our fearless Watch Captain Sidney Gavignet once told me, there are very
few high level boats being sailed without Kiwis onboard. He should know
as he won this race with a boat full of them in the Volvo 2005-2006. For
those of you not akin to the sailing slang, a Kiwi is a New Zealander.
I have to agree that it seems they grow great sailors on trees down there.
Fortunately, we have two if the most solid Kiwis I know onboard. Justin
Ferris and Rob Salthouse. Instead of telling you how great they are at
sailing I thought I should give you a quick insight to who they are as
people. Sure they are both solid as-a-rock sailors and can do just about
anything on the boat, but what are they really like? Justin is one of
the most subtle sarcastic ball busters I have ever met. You don’t
even see if coming most of the time! It just gets you right when you’re
not expecting it. Michi has been the recipient of it lately, and I have
to admit, I have jumped in between on occasion to stir it up, but it’s
funny and part of what we do out here. Being real and having fun is all
a huge part of being offshore. Justin’s sarcasm is a welcome wit
– though when it’s coming down on me it may not be so hilarious.