Our Team

Terry Wise, Principal

Terry founded Pacific Sailing School in 1977 and continues to play an active role as Principal, tender driver, offshore cook and wine connoisseur. Born in Tamworth, NSW and brought up on the land, he got the sailing bug at The Southport School. Terry represented the Army in sailing at National level, and completed his first Hobart at 17 years old. At 23, he joined a French team breaking two world records crossing the Atlantic. He then spent several years skippering yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Terry has led over 70 sailing holidays worldwide. Other Boating Roles Past President J24 Association of NSW Counciller Boating Industry Association of NSW Chairman Sailing Industry Association of NSW

Sean Kirkjian

With a dinghy background, Sean is the youngest skipper ever in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.  Sean has won a Sydney Hobart and five J24 National Championships. Recently Sean came National Champion with a student crew on Sailpac in January 2017. Racing Rules Judge. Simply an all round nice guy, great teacher & great sailor.

Greg Dixon

Greg is an Exercise Physiologist with a clear understanding of the body and the sport of sailing. He sails every day and is currently campaigning in World 18 ft skiffs. Greg's background includes being in the World 18 ft world's top ranked Rookie team, NSW State 14' Champion, World Championship 3rd crewing for Olympian Jenny Danks, Rookie of the year and Australian VJ Champion. Watch Greg talk about his time at Pacific Sailing School.

John Gardiner

Gardo is an RYA Yachtmaster and our Keelboat Chief Instructor and likes to be referred to as Mr Gardiner! But we call him Gardo - Or John is good. Gardo has an extensive sailing background and has competed in most races here in Australia and overseas and has taught over 1000 Sydney Hobart Owners, Skippers and crews their YA Safety & Sea Survival course. Gardo is the face on the cover of  Australina Sailing Introductory Keel Boat text book, and for a VB (or 2) will autograph your copy.

Ian Mason

Ian is a school teacher by trade. He is a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor, alongside teaching on our J24's and bigger boats during race season. He can also be found in the classroom with our Keelboat Crew and Helm theory and social evenings or teaching our RYA shorebased Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster theory courses. Watch the interview with Ian as he prepares for the 2012 Sydney to Hobart Race.

Peter Bruen

Peter has over 100, 000 miles offshore, teaches Radio, SSSC & RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper shore based theory courses.


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