He and Czislowski won the national selection process for the 2000 Olympics in the 49er class, but the Australian Yachting Federation instead nominated Nicholson and Daniel Phillips for the sole spot at the Olympics as they were considered better possibilities for a medal. Nicholson and Phillips eventually finished sixth. He was injured in April 2007 while with Emirates Team New Zealand, and was replaced by Mark Mendelblatt.
He is from a sailing family. His father Ken Beashel is a sailor and boat builder in Sydney. His brother Colin is an Olympic medal winning sailor who crewed on Australia II in 1983. His wife Lanee Butler is a boardsailor who competed at four Olympics.
He and Lanee have two young sons, born in 2008 and 2009.
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