A Voyage of Discovery

What does the word “discovery” mean to you? Back in school in the 1980’s we were taught that Captain Cook “discovered” New Zealand. His vessel the Endeavour features on our 50c coin. Monuments to Cook stand in many places that he visited, and even places that he didn’t visit (such as Christchurch) on his travels…

RNI 2020 – We need your help!

As you may recall from my last post, we have entered in the Two Handed Round North Island Yacht Race in 2020, a race held once every three years.   This race commenced in 1977, being put together by Sir Peter Blake.  It is not for the faint hearted and is an epic challenge/adventure race…

RNI2020

Who wants to sail in one of the toughest, most challenging races in New Zealand – around the North Island two handed? (For those non-sailing people out there this actually means two people – so technically four hands…don’t ask me why as I am not sure either…) Well it seems like lots of people! The…

The Wellington to Nelson Race

If you are a follower on Facebook, you may have noticed a certain “VM2 Racing” suffix recently being added to the Astrolabe Sailing Facebook page. Well that is because my friend Victoria Murdoch has recently purchased a new yacht called High Voltage, and she has talked me in to doing the Round North Island two…

Waikawa Women’s Regatta

About 18 or so years ago, I started crewing on a boat called Natural Magic. Little did I know how the course of my life would change from the moment I stepped on board that boat. Not only did I meet my sailing sensei Ivan Atkinson, as well as lots of other great people, but…

Pigeon Bay 2007

A wee trip down memory lane! An article I wrote for the Naval Point Club Lyttelton newsletter about the annual legendary Pigeon Bay Race way back in 2007… Ahhh what a lot of fun adventures we’ve had over the years.

Women Who Sail – Gathering on the Bay 2018

Have you ever been at a function and you walk around having polite boring conversations with strangers about the weather, until you FINALLY find the one person in the room who has a boat? You breathe a sigh of relief, and spend the rest of the night chatting to them sharing stories of adventures on…