Dan first began sailing in his home country of New Zealand at the age of ten. He originally learned to sail in an Optimist class boat, and graduated to the P class two years later. His talent was evident early on as he finished in the top ten in the National Championships. At 14, Dan outgrew the P class and moved into the Starling class. He won every regatta of the season and was the youngest sailor ever to win the National Championships.
At 15, Dan started sailing the Laser Class. He represented New Zealand at three Youth World Championships finishing 2nd, 6th and 1st respectively. Dan continued to race Lasers, campaigning for the 1996 Olympic Games. A 7th place at the World Championships in 1995 and 2nd in the NZ Olympic Trials had Dan missing out on Olympic Team selection.
Following the Olympic trial in 1996, the opportunity to sail in the 18ft Skiff Grand Prix circuit presented itself. Moving to Sydney, the newly formed Kiwi team finished 3rd overall in their second season.
Three years prior to the Sydney Olympics, Dan teamed up with Nathan Handley in the 49er class. Over the next three years of campaigning, the team climbed to 5th on the ISAF World rankings and had won numerous International regattas. The pair finished 8th in the Sydney Olympics.
Immediately after the Olympics, Dan joined Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup Defence. Dan sailed as a Strategist/Tactician on the Cup boats and on the Match Racing Circuit. Following the Cup, Dan coached the NZ Olympic team at the Athens Games and spent most of 2004 year coaching Olympic sailors from around the world. Two of his clients went on to win medals at the Athens Olympics: a Gold and Silver.
Infected by the Olympic bug, Dan decided he would put forth one more solid effort at the 2008 Olympics, sailing in the Finn class. He has already showed signs of medal winning potential with his 2nd in the 2005 European Championship and 6th in the World Championship. Highlights of the 2006 season included winning Kiel Week and having been ranked in second place on the 1SAF World Ranking List.