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Gavin Stichbury - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Gavin Stitchbury - Picton

After three years in the Navy as a marine engineer Gavin left New Zealand to go sailing around the Pacific and Australia for a year.

On returning to New Zealand Gavin went back to marine school and obtained his Commercial Launch Master's ticket and made a living driving water taxis, ferries, tugs and delivering various vessels around New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

After more study and obtaining his New Zealand Offshore Master's qualification, Gavin spent a period teaching Commercial Launch Masters and Coastal Masters at Maritime School before returning to delivering boats again. This took Gavin to the Caribbean, South and Central America and on to the USA and Canada. On returning to New Zealand Gavin and his partner Sarah worked as tender drivers for the super yacht fleet at the America's Cup In Auckland.

A chance meeting with the owner of a 90' Ron Holland yacht who was looking for a skipper and cook to sail himself and his guests through the Pacific to Hawaii was the opportunity for Gavin and Sarah to get into the white boat industry. This led to deliveries to Asia and on to the Mediterranean where, for three years, Gavin was fortunate to skipper yachts including a classic 72' Herreshoff schooner, a 70' Swan and a number of large motor vessels.

Returning again to New Zealand, Gavin and Sarah were involved with the last America's Cup in Auckland before returning to Picton to start a family and enjoy the Marlborough lifestyle. Being a broker for the last six years with Vining Shipbrokers has given Gavin the pleasure of meeting both experienced and novice boat owners. Whether buying, selling or just making an enquiry Gavin is happy to discuss your requirements.

— Call Gavin on 0272 757 716

Pip Strack - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Pip Strack - Picton

Pip has a lifetime of boating experience, starting at a young age he sailed a P Class moving through to the Cherub later on. From there Pip moved into Keeler Sailing, he occasionally purchased yachts in Auckland taking them south to Banks Peninsula for renovation and refurbishment before cruising to the Pacific Islands for some rest and relaxation.

Pip completed an Auckland to Suva race followed by a position skippering a 50ft yacht from Lyttelton to Tahiti.

Pip moved to Picton 12 years ago together with his wife Jill and their two sons. Prior to joining Vining Shipbrokers he was working as a boat builder at Jorgensen's Boatyard working mainly on traditional timber vessels.

Living in the Sounds prompted Pip to change from yachts to launches including a 47ft Charter Launch.

Pip is happy to use his experience with different types of boats to help clients find the boat best suited to their needs.

— Call Pip on 0272 744 886

Brett Cammell - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Brett and his wife Lisa moved to Picton from Auckland in late 2016 as a lifestyle move to enjoy the great boating opportunities in the Marlborough Sounds and to escape the Auckland traffic.

Brett has had 50 years boating experience from small boat racing to crewing on RNZYS championship winning TP52 - V5. Overseas racing experience includes the Hamilton Island race week, fleet racing in Lisbon Portugal and in 2005 competed in the TransAtlantic Challenge aboard the 100ft maxi racer Maximus. Brett and Lisa now enjoy a more relaxed sailing lifestyle in their 35ft cruising yacht. 

After a 40 year broadcasting career with TVNZ as a journalist, documentary maker, and executive producer, Brett moved to the corporate world as KPMG’s New Zealand communications manager for four years. He’s now joined the Vining Marine team in Picton to share his boating and business skills to help clients achieve their boating dreams.

Brett is happy to meet and talk to all boaties about their boating requirements.

— Call Brett on 021 335 740 

 

Rob Greenwood - Marine Broker, Nelson

Rob Greenwood, owner of the Nelson franchise of Vining Marine in Nelson, has been facilitating boat sales nationwide and internationally for over 10 years.

Reflecting his passion for boats, Rob has extensive and wide ranging boating experience. A qualified Yachting New Zealand keelboat instructor, a commercially endorsed RYA and Coastguard Boating Education instructor and examiner, Rob also holds a New Zealand Commercial Launch Masters qualification and a RYA Off Shore Yachtmaster commercially endorsed.

A past Rear Commodore of both the Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club the Nelson Yacht Club, and the Tasman Bay Cruising Club.

Rob has owned several sailing boats over his boating life, besides owning a 58ft motor launch which was in charter around the top of the South Island, he presently races his yacht a J 124 “Wild Blue” in around the buoys as well as participating in offshore events.

Skipper of both his own yacht and for other owners in ocean races to the Pacific Islands he has raced in the grueling two-man race around the North Island. As well as delivering launches and yachts up and down the New Zealand coastline, Rob has skippered international delivery trips from Asia and the Caribbean.

With his passion for all boating, Rob can provide a knowledgeable service to people thinking of buying or selling any sort of vessel and he looks forward to meeting you and discussing your boating needs.

- Call Rob on 0272 245 172 


Steve Raea - Marine Broker, Auckland Based

Steve Raea

Steve's association with the sea and boats charts back to his childhood racing dinghies in Auckland followed by a circumnavigation in the family yacht.

A journalist by profession, Steve has gone on to complete many trans-ocean passages amassing 70,000 offshore miles in racing and cruising yachts.

Steve holds a Yachting NZ Cruising Award for Outstanding Services to Yachting and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge equipping and preparing yachts for cruising and racing. He currently lives aboard his own yacht with his partner Cherie in Auckland.

— Call Steve on 021 560 436


Ian Michel - Managing Director (Picton Based)

Ian Michel - Admin Manager (Picton Based)

May 2019 - Ian Has spent the last ten years as part owner then outright owner of Vining Marine, Ian has overseen the expansion of the business into Nelson. Westhaven and Opua and has a number of Brokers working in other centres around New Zealand.

Over the last few months Ian has licenced off the Westhaven Office to Steve Raea and the Nelson Office to Robert Greenwood, both have been working in their respective offices and are very experienced Marine Brokers and while these to offices are now independantly owned they are still part of the wider Vining Marine Group.

Ian enjoys yacht racing aboard 'Playwright' and mucking about in the garden with his Rhodo's, Roses, Azelas and a whole host of other plants he doesn't know the names of!!

He is known to enjoy a quiet rum or three when the occasion demands it!

— Call Ian on 0272 467 531