Man and woman doing electrical repairs on board a yacht

Marine Electronics – Charging your Batteries

You might remember that a couple of years ago I wrote some posts about a marine electronics course I was doing with Chris from Tweeds Marine, and I’ve just realised that I didn’t finish putting them all up. Here are the ones from last year: Terminology and circuits Electrical plans Batteries Making a power budget So…

Shore crew team standing on North Head watching the beginning of the RNI2020 yacht race

Shore Crew For Hire

The Astrolabe Sailing Team Shore Crew have managed to pull some rabbits out of hats a couple of months ago supporting the High Voltage sailors in their SSANZ Round North Island 2020 campaign. So much so, that many of the other teams have been asking if the skills of the shore crew are available for…

Magazines showing various sailing articles

Writing articles for Sailing Magazines

Since starting this blog a few years ago now, the way I write my blog posts has changed significantly. Initially it was a place for me to store my Ocean Yachtmaster study notes, but as the number of people who follow the blog has grown, I find my writing has changed too. I have even…

yachts viewed from North Head starting RNI2020

Reflections of the RNI2020

As Vic & Emily on board High Voltage make their way to the Round North Island finish line, I am filled with a mixture of emotions. Firstly relief that they’ve almost made it around the North Island with both them and the boat in one piece. A huge sense of pride that they have achieved…

Wellington harbour lights with a yacht in the foreground

Things not to say on a plane RNI2020

In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to shout down the aisle of a Bombardier Q300 plane that was about to start taxiing towards the runway “Naomi!! The propeller has fallen off!!!” The other passengers looked quite alarmed and started quickly peering their pale faces out the windows of the tiny plane to try…

Shore crew team standing on North Head watching the beginning of the RNI2020 yacht race

Things that go bump in the night. RNI2020

I think when I signed up as “Director of Racing for the VM2 Sailing Team”, I had visions of me hanging out in yacht clubs dotted around New Zealand, surrounded by gorgeous salty sailors, flirting, drinking wine, sharing tall tales of adventures on the high seas, directing my shore crew team to run various errands……

RNI 2020 – Race Preparation

We have just one month to go before the Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand, Evolution Sails Round North Island Two Handed Yacht Race 2020 begins! Victoria & Emily have delivered High Voltage north from Waikawa to Auckland this week. Gaining a lot more essential boat testing & training time along the way. With…

Young 88 sailing up to Tory Channel entrance, boat wrap, Cook Strait

A Poetic Voyage

My eyelids were getting heavy… It was about 1am. Night watch, a stunning calm night, phosphorescence glittering in our wake, and the blinking distant light of Cape Campbell in the distance. I was motor sailing Wildwood on our (almost) annual pilgrimage 183 miles north from Lyttelton Harbour to the Marlborough Sounds for the summer holidays.…