Skipper Edwin Delaat
Fourteen year old Edwin Delaat is a passionate focused yachtsman with thousands of sea miles under his belt. Not only does he have the practical skills but also the qualifications to back them up. At the age of nine he and his seven year old sister gained their VHF Marine Operator's Licenses. This earned them the "Captain Mike Little Award", the first time this was awarded to a child. A year later Edwin completed the Day Skippers Course.
In 2008 he successfully completed the Coastguard Northern Region Recruit Intake Program including the practical In Water Survivability component, soon followed with becoming one of the youngest to pass the Boat Masters exam with a score of 87,5%. On 24 May 2009 he passed the exam in Advanced Sea Survival and earned his certificate of competency to be found duly qualified. And on the 11 July 2010 he gained his qualification as New Zealand GPS Operator.
In October 2008 he became the youngest entrant in the Coastal Classic yacht race, crewing on Starlight Express, after writing to skipper Mike Wilson asking why he should or could not be a crewmember.
After that first race in the Coastal Classic 2008 Edwin Delaat crewed again on Starlight Express, including the Gold Cup Inshore Series 2008 and 2009, Balokovic Cup 2010, and recently the ANZ Auckland to Denarau Ocean Race 2010.
November 2008 Edwin talked his way into becoming a crewmember in the Round White Island Ocean Race on Ragtime/Infidel on which in the following summer of 2009 he also crewed in the Auckland Anniversary Regatta, the Round Kawau Island Race, Classic Yacht Regatta and the Millennium Cup.
In October 2009 he became the youngest skipper in the Coastal Classic yacht race from Auckland to Russell (Bay of Islands) while skippering his own boat Crac-A-Jac.
In March 2010 SY Celandine in the NZ Marine Cup won first prize, Edwin Delaat crewed and helmed. In April he experienced his first trans-Tasman crossing on the delivery trip to Brisbane, Australia.
In May 2010 Edwin Delaat became the youngest entrant in the 2010 Ocean Race Auckland to Denarau, Fiji, again crewing on Starlight Express
Edwin Delaat bought Crac-A-Jac in 2008 shortly after passing his Boatmasters at the age of 12. For some years Edwin would keep on saying "that is the boat I want to buy" and got laughed at, Crac-A-Jac wasn't even up for sale. Edwin has been wheeling and dealing in secondhand boatbits and scrap metal to make things happen. After nearly three years saving every cent what came his way did he manage to buy Crac-A-Jac.
Crac-A-Jac had been neglected and was in the need of lots of TLC. Edwin spent endless hours on his new treasure during the summer months whilst not crewing on other yachts. He managed to broker funding in the form of sponsorship and likes to thank his sponsors, as they know who they are.
In 2009 and 2010 he skippered his own keeler "Crac-A-Jac" in the Farr 727 National Championships, SSANZ B&G SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series 2009, HSBC Premier Coastal Classic 2009 and the Auckland Anniversary Regatta 2010
His ultimate dream is sailing around the world in a speed machine preferably in the Volvo Ocean Race. Currently he is focused on the next SSANZ, Coastal Classic and Round White Island Ocean Race and whatever is in between.
He says ocean racing is far more exciting than a sausage course in an inner harbour, and that the skills required in ocean racing are complex and navigation skill paramount. Studying weather patterns and forecasts are a challenge in their own right.
Edwin says "educate yourself to make boating safe and fun" We are all entitled to have a dream and try to live it too.
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