Penury – Michael Paauwe

A real late starter in sailing. Only a few years back and almost straight away jumped in to buying my own yacht.  I signed up for the single handed series as a personal challenge with the goal of completing every race, learning as I went.  It’s not as hard as I expected and it certainly makes you a better sailor. You’re not relying on the expertise of your crew and you’re free to experiment and play with things you wouldn’t normally adjust.

Michael’s Stats:

Racing Singlehanded Since: 2020
Boat Length: 10.4m
Longest Race Sailed Alone: Auckland to Mahurangi
Number of Broaches with Spinnaker: Not many, maybe 3
Max Wind Speed Sailed Alone: 29 knots
Races Finished First on Line: None
Races Finished First on Handicap: 1
Races Not Finished: 3
Races Finished Last: A couple
Longest DNF Time: Coastal Classic 2020, 28hrs, not single handed