Steve Tucker – Entrepreneur
In August 2017, I joined David and his crew aboard Ocean Gem for the annual Hamilton Island Race Week Regatta. I have known Dave for close to 20 years through business in New Zealand. When he invited me to join the crew for the regatta I jumped at the opportunity. I have been a casual sailor since I was a teenager and was happy to join the crew as a general deckhand. David and his team blew me away with the sailing and social experience I had and needless to say I am returning to Hamilton Island Race Week from New Zealand to join the crew again in 2018. As a skipper, a teammate and sailor David is exceptional.
The environment he creates is relaxed and yet his competitiveness is infectious. He communicates and teaches in a way that puts everyone at ease. He likes to win and yet is just as happy to sit with a beer at the end of the day and reflect on successes and failures for the day. Also more than happy to have the odd joke thrown into the discussion, especially if its a bit of the old Aussie/Kiwi banter. David is certainly a cool and calm skipper and an extremely competent sailor. I look forward to the next time I step onboard Ocean Gem.