About Me

Growing up in Brisbane, Australia I grew up around boats but only got into racing after getting involved in my high schools sailing club. My passion for sailing intensified while at school and since then I’ve done everything I can to be involved in the sport, including moving around the world to follow sailing opportunities!

While studying Sports Management at Griffith University on the Gold Coast I sailed as much as possible as well as working as a sailing instuctor at local yacht clubs. I skipped graduation to take on my first international adventure  in Mexico, where I spent 8 months working on IACC yachts. After returning to Australia, I moved to Sydney and ended up taking a office job. I took advantage of the diverse sailing in Sydney, and got involved in dinghies, keelboats and one-design racing. It was also where I discovered my passion for offshore racing. Thankfully I got made redundant from the job (I am just not designed for an office!) and attended Sydney Institute of TAFE before it was time to spread my wings again.

In 2010, I arrived in the UK, determined to pursue my offshore racing dreams. After converting my qualifications, I have taken part in various RORC races as well as delivering yachts in Europe and across the Atlantic. I also worked for IMOCA60 and Class 40 teams, skippering on corporate race events, as well as lots more racing including the Fastnet. Having worked on solo and short handed boats, it confirmed to me that I just have to figure out how to give it a go……

 

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At the start of the 2013 Mini Transat

2012 saw me make great progress towards my goal. I gained valuable experience competing in the UK Solent 6.50, UK Mini Fastnet and the Mini Fastnet. I also managed to get a boat to campaign towards the 2013 Mini Transat!! Giving my project 100% I moved to Lorient, the home of Classe Mini which has been an adventure all in its own. My ambition for 2013 year was the 2013 Mini Transat. But first there was the process to qualify as well as the hunt for sponsors. It was a tough year but I made it!! Unfortunately not all dreams come true and that was my case. After long delays to the start of the race, then a cancelled leg 1, I was involved in in a incident while under tow from an official race security boat which saw the loss of my beloved boat 785 and my dreams of the 2013 Mini Transat where literately shattered to a million pieces.

IMGP0080Fortunately (or unfortunately depends on how you see it!!) my dream and determination to race solo and do the Mini Transat has not dimmed and if anything is stronger than ever. Armed with my new boat 635 (pogo 2) I set out to get re-qualified again. After over 1000nm of races and another 1000nm solo non-stop qualification passage I finally got the all clear from Classe Mini. So I have earn’t my spot on the start line but this time it is not about the start……it s the finish!!! I  Living in France, learning french, the sponsorship hunt and off course the racing…….. the rollercoaster continues and I will be writing all about it here- both the highs and lows!!