19 Mar 2013

Boating World welcomes Craig Oostingh on board as sales consultant in the Durban office – and undoubtedly his years of experience and expertise will greatly benefit the marina-based branch.

Having a rich family heritage in boating, (he is a member of the renowned East London Oostingh family), being on the water is as natural to Craig as walking. His earliest memories include watching grandmother Vida (the fastest  granny on water in South Africa), dad Dave, uncle Buck and his cousins  all pushing themselves and their craft to the limit in numerous powerboat races.

While Craig has always enjoyed the challenge of waterskiing, rock and surf fishing, river fishing and fly fishing, barging and other forms of boating – it was fishing at sea which took first place in his heart.

When he was very young his dad introduced him to sport of deepsea angling which was the start of a lifelong family passion and one in which he and his parents and two brothers all achieved provincial colours.  (Craig also achieved provincial colours for swimming).

He has been a member of Gonubie Marine Club for 30 years and he has fished commercially in Port Alfred for “Chokka” and Line fish which includes night fishing. Craig has launched and participated in many fishing competitions and holiday ventures from Port Alfred, Transkei, KwaZulu Natal to Mozambique.

Educated at East London’s famous Selborne College, Craig went onto study graphic arts at East London Technical College. In the end his love of water and the sea won the day and he joined the sales team at Bucks Marine in 2005 – selling all types of well-known boats and outboard motors.

Craig is excited about joining Boating World which he sees as a great opportunity to further his career and to learn from big boat “master” Derrick Levy - whose expertise is legendary.

He will also pursue another great love in his life – free diving for marine aquarium specimens - a hobby which he has enjoyed doing for the last 30 years. He is also an avid rugby fan (who will soon have to swop allegiance to the Sharks)

Craig is married to Julia and has a 15-year-old son Tristan and another boy on the way – expected in June.