|Relationship to Co – Skipper||Aged friend|
|Yacht Club||SSANZ, Gulf Harbour Yacht Club.|
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background||Had sailing parents, so started out sailing P class at age 8 in Wellington. Moved up through centreboard classes, designing and building 4 Moths and 3 Javelins. Won 2 South Pacific and 4 National titles in Javelins, then moved into 18 footers in the early 1980’s, wining the Nationals and top NZ boat at two worlds.|
Sailed a couple of Wellington – Gisborne races and competed in the Kenwood Cup in Hawaii.
My 30’s and 40’s were more dominated with family and business. 50’s sailing was more rum racing, but side-tracked by competing in multi-sport events: completing 3 Coast – Coasts and several mountain marathons and ultra marathons.
So at about 65, time to get back into sailing, buying my first keelboat as a “retirement project”. Haven’t seen the retirement yet, but enjoying getting the boat into more race mode.
|What appeals most about doing the RNI||Another bucket list item to tick off.|
|What are your essential food items during the race?||Coffee and bumper bars.|
|What will your meals be like during the race?||We are in the cruising division, and our meals will hopefully match that.|
My wife (hopefully) will produce some of her gourmet meals that can be frozen and reheated.
|What’s your favourite point of sail and why?||Eased sheets – easy and pleasant sailing.|
|What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on?||She responds very well to sail adjustment – part of the small boat legacy.|
|Describe your skipper/co-skipper in 5 words||Untidy, disorganised, forgetful, good friend.|
|Tell us about the training and buildup that you have been doing for this race both on and off the water?||Trying to get as much time on the water as possible.|
My currently infrequent gym sessions concentrating more on core and upper body.
|What’s your favourite drink and why?||Sav blanc, Pinot Noir, Rum ……………|
|Will you be taking any luxury items on the race? – If so, what is it and why?||Espresso Coffee.|
|What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?||MOB.|
|Who’s your biggest opposition and why?||Everyone – the field is pretty hot.|
|Tell us about your biggest supporters||My wife Kristine.|
|What’s most exciting/challenging about this race for you?||It’s into the unknown. With a combined crew age of 138, our stamina and strength will not be that of the younger crews, so we will have to pace ourselves.|
|What sound system do you have on board? What’s likely to be playing?||A CD player that is not currently working – another item to be replaced.|
|It’s the night before the big race – how do you get your head in the game?||Lots of sleep and not too much wine.|