Sailing The Hauraki Gulf

Crossing the Auckland Harbour bridge in our taxi, seeing the ocean glittering below and the horizon pierced by hundreds of masts escaping the confines of their berths and heading out to sea for an Easter adventure. It is easy to see why Auckland has the nick-name “City of Sails”, and we were about to join them.…

Sailing the South Island

It is a huge honour to be invited to speak at the Women Who Sail Australia annual conference – The Gathering in April 2018. I joined the Women Who Sail Facebook group back in early 2014, and discovered an incredible network of female sailors all over the world. Then I joined the Women Who Sail…

An Avon Adventure

A flotilla of leaves floats downstream On the inky black water of the Otakaro How serenely they sail out of the past  And in to their future Behind me (A poem on the Oxford Tce steps of the Otakaro Avon River) If you substitute the word ‘leaves’ in the top line for ‘sailors’ then this…

The Banks Track

They say that women forget the pain of labour and so that is why they go back and have more children. I think the same applies about Labour weekend. For the last however many years I can remember, we have been subjecting ourselves to all kinds of adventures and in the process getting blisters, gammy…

An adventure in Niue

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well after a week away in Niue, I should really have the answer to that question. There are chickens crossing all over the place, and dogs, and cars swerving to avoid the potholes in the white crushed coral pavements. Surprisingly we didn’t see a single accident, squashed chicken…

Niue for Cruisers

In 1774 Captain James Cook attempted to land on a tiny volcanic coral atoll in the South Pacific, about 1500 miles North East of New Zealand. The locals however had other ideas, and Captain Cook was attacked with spears and he retreated and sailed off naming the tropical paradise “Savage Island”. Thankfully these days the…

Sailing the Banks

I am very proud to have had another article published in the September 2017 Boating New Zealand magazine. This time I wrote about beautiful Banks Peninsula – our home sailing grounds, and some of the fabulous places that we have in our backyard to explore. You can read the article on the Boating NZ website…