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SEA Yachting Q & A
Written by Administrator    Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:15    PDF Print E-mail

Favourite Marina?
OMYC Pattaya.
Favourite Anchorage?
The Basin - Pittwater NSW.
Favourite Chandlery?
Gary Baguley's Blue Sea Marine at OMYC.
Favourite Sailing Film?
You Tube Clip - 1983 Race No 7 last leg of Australia II win over Liberty - (get that into yu's).
Favourite Sailing Book?
A Voyage for Mad Men by Peter Nichols
Favourite Sailing Hero?
John Bertrand.

Favourite Boat Show?
It's been so long since I have been to one I wouldn't have one.
Favourite type of sailing boat?
Favourite Regatta?
Top of the Gulf - OMYC
Sailing race you still most want to compete in?
Hamilton Island Race Week.
Sailing destination you still most want to get to?
The Bay of Islands NZ.
Sailing journey you'd still like to make?
Any yacht delivery with my mates from Thailand.
What could the Thai gov't do to improve marina business in this country?
Lower the duty on Captain Morgan's Rum.
If you weren't in the sailing business, you would be...?
"I owe my love of sailing and surf, to my Father (aka Big Ray). When I was nine, although all I wanted to do was surf, he decided (we) should also take up sailing, so with plans for a small sailing dinghy, some ply wood and no knowledge of sailing, let alone boat building, he built our first boat in the family's garage. Our first set of sails, were cut down by Mum on the kitchen table from an old set of VJ sails. We joined, Toukley Sailing Club on Canton Beach, Tuggerah Lakes, NSW (there was no seaweed & the beach was pristine in those days) and we struggled along there learning to sail for several years before we outgrew the boat & moved into Northbridge Seniors. In those years I think we spent more time swimming than sailing. After two years in the NS, I moved on to racing VJs & Corsairs and then later the 14' Cat Paper Tiger on Lake Macquarie.
"Five years on, with study out of the way, a full time job in the Power Generation Industry, a mortgage & a marriage came our first baby; a beautiful Sonata 8, a small 8m keel-boat, we named Impulse. We raced her at the Gwandlyn Yacht Club on Lake Macquarie for a few years, but unfortunately sailing was placed on hold a few years later with kids, careers and an even bigger mortgage. Eventually, in the early 90s, I returned to crewing on a Swabrick S80, with old school & football buddies from Mannering Park Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie and continue, when I can, to sail with the same guys when in Australia today. In the mid 90s opportunities arose for work in overseas power plants taking me to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Libya, the Philippines & Indonesia before finally finding my way to Thailand in 2000 & again 2006. So sailing during those early years became a little spasmodic due to the constant travel & work commitments.
"In 2006, when I returned to Thailand, I discovered the great facilities at OMYC & purchased a Platu The Beaver and we raced her regularly. We were also fortunate to be sponsored by our good friends at Gulf Charters. A few years later we moved on from the Platus and purchased our first 'real' sports boat, a Phuket 8 Vino, again racing her out of OMYC. With my contract coming to an end and plans of returning back to Oz with Vino in 2010 we decided to purchase a second P8 Surf Patrol to race out of Phuket. With my good friends in Thailand & a few mates who fly in from Australia, we continue to race Surf Patrol in the local Thailand regattas whenever we can; only now it's the surfing which gets in the way of my sailing.
"Special mention to my crew, who without them Surf Patrol wouldn't get off the boat trailer - Marco, Mathew, Matt, Mick & Tijl and occasionally Simmsy & Andy."