Jaime Dibble at the helm on the 2008 Audi Sydney to Goldcoast Race
|Club||Middle Harbour Yacht Club|
|Boats Sailed On||Apocalypse|
Exile Farr 40
Just a Dash
Pla Loma IV
I learnt to sail on a laser and in my late teens sailed my own Hobie 16 and 18.
When I was 15, I was a Tender Driver and Start Boat driver at MHYC with Steve Perks.
I have sailed may on many boats including:
* Adams 10 metre - The Bird and we were the winner of first gun boat trophy.
* 1977- 1979 - Satin Sheets, a Petersen 2 tonner with Michael Green
* 1980 - spent two years overseas sailing boats.
* 1985 - Thirlmere owned by Simon Green.
* 1986- 1995
* Paladin owned by Col Franklen, we were fourth overall and Division B winner in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1986
* Police Car - owned by Sir James Hardy
1996 - 2008
* Salamander - an Adams 10 and we won the 1996 Australian championships in the Eleven Metre one design at Pittwater
* Quest - a TP 52 owned by Bob Steel.
* Elena Nova - owned by Craig Neal
* Just a Dash - owned by Phil Dash
Growing up and sailing with and against some amazing sailors made me a better sailor. This includes Steve White, Peter Ryan, Andrew Pearson, Graeme Ferguson, Greg Hyde, George Canfield, Craig Nicholls and Roger Hickman. A highlight for me was sailing with three amazing women on Apocalypse - Julie Hodder, Susie Standard and Karen Ovari. Never did I see these girls take a step backwards.
What I loved about sailing was the excitement of the start, AND the beer after. Sailing with legends was also a bonus - Hugh Treharne, Gary Geitz were the nicest people.
But the camaraderie and bond you get when you sail offshore with people lasts forever. A good owner makes a happy boat. Some of the greatest I sailed with were Ken White, Simon Green, Rob Reynolds, Sir James Hardy, Bob Steel and Craig Neal.