When Barrie Neilson left New Zealand in the early 1970s, he quite literally sailed into the sunset. Since then, he’s enjoyed plenty of sunsets, many from the deck of one of the more than 180 yachts he and wife Heidi own in the Greek islands.Yes, that’s right, more than 180 yachts.
Not bad for the former Andersons Bay milk boy who describes himself as one of ”Dunedin’s great academic failures”.
”Actually,” he says, considering that throwaway line, ”I’d prefer you wrote ‘one of Dunedin’s academic failures’, without the word `great’, because I’m not great.”
It’s a modesty that runs through Neilson’s life story, from his humble beginnings in St Kilda, through motorcycle racing achievements to his understated northern hemisphere business success.
Ernesto will give more details about the destination later on