Interviewing a Sailor “Charlie Hohmier” Transpac 2015
By: Nick Fugate
1) When did you start sailing?
I had a late start, I was 25 years old. I learned the mechanics of a big boat before I understood anything about sailing. In my early days of sailing I crewed a bit on Heritage (the reinforced America’s Cup boat). I was always amazed at the scale of big boats.
2) How did you get involved with Bretwalda?
It started a long time ago when I sailed on a boat named J-Sen. That’s when I met the present owner of Bretwalda. Through the years, we’ve stayed friends and continued to do some sailing together. Recently, he started campaigning Bretwalda and I was happy to help.
3) What is your position on the boat? Does it change at times?
Officially, I was the navigator and pit man on this race. Especially on a long race, it changes often. There were times I was at every position. Actually, foredeck was the one position that I didn’t fill - which must be a sign of my age! There are also the logistic support tasks – making water, making dinner, and checking that we didn’t pick up any debris on the rudder or keel.