Island Cruising NZ

I’ve got some exciting news to share! On Monday this week I purchased a company called Island Cruising NZ. It is a business that has been around since the 1980’s and was formed to help encourage New Zealand sailors to head up to Tonga. Since then it has grown to run rallies all over the…

Are you a Shouty Skipper?

So I was at a bar the other day chatting away to a couple of people I’d just met, and as is often the case in all conversations with yachties speaking to well – anyone really, we got on to the subject of sailing. “Ah sailing..” my companion said with a whimsical look in her…

RYA Offshore Yachtmaster

Breeze was bobbing away quietly on C Pier at Nelson Marina, gently tugging on her mooring lines as I apprehensively walked up the dock on Monday morning. Chris from Sail Nelson was there to welcome me on board and he introduced me to James and Steve – my fellow Offshore Yachtmaster protégé’s. Despite all the…

The Amazing Americas Cup

I was only joking way back in 2017 when I suggested that a foiling monohull would be a good idea… New Zealand had just won the 35th Americas Cup regatta in the AC45 Catamarans. The speeds those foiling yachts could achieve were almost incomprehensible. While out sailing in our June winter series racing at Naval…

Writing a Sailing Resumé

As President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury, I am often asked to advertise crew wanted and crew available posts on our Facebook page and in the newsletter, and we are more than happy to do this, it is a great way of matching up skippers, boats and crew looking for extra hands on…

Scattering Grahame’s Ashes at Sea

The dark grey hull of the HMNZS Canterbury loomed menacingly in the distance as we emerged from the Lyttelton tunnel. It was a stunning blue sky day with little wind and the temperature was rising. I glanced across at the heavy soft blue velvet bag sitting on Michelle’s lap and swallowed the lump in my…

a large number of yachts at anchor in Kawau Island

Separated from your Boat

There’s a saying with sailors that “plans are best made in the sand at low tide” – and there is no doubt that COVID-19 has caused much disruption to the plans of cruisers in New Zealand and the Pacific (and everyone else around the world too of course!). Regular blog readers will recall that I’ve…

Alexandra Shackleton, replica of the James Caird, Shackleton's Boat in a shed in Christchurch

There’s a legend in my shed

When it comes to epic sailing survival stories, few can compare to the story of Shackleton’s Boat Journey. If you haven’t already read the book, then I highly recommend you do so. (You can buy a copy here) written by Frank Worsley, Shackleton’s boat captain. In summary way back in 1914 – 1916, Antarctic Explorer…

See-Level goggles on a boat

Feeling Seasick?

If you’ve ever spent any time on a boat in rough conditions then you’ll probably understand what feeling seasick is all about. First you might start feeling a bit hot and uncomfortable, you get a funny sensation in your mouth, that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, you start turning green and clammy,…

a large number of yachts at anchor in Kawau Island

COVID Stranded Sailors Update

You may remember that I have recently been rattling some cages to try and get some solutions for the sailors who are currently stuck in both New Zealand, the Pacific, and people overseas who are separated from their boat homes. Sailors in New Zealand We started off appealing to the Minister of Immigration for some…