Starting life in sail making in the 1970’s to race director for the Volvo Ocean Race Jack Lloyd has spent the last 40 + years dedicated and committed to the sailing fraternity.
In the early 90’s, Jack became involved with New Zealand Youth Sailing teams as manager and coach. This involved a huge number of hours spent in a chase boat, or in a meeting room, motivating and building morale, as well as being a clever strategist and clear communicator. You can’t perform these types of roles without passion for success; both for yourself and others.
By the mid 90’s Jack had joined the elite ranks of sailing judges and umpires, adjudicating at top international regattas. This culminated in him being chosen as a judge and umpire at multiple Olympic Games; Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
It’s clear that Jack has navigated his way swiftly and diligently to become one of the top sailing adjudicators on the global stage. Not bad for a guy who started his own sailmaking and marine canvas business in Whangarei back in the 1970’s!
Jack is one of the good guys who dedicated his life to the success of others and along the way managed to live the dream – he made his passion his work! What an honour to hear from him at Club Northland.