Married to Katrina Skinner with a daughter Storm Skinner
I learnt to sail in a P class but with a need for speed I started sailing Hobie cats and Cherubs in my early teens. This lead to racing 12ft and 18ft skiffs at the highest level. I have competed at many dinghy world championships and still enjoy 12fter racing after close to 20 years in the class.
A few years ago I moved into the big boat scene where I work as a marine professional – racing, delivering and preparing boats for grand prix regattas and ocean races. I have been fortunate enough to sail on some amazing boats from 35 fters to Volvo 70’s and 100 ft canting keel maxis in races all over the globe. Some highlights include Sydney Hobarts, Chicago to Macinaw and Gotland Runt.
Shorthanded sailing has always been a passion. I enjoy the challenges of 2 handed sailing and the extra effort required to keep the boat racing at full speed especially offshore in the longer events. My first real taste of it was with Tony Morgan on Whitebait in the 2008 Round North Island race. Hooked on the challenge I brought my own boat Truxton and went on to compete in 2 more Round North Island races in 2010 and 2014 and the last Round New Zealand race in 2012.
I am looking forward to sailing with Shane round New Zealand on Titanium and hope for fair winds and following seas.