Have you always been a sailor?

My father was a NZ representative sailor and introduced me to sailing at the age of 6yrs after building a sabot sailing dinghy, firstly for my brother, and then latterly passing it on to me. Sailing the estuary at our holiday spot in Ruakaka honed the skillset.

What else do you do apart from owning Yachting companies?

Vicki and I have interests all over the place, in property and finance and related service companies. Diversity is good, but it comes with stresses.. hence a day or two out on the water is often a saviour.

I hear you and the family spent some time on a yacht in the Mediterranean, tell us more?

Yes we spent 18months sailing the Mediterranean as a family in 2007… terrific time for family connections and a chance to explore not only the med, but throughout Europe and the Middle East. Kids were 6,9,12 and I can attest that it’s a great age be exploring the world as it gives the children a large view on different cultures and broadens their outlook. People often ask…Yes there were a few storms, but unsurprisingly the real stresses came mostly from dodgy taxi drivers.