I confess I always feel like something of an imposter when I'm lined up alongside the others but here you go.
I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. My mother, English, my father Australian of Irish American stock. Great great great Grandfather was a sailor from Boston Mass, probably a whaler, who washed up in Sydney early in the 19th century. My earliest ancestor in Australia was an Irish convict who was transported to NSW in the late 18th century.
Lived most of my life in the harbourside suburbs of Drummoyne and Balmain and spent large chunks of my early years on or about the water, but not sailing. To be honest I was more interested in exploring the waterways of Port Jackson, Broken Bay and Port Hacking than I was in the choice of propulsion system.
In my mid twenties I discovered sail. First on an old skiff that I bought for next to nothing and on which I muddled about Sydney Harbour, seemingly spending as much time capsized as upright. Later I replaced that with a hulk of a 22' timber sloop that was still a work in progress when I sold her and bought a 28' Northerner sloop. The Northerner was an Australian production sloop of the 60s, modelled on the Herreschoff 28. She was a good boat but a financial calamity saw me unable to afford her upkeep and she went to a new home.
I was without a boat for many years after that, but eventually we bought Raven a steel Van de Stadt 34 sloop and later still Kukka, a Malo 39 Classic. The Wombet and I spend as much time as we can manage around Sydney Harbour and locales north and south of Sydney. We derive as much pleasure from a quiet weekend spent at anchor as we do sailing. Our preference for a sail is to head ouside the harbour, away from the madding crowds.
I've not done a lot of offshore stuff. Crewed across the top of Australia many years ago but that's about as far offshore as I've been. I must admit I do love being out of sight of land for days on end but I've never experienced any really bad weather , just a few tropical squalls, so I've only really seen the good.