Roberts, (right) who originally commissioned the building of Crazybird,
is a highly skilled and experienced engineer and obviously keen boatie
with a long history of different craft. He also has a stream of restored
classic cars to his credit, is currently into building Rob Roy classic
canoes, and loves a good red (wine). Just about everything made of metal
aboard Crazybird has been handmade by Nev. Sails aboard Crazybird as midship
hand. Always good for a bit of advice.
Freeman, (left) after a temporary office job in Insurance lasting 40 years,
has now taken up his true vocation, woodworking. John has been the craftsman
behind most of the finishing and improvements on Crazybird. Sails aboard
Crazybird as foredeck hand. He knows his true role is to keep the spray
off the rest of us and is usually successful. Takes a lot of abuse and
doesn't complain much.
Nick Grainger, the current owner, (right) works with people and computers.
He built this website as part of one of his first assignments towards
an MA in Virtual Communication. Since then it has had about 10,000 visits
a year and has a very active Discussion Board. Nick is now working on
a PhD studying the impact of the Internet on Expedition Communication.
For practical experience, Nick sailed as Mate and ran the online communications
aboard 'English Rose VI, a 57' ketch, on a voyage around the world, the
'John Ridgway Save the Albatross
Voyage 2003-4.' (Scotland - Cape Town - Melbourne - Wellington (NZ)
- Cape Horn - Falklands - Azores - London - Scotland). Nick's previous
experience includes sailing a 21ft Shetland foureen 'The Aegre' across
the Atlantic and Pacific, including a complete capsize enroute... (see
The Aegre story). Nick lives in Melbourne,
Australia with his wife Tomoko and two daughters. When he's aboard Crazybird
he's on the helm and giving the orders.
Copyright © 2003 Nick Grainger