in the game?||Overthink the first sail options.|