About the podcast
I am a sailing addict. I have watched, followed or listened to almost every Americas Cup Series and Volvo Ocean Race since 1987. The highs and lows of supporting the New Zealand Teams have been a rollercoaster ride over the years.
I am a 48 year old New Zealander that has lived in Australia for 12 years and I dream of returning to NZ for summer every year to live on a piece of Waiheke Island paradise in a place overlooking my beloved Hauraki Gulf.
After being a dinghy sailor for many years, I purchased a 1992 Beneteau 44.5 in 2011 and spent 2 summers cruising the top half of the North Island, before sailing her (Ocean Gem) across the Tasman in late 2013, with my 68 year old father as part of the crew, to where she is now based at the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) on the Gold Coast and raced regularly.
It was such a great experience that I wrote and published an iBook ‘Sailing the Tasman Sea’, so my Dad could keep a memory of our treasured trip together, forever. This was the first time in my life that I really understood the power of capturing and sharing stories. I am not a writer or journalist and my background has been in building and managing businesses.
I am a sailor and I love introducing new people to my love of all things sailing.
My Ocean Gem racing crew have now compete in more than 400 races including the Sydney to Hobart, Sydney to Gold Coast and Solo Tasman Races. I think we are possibly the only 1992 Beneteau to ever get a carbon sail wardrobe and an IRC rating.
Some of my favourite reads are 'Peter Montgomery: The Voice of Yachting' by Bill Francis (2015) and ‘Australian Ocean Racing’, published in 1967 by Murray Davis and they are great chronicles of the birth of Ocean Racing in New Zealand and Australia, going back as far as 1907 with the first Melbourne to Tasmania Race. I have also been avidly listened to Andy Schell's 59 North Sailing Podcast since 2015.
These books have again reinforced to me that there are so many untold sailing stories that need to be captured and shared or they risk being lost forever.
Its inspired me to launch my own sailing podcast series (similar to 59 North, but for the Southern Hemisphere), so I can capture and share these New Zealand and Australian ocean racing and sailing stories on a regular basis with armchair sailors, cruisers and racers across Australasia.
If you know of anyone whose story I can capture and share, please email me: email@example.com