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Nicholas Preller 'yotnic' (59)

Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia

“I am passionate about Yachts and Sailing. I have been sailing since I was eleven years old. When I was at boarding school, in Queenstown (Queens College), our Hostel Master used to take us out to Bongola Dam where there was sailing most weekends and regular regattas. I would hang around the sailors who were rigging their yachts in the hope that one of them would give me a ride. I guess this must have been a bit irritating for some of them but I did offer to help with their dolly when they launched their boats into the water. Sometimes, one kind sailor would ask me to crew for them and then I got the ride I was looking for. While sailing with them, they would show me the ropes and soon I learned to skipper Lasers, Fireballs and Sprogs. A Dentist who had a beautiful daughter who my brother dated, allowed my brother and I to sail his Paper Tiger. Their was a photographer who had a Hobie Cat and my brother and I sailed with him too, my brother skippering because he was older and wiser than me. My first boat was a Hobie 14 which I sailed at Rustfontein Dam. My brother Douglas is also a keen sailor and he first bought the Hobie Cat and then I later bought it from him. There was someone selling a Pirate keel boat at the Gariep Dam and so I sold my Hobie Cat in favour of the keel boat. Unfortunately the sale went to another buyer and I never got around to buying another boat after that. After 23 years of no sailing, married life and raising children, I found a boat eventually. It's a Hobie 16 and I sail it off the coast at Walvis Bay. I have spied a nice yacht which Wifey and I both like.”

Nicholas has been sailing since 1972


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InterestDelivery, Cruising, Mile Building

WhenWeekends, Holidays


TransportI can provide my own transport

ExpensesI will share / pay my expenses

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Questions and Answers

  • Who do you most admire in sailing?

    Bertie Reed

  • What is the fastest you have sailed and on what boat was it?

    15 knots on a Hobie 16. Only 7 knots on an L34.

  • What is your best sailing memory?

    Passing my Sailing exams and being awarded my Radio operators license and my skippers ticket.

  • What is your worst sailing memory?

    Capsizing my Hobie Cat and my wife getting her leg caught between the dolphin striker rod tension bar and the front crossbar.

  • What, if anything, have you learned from your experiences sailing?

    Respect the ocean.

  • Offshore or inshore and why?

    Both are wet.

  • In sailing, what do you most want to achieve?

    Cruise interesting waters that my wife and I can enjoy together.

  • Who or what first introduced you to sailing?

    As a child, sailing with friends and family.

  • What item of sailing kit could you not do without at sea?

    Life raft,

  • What is your favourite sailing venue(s) and why?

    Table Bay, always a good wind blowing.

  • What is the longest passage you have done (without stops)?

    Table Bay to Houtbay.

  • What is your favourite boat(s) and why?

    Turkish Gulet. It's wood.


  • favourite venue

    Table Bay, Houtbay, Walvis Bay, Friendhau Dam, Ionian, Greece, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkas

  • favourite boat

    Hobie 16, Bavaria 46 Cruiser, Jeanneau Sun Odessy 33i

  • favourite bar / pub

    Joe's Beerhouse, Windhoek, Tiger reef Swakopmund


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