Tom completed a Bachelor of Building (Q. S.) at the University of Melbourne in 1974. During this time he built a Half-Ton Class Ocean Racing Yacht Providence, in which he won the Australian Half-Ton Championship in Sydney, February 1975.
He represented Australia at the World Half Ton Cup in Chicago USA in September 1975, convincingly winning the event in Foxylady, against many of the world’s best sailors at the time. In 1976 he was named Australian Yachtsman of the Year and many International Sailing Event invitations and successes followed.
He was construction manager and sailing master for Victoria’s first successful contender, Superstar, for a place in the three boat Australian team for the 1977 Admiral’s Cup, UK.
In 1978 he skippered the radical 36’ One-Ton Class racer B195/Magic Pudding, in the three boat Australian team for the inaugural Pam Am Clipper Cup in Hawaii, USA, with the team winning this event, and Magic Pudding winning the final long distance (775 nautical mile) Around the State Race.
From 1977 to 1985 Tom turned his time and attention to boatbuilding where he developed and produced a range of performance sailing boats, and from 1986 to 1997 he consulted internationally in marina construction. In 1997, 1998 and 1999 he was Event/Race Director for the World Sailing Championships, a highly successful Melbourne Major Event.
In recent years he has established a reputation as a marine model maker; his best known work is perhaps, the Sydney Hobart Race winners display at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney, where he has made every winner of the race and continues to do so.