|Relationship to Co – Skipper
||Have been putting up with sailing together for over 20 years.
|Have you done an RNI before? On what boat and when?
||We went around last time together on Spy.
||SSANZ, RPNYC, WBC
|Tell us a little about your sailing history/ background
||A bit of sailing in OK’s, Finn’s, FD’s, when they were an Olympic class, I guess that’s dating me.
Started keeler sailing in Wellington on a Young 11 in the 80’s. Sailed for a few years on Mr Roosevelt and then Terminator with Neville Wills.
Have done a few offshore races and pretty much every race out of Wellington at one time or another.
Like a few of the other entrants, we have been sailing in the Elliott 5.9 traveler series for the last three years.
|What appeals most about doing the RNI
||It’s an achievable challenge.
|What will your meals be like during the race?
||Spy has an oven, fridge and freezer. We will be eating well, accompanied by some Marlborough wines.
|What’s your favourite point of sail and why?
||Flat running with a symmetric mast head kite while, hopefully watching the A sail boats disappear over the horizon behind us.
|What do you like most about the boat you are sailing on?
||It has pedigree and history having originally been Murray Ross’s own yacht. It’s also cool sailing a yacht that’s over 30 years old but still competitive in the right conditions.
|Describe your skipper/co-skipper in 5 words
||Cool, calm, experienced, smart arse.
|Tell us about the training and buildup that you have been doing for this race both on and off the water?
||The usual boat maintenance stuff, a few new sails from Evolution. Craig has put an exercise programme together to get us a bit fitter for the race.
We will be delivering Spy to Auckland so will get a bit of practice in then as well.
|What’s your favourite drink and why?
||Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Why? Because it helps pay the bills on Spy!
|Will you be taking any luxury items on the race? – If so, what is it and why?
||Nespresso coffee and good wine.
|What’s your biggest fear when you think about the RNI?
||Gear failure forcing us to retire.
|Who’s your biggest opposition and why?
||Sleep deprivation. Last time around we made some dumb mistakes when we were tired that cost us places.
|What sound system do you have on board? What’s likely to be playing?
||If it’s anything like last time, Josh and Damon will have the sounds covered for the whole fleet!