Constructing rafts, canoes and a catamaran beside the Bielersee -Switzerland with my father developed my love for the water and curiosity for the wider world.

After studying engineering and working in watch making, I needed a change. Five Swiss winters in a tin shed and my yacht “L’Epervier” was finally launched into the Rhine. In the Mediterranean I erected rigging, taught myself ocean sailing and left Europe.

What an indescribable adventure it was, the whales the stars, the sunsets as company. I sailed into Sydney in October 1976.

Swell  reflects the contradictory nature of my relationship with the sea and the pull it has exerted on me to follow less trodden paths.