Guy Reeve – Technology Executive
Sailing 800nm with David Hows on Ocean Gem from Southport to Lord Howe Island and Pittwater via Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs was an absolute blast and one of my all-time top trips, with conditions ranging from challenging to cruisy. I can’t speak highly enough of David’s relaxed, humorous but exemplary leadership and teaching style.
There’s no doubt that safety and crew wellbeing are uppermost in his mind, but he has a particular talent for creating a most enjoyable and positive learning environment and running a safe ship in a calm, low key yet very effective way, even when the wind and seas pick up. His competence and depth of knowledge is remarkable and inspires confidence, as does his ability to communicate some of the subtleties of sailing to others. I have no hesitation in recommending a passage with David on Ocean Gem to anyone.