Mark grew up in Hong Kong and began sailing at the age of seven and it has remained his passion ever since. He has been active Asian and Australian sailboat racing for over 30 years and is one of Asia’s most decorated racers. He has owned and or raced Laser’s, 505’s, Etchells, Peterson 30’s, the Farr 36, Taswell 49, Catana 471 and Flying Phantom. He has competed at the World Championship level in both the 505 and Etchells class.
Mark studied naval architecture in college and went on to become one of windsurfing’s most cutting edge sail designers, where he designed sails from 1983-1989 at Gaastra Sails. Mark has since left the sail making business and owns a manufacturing businesses in China that produce products for export.
In addition to racing, Mark has cruised over 10,000 nautical miles on his Catana 471 in Asia and the South Pacific, enjoying the waters of Tonga, Vanuatu, Thailand, the Philippines. He is looking forward to sailing his new Balance 526 from South Africa to the United States and then on home to Hong Kong. While Mark loves to race monohulls he recognizes the enormous benefits of voyaging on a high performance catamaran – one of which is that, “My wife would never consider cruising offshore in a monohull.”
The appeal of the Balance 526 for Mark is that she is “fast, comfortable, practical, beautiful and very well built, by people who also love to sail.”
To read the full story on Mark’s journey in designing and building his dream catamaran, check out the full feature article from Multihulls Quarterly here.