Mick Butler is a world champion sailor who lives on Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.
He started sailing when he was a kid, about eight or nine years old and moved into Hobbi catamarans as a teenager leaving school. He’s been sailing Hobbi cats ever since.
During the interview he discussed how sailing is very weather dependent and how you can’t just be good at 30 knots of wind, you can’t be just good at flat water and 5knots of wind, you have to have skills for all different conditions.
Mick talked about how a variety of conditions govern what makes a good team; it’s all about variety of conditions, variety of places, variety of competitors.
In this film Mick is sailing with Chan Yu Ting who actually lives in Hong Kong and was visiting at the time of this race.
Mick is forming a team with his son, Patrick. They had some success in Fiji at the challenge there last year. It really is a two person boat and you have to form a team.
Over the years Mick has had great success in sailing, In the 14ft class he had seven national titles in a row and then moved on to the Hobbi 16ft which is the biggest catamaran class in the world. Success was harder to come by in that class but eventually in Fiji 2007 with crew Suths Everington he achieved a world championship. The team prepared for three years for the event and were amazed when it actually came off.
Sailing, like any sport is about practice. Most of Mick’s biggest success have happened whilst in his forties. There’s a saying in sailing says Mick, time on the water, and that’s what it amounts to, getting out there and practicing.
Mick say’s that a person can be unbeatable at their local sailing club but take them away from the venue that they know and they loose their air of authority. Something is lost. He says he always tries to attend new events to challenge himself as much as possible.
Having come first and second In the last two national championships
Mick and his new crew member Worsety Wilson are building for the next world titles.