Raised in a small town in in-land New Zealand, Nick always felt the sea calling his name. In true blue Kiwi style, he proceeded to teach himself how to sail when he was just 19 years old. After investing in a 26-foot trailer yacht with his father, he began teaching sailing at the RPNYC Sailing Academy in Wellington.
This seaside city provided the perfect environment for Nick to hone his skills, instilling in him a love of strong southerly winds and the heel (angle) that comes with the confidence to push a sailing boat in that kind of weather.
In contrast, Lake Taupo native Mahina was never really into sports, adventure, and anything outdoorsy growing up. Taking care of differently-abled children since high school, she chose to forego university and live in the south of France as an au pair, a role which combined her love of children with her love of travel.