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…

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…

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…

Man doing socially distant TV interview with TVNZ channel 1 news at Te Ana Marina

The Saga of the Stranded Sailors

As borders around the world closed down with the COVID-19 crisis, sailors around the world have been in a difficult situation. International travellers were encouraged to go home – to hunker down and wait it out, and of course that is what most people did. But for many sailors their yachts are their only home.…

Yachts anchored in Governors Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand

COVID issues for Sailors

There is no doubt that the COVID situation has caused immense disruption in everyone’s lives all over the globe. Here in New Zealand we are very lucky to be an isolated island nation with a relatively small population. Our only COVID cases currently are recent kiwi’s returning home and they are all isolated in quarantine…

Bill Norrie and yacht Pixie departing Te Ana Marina

Provisioning Pixie

Thick ice coated the marina pontoons, threatening to throw any unsuspecting well-wishers swiftly over the side and in to the glassy calm marina water. We huddled around Pixie, shuffling our feet to stop our toes from freezing while Bill busied himself stowing lines & fenders, starting the engine and wiping away the tears threatening to…

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…