Col has been continuously involved in the sailmaking industry for over 48 years, since starting his apprenticeship with Prior sails. An Australian Championship win in the International Cadet Class in 1964 was followed in 1979 by winning the Australian Quarter Ton Title. Col developed a passion for offshore sailing after sailing in the 1973 Sydney Hobart race on Banjo Paterson, and as sail maker and trimmer on Police Car in the winning Australian team for the 1979 Admirals Cup, Col also sailed in the horrific Fastnet Race that year. After being introduced to sailing great Lou Abrahams, and becoming his sail maker, a long term association started, which led to 15 Sydney Hobart's (2 wins and a second), 2 Admirals Cups and 6 Kenwood Cups. Col sailed another 17 Sydney Hobart's with several other owners including Syd Fischer and Howard de Torres, adding another second and a third overall.
When not offshore sailing, Col has continued to race competitively on Port Phillip Bay in various classes, including Yachting World Diamonds, Classic yachts, Couta Boats and he is currently sailing on the Beneteau 45 Reverie in IRC Division 1 of the Club Marine series.