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Nicholas Preller 'yotnic' (53)

Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

“I am passionate about Yachts and Sailing. I have been sailing since I was eleven years old. When I was at boarding school, in Queenstown (Queens College), our Hostel Master used to take us out to Bongola Dam where there was sailing most weekends and regular regattas. I would hang around the sailors who were rigging their yachts in the hope that one of them would give me a ride. I guess this must have been a bit irritating for some of them but I did offer to help with their dolly when they launched their boats into the water. Sometimes, one kind sailor would ask me to crew for them and then I got the ride I was looking for. While sailing with them, they would show me the ropes and soon I learned to skipper Lasers, Fireballs and Sprogs. A Dentist who had a beautiful daughter who my brother dated, allowed my brother and I to sail his Paper Tiger. Their was a photographer who had a Hobie Cat and my brother and I sailed with him too, my brother skippering because he was older and wiser than me. My first boat was a Hobie 14 which I sailed at Rustfontein Dam. My brother Douglas is also a keen sailor and he first bought the Hobie Cat and then I later bought it from him. There was someone selling a Pirate keel boat at the Gariep Dam and so I sold my Hobie Cat in favour of the keel boat. Unfortunately the sale went to another buyer and I never got around to buying another boat after that. After 23 years of no sailing, married life and raising children, I found a boat eventually. It's a Hobie 16 and I sail it off the coast at Walvis Bay. I have spied a nice yacht which Wifey and I both like.”

Nicholas has been sailing since 1972


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Dinghy sailing, Cruising (Sail) and Cruising (Power).

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Crew, Skipper, Guest, Owner or Deckhand.

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  • favourite venue

    Walvis Bay, Friendhau Dam

  • favourite boat

    Hobie 16

  • favourite bar / pub

    Joe's Beerhouse, Windhoek


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