“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
InterestCruising, Mile Building
TransportI can provide my own transport
ExpensesI will share / pay my expenses
What is your favourite boat(s) and why?
Turkish Gulet. It's wood.
What is your favourite sailing venue(s) and why?
Table Bay, always a good wind blowing.
In sailing, what do you most want to achieve?
Cruise interesting waters that my wife and I can enjoy together.
What, if anything, have you learned from your experiences sailing?
Respect the ocean.
What is your worst sailing memory?
Capsizing my Hobie Cat and my wife getting her leg caught between the dolphin striker rod tension bar and the front crossbar.
Who do you most admire in sailing?
What is the longest passage you have done (without stops)?
Table Bay to Houtbay.
What item of sailing kit could you not do without at sea?
Who or what first introduced you to sailing?
As a child, sailing with friends and family.
Offshore or inshore and why?
Both are wet.
What is your best sailing memory?
Passing my Sailing exams and being awarded my Radio operators license and my skippers ticket.
What is the fastest you have sailed and on what boat was it?
15 knots on a Hobie 16. Only 7 knots on an L34.
Table Bay, Houtbay, Walvis Bay, Friendhau Dam
favourite bar / pub
Joe's Beerhouse, Windhoek, Tiger reef Swakopmund