Initially Chris Timms’ sports passion was mountain climbing. Timms, born in 1947, was a university student in Christchurch in the 1960s and would climb whenever possible until in 1966 he was seriously injured after falling 200 feet on to an ice edge while climbing Met Elie de Beaumont at the head of the Tasman Glacier. A friend was killed in the same fall.
Timms spent three months in traction and decided to give mountaineering a wide berth after that, turning to sailing. He moved to Wellington to finish his university studies and began sailing Shearwater catamarans with Laurie Hope. After a couple of years they won the national title.Read more