David Howie aka Crew Ogre
I didn't come from a sailing family. But an early experience got me hooked, and by eight I was racing up and down the Hatea River in Whangarei in a P Class.
One thing led to another and more than 40 years and 150,000 miles of racing cruising and delivering later I'm back in NZ.
The transition from full time live aboard cruiser to a house and a job is much harder than the oft written about transition in the opposite direction. Soon after our returning to NZ I discovered Crew.org.nz and I was able to ease the pain by reading and talking sailing, even if I wasn't doing it.
Crew.org.nz also introduced me to new friends and new opportunities to sail.
If my wife complained about the time I spent on the site I simply told her it was cheaper than therapy.
After a few years of repairing the family finances and getting the kids through a "real" school, and worse, a real job for me, I saw Zoe's notice that she wanted to sell the site and move on. It was definitely an easy decision for me and the deal was transacted in very short time.
And here I am, The Fat Controller. Many thanks to all those who have contributed to Crew.org.nz over it's first three years, and to new arrivals, welcome.
Time to ad a PS. We are now the proud new owners (once we finish paying for her) of Black Panther, a 19m Spencer schooner.