My name is Kevin Le Poidevin and I have proudly served in the RAAF for over 26 years and am still serving today. Prior to RAAF life, I also served the community in the Queensland Ambulance Service and for many years as a volunteer Air Sea Rescue Skipper at Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast. I have been married for 33y and our family has grown up entirely on the RAAF lifestyle.
In 2014 I successfully completed the 2014 Solo Tasman Yacht Challenge in Rogue Wave, my Sigma 36 cruiser/racer yacht whilst raising awareness of the great work being done by Soldier On. To compliment this entirely self funded adventure and test of endurance, I set up a fundraising site and together we raised around $3600 for Soldier On. Its now time to campaign for the 2018 edition.
The Solo Tasman race takes place every four years and is the second oldest single handed sailing race behind the OSTAR that races from the UK to the USA. Approximately twenty soles will race single handed and unassisted from New Plymouth New Zealand to Mooloolaba Queensland over 1380NM. I have over 10000NM solo sailing experience on Rogue Wave and look forward to improving on my 3rd place on IRC handicap and reducing my elapsed time below 10 days.
As I enter retirement in a few years time I will get more involved with Soldier On to offer potential candidates the opportunity to tackle the challenges of offshore racing. Many who have departed the military family may feel isolated and miss the interaction and teamwork; yacht racing I believe can go a long way to bridge that gap and help their transition into new beginnings.
Follow me here: www.solo-tasman.co.nz/