Continuing Danny's Philosophy of doing things properly we have/are are putting a passionate team together of the best people in their fields. This campaign has many different area's and we still have some specialist area's we'd need help in if your interested. The area's we are looking for are: Legal, Finance, PR, Admin and Sales/Sponsorship
Meet the team of people already commited to our campaign:
As shore manager its Martin that gets it if any thing goes wrong. A bit rough but he tells us he's thick skinned - so he should be fine. Martin comes with a huge background in ocean racing yacht build and fit out. If we rolled up his specialties its historically been repairs and installations to engineering, electrical, electronic, plumbing and hydraulic systems on race boats.
Currently freelancing as a Project Manager across various refits. Prior to that he Project Managed build, refits and/or engineering systems for numerous boats including Super Yachts, Volvo 70 'Telefonica', Open 60 class yacht
Ecover, Ecover 3, Vendee Global Kingfisher many of these as Project Manager for Owen Clark Design and/or their clients.
Martin also has experience in managing or actual work on many other round the world boats, delivery of boats, shore crew and other duties for America's cup and Volvo Ocean teams etc etc etc etc.
Roger Badham - everyone in yachting calls him 'clouds'
He has a PhD in meteorology - another Dr - but no-one in yachting has ever asked for that particular qualification! He says - you're as good as your last gig. Stuff it up and you are not asked back! It's that simple.
Just on 40 years experience in meteorology and 30 years in marine (yachting) weather. Over that time he has been involved with 8 America's Cups, 7 Olympic games and 29 round the world events like the Volvo Ocean Race. He has been involved in several 'slow' Tasman crossings, assisting Justin and James in their 2 man kayak, Sean and most recently the 4 rowers from Sydney to Auckland.
Roger says "Over the last 30 years, I have probably assisted up to 500 vessels to cross the Tasman - it's a piece of water that i know reasonably well and give it the respect it deserves. It can be very trying and if you are slow - and there's nothing slower than one guy rowing a boat - then the chance of running into terrible weather is basically 100% . It is my job to minimise the bad weather and make sure the proposed route is the best possible at all times."
Tracy has spent most of her life volunteering for Cancer Organizations and is very excited to be working with Danny towards raising money and awareness for Cancer Research. She herself has fought and won the battle against a rare form of cancer. It has been her lifelong mission to do anything she can to give back to the cause which saved her own life. She practices yoga and meditation and teaches these skills to her clients to focus their mind and control their body. She believes in the overwhelming power of the mind and that stretching our brain is just as important as stretching our bodies.
It is her job to get Danny limbered up and mellowed out before his arduous journey across the Tasman. Her smooth Canadian accent has the ability to put him into a state of deep relaxation in record time. Danny's favourite yoga posture is Shavasana. He's a pro.
Tracy Pepper is the hands behind Magic Hands. She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1995 where she studied Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Applied Treatments and Nutrition. She had a private practice as a Registered Neuromuscular Therapist in Toronto, Canada and contracted out to various sports teams, professional stage actors and went on tour with STOMP in Canada. After 10 years, she decided to leave the rat race for a simpler life and found herself in New Zealand.
She started her practice, "Magic Hands" in Mount Maunganui in hopes for a quiet beach life. She secured a regular contract with the All Black Sevens Rugby Team and she also manages her Well-Being Centre. Life is far from quiet, but she loves it.