I consider myself one of the most fortunate people in the world. From the age of 18 I became a professional diver and began my life at sea. Aged 22 I built my first yacht. In 1971 my wife and I purchased "Spray", a 40 foot Gaff rigged yawl, named after the sloop owned by the famous single hander Joshua Slocum, who was lost in 1910, the year our Spray was launched.
Spray was sold in New Zealand and I began construction of the 62 foot Kauri ketch "Freebooter" which was to take 10 years from start to finish. In 1984 with our 9 and 11 year old sons we set off on a world circumnavigation during which time we lived and worked in some of the most beautiful countries of the world. In Venezuela we completed the first legal New Zealand adoption of our lovely daughter Yusmari.
I have sailed New Zealand waters every year covering many miles of our fantastic coastline. New Zealand truly is the best cruising ground in the world, in my opinion. I have been involved as a course official in both Amercias Cup defenses held in New Zealand, and am now a member of both Devonport and Sandspit Yacht Clubs.
My latest voyage — that into the world of writing — continues to excite me. I trust you will be as gripped in reading my books as I have been in writing them.
At present we are on another round the world trip for pleasure and research — this time it's a little faster — by plane!
Book review by Boat Books Ltd (PDF 47 kb)
Book review by Toni V. Sweeney, (PDF version)