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Monday, January 18, 2016

Catch up Part 1: I'm back.....sorry for the lack of posts....its been busy!

Its now Jan 2016 and a lot of water has flowed under the hull since the 2014 Solo Tasman Race, but I will get to that shortly.

'Jaycee II' a 24ft Sharkcat with 2 x 235hp circa 1983
A quick trip down memory lane........an old mate called John Kumm was my sailing mentor. This guy was Australian Water Ski champion and all round great guy. Hungry for more than cruising on Johns Fisher 32 'Seabird', I started to race. An old mate recently dropped this picture of 'Fat Albert' (circa 1985) a slightly modded J24 I used to crew on with five other volunteer Air Sea Rescue Skippers

It was a great fun working our way from the back of the fleet to the front over time, breaking stuff and scaring ourselves.....lets think about that for a minute.....scaring rescue boat skippers, it had to be bad! Competed in the Inaugural Jupiters Classic with 'Fatso' and we did ok for one of the smallest in the fleet.
'Fat Albert' circa 1985

After eight or so years in ASR it was time to depart for a three year stint in the QLD Ambulance Service putting both my mechanical and rescue skills to good use. In 1991 it was off to the Royal Australian Air Force for a change in lifestyle and the start of many adventures.

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