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Skip Dieball


What do you sail? How long have you been sailing?

I have been sailing for almost 40 years now; I’ve been sailing since I was a kid. Right now, I primarily sail One Design, such as Etchells, Lightning, J70, Melges 24 and Big Keelboats.

What got you into the marine industry? What’s your favourite aspect of working in the industry?

I worked for an IT firm right out of college and then had an epiphany that sitting in a cubical wasn’t for me. I had sailed all my life so the transition into sailing/the marine industry made sense. It’s not so much what rather than who that got me started in the marine industry; I started working in the industry through Larry MacDonald.

What is your earliest sailing memory?

My earliest sailing memory would be sailing with my family as a young one. I started by standing on a milk crate skippering the family boat because I couldn’t see over the top of the wheel.

What keeps you coming back for more?

The competition. Whether it’s with customers or for himself, the race course competition is my favourite and keeps me coming back for more.

If you could have any boat in the world, what would it be?

It definitely would be a One Design boat. Any boat that is fun to sail & can sail with my kids, such as a J70 or Lightning, would be my preference.