Country of Entry: South Africa. Nationality: South African. Hometown: Port Elizabeth.
I have been sailing dinghies since childhood, but sailing since 2006, as a profession: sail training, sailboat deliveries, and since 2015 I have been working for Skip Novak on his Pelagic Expeditions to South Georgia, The Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, Falklands etc. I am currently skippering “Pelagic” and we are presently in Maine doing refit work, getting her ready for next Northern summer in the Arctic. I have done a fair bit of single-handing, mainly along the South African coast, but I have done one long-distance, single-handed delivery from Portugal to South Africa, with only wind-vane as self-steering in 2011/2012, on an old and maintenance-intensive 32 foot ferro-cement sloop. Other than that, I love solitary adventures. I cycled from Europe back home to South Africa (15000km over approximately one year) on my own, when I was 23, through Northwest- and Central Africa into Southern Africa and eventually ending at Cape Agulhas. This was one of the best things I have done in my life, for all its trials and tribulations; it was life-enriching in every sense, and gave me the deepest appreciation of Africa and her people.