Gary Watson

Contact Gary

0800 366 828
gary@sailtraining.co.nz

My love of the sea really started in 1975 when I started sailing in 1975 on a Laser culminating in my first offshore passage from Falmouth to Lisbon in 1977.  Wow!! that was invigorating, satisfying and just plain FUN!

I found that if I immersed myself around other people in the sailing community my opportunities for adventures exploded to a point where I was passionately hooked.

I have sailed monohulls up to 60ft, Catamarans to 55ft and Power boats to 75ft.

I’ve crossed several sea’s and the odd ocean and have about 25,000nm blue water experience.

Having been a Coastguard volunteer since 2004 and Coastguard skipper since 2009 has been a very rewarding aspect to my life.

I have owned a waterski school in the UK (Guernsey) for 5yrs and latterly owned one of NZ’s leading inflatable boat business ‘s on Auckland’s North Shore for 9yrs

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water – Rabindranath Tagore”

Qualifications:

  • 2004 – Ocean Yachtmaster
  • 2008 – Coastguard Search & Rescue qualified skipper
  • 2010 – Powerboat level 2 instructor
  • 2012 – SRL commercial skipper up to 24m and 99 passengers

Happy Sailing.