In April 2014, Nick stepped off a train in a town where nearly everyone goes to start their yachting career, Antibes in the South of France. This is where he made his first mistake, taking the train from Paris… The flight to Nice is a lot faster and cheaper. Five months later, after a lot of networking, dockwalking different marinas, dayworking on numerous vessels across South of France and Italy (two days of which were not paid), he got his start on a 45m yacht as a temporary deckhand, the gig was for three months starting in France and ended in Antigua in the Caribbean. 

Fast forward eight years later, July 2022, he was sitting on a Greek island, beach hopping and enjoying two months paid rotational leave in the middle of the Mediterranean summer. He was employed as Rotational Chief Officer on an 81m superyacht, M/Y Air. During this time, he spoke with one of the creators of sister website Yachties of NZ, and this is where Yachties of Australia started.

Since that train ride in 2014 he has learnt a thing or two about the yachting industry, lessons in what not to do, picked up a few hints and tricks along the way, progressed through the ranks, travelled half the globe and gathered enough advice to pass on through Yachties of Australia.