Nickname: Some people call me Whattime... others call me Hans
Hometown: Chesterton, IN
Resides: Chesterton, IN
Dave has been sailing since his first ride on a Sunfish off the beach on the southern shores of Lake Michigan in the middle of the country. From there he progressed through small boats – Lasers and Hobie Cats – to half ton keel boats, 3/4 ton and 1 ton racing machines and on up in size. He competed in many events, with crew and solo, and in October of 2013 he started an amazing journey on a Farr designed Kiwi 40 FC, Bodacious Dream, eventually covering 25,000 miles solo around the globe. After leaving Jamestown, RI, and stopping in Cape Town, Wellington (NZ), the Galapagos Islands and the Panama Canal, he returned home in June of 2014. Dave still races on Lake Michigan when he is back home… enjoying the amazing ocean of fresh water and its beautiful but ever more fragile eco systems.
On Ocean and Sailing Passion...
The Great Lakes have been my home since 9 years old. I’ve grown up in the middle of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park and have a keen relationship with wild areas… regardless of where they are. I love the open desert as much as the wide ocean. I’ve experienced first-hand the health of the ocean and have shed tears with dolphins as they swim through poluted waters. It’s time friends, it’s time to work on this problem. The ocean can heal if we stop beating it up.
I am actively engaging my local sailing community and I am committed to youth education and ocean stewardship.
I’m approaching the larger boat yards on Lake Michigan to support them in making environmentally positive changes and find viable solutions. Simple changes in recycling, use of plastics, water bottles and such.
I’m approaching yacht clubs, event organizers and fleets on the Great Lakes to raise awareness on sustainability during their big regattas and to implement some simple changes that can have a big impact on this fragile ecosystem, such as eliminating single-use water bottles.
I continue to build the Education Outreach program for the Atlantic Cup for 2016.
Patagonia – I don’t know of another more proactive corporate model out there.