Holding Tank Horror Stories

My friend Craig Edwards has a Young 88 called Flying Machine. We spend lots of time cruising with these guys up and down the South Island coastline and attempting to race them around Lyttelton Harbour. Craig has got a wicked sense of humour and tells some fantastic stories which get me rolling around in fits…

Messing about in boats

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” “In or out of ’em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or…

Vendee Globe visits Lyttelton

I was over on Wildwood the other day, just checking up on her after our trip to Japan, and when I was driving home I spotted a huge bright green hull with a very short mast sitting over the other side of the harbour. Being the eagle eyed, sticky beak that I am, I simply…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was very excited to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award this week by¬† Ellen & Seth from Gone Flatboat. Ellen and Seth have some amazing adventures on their boat Celeste, most recently around Alaska and the Arctic, and they have also circumnavigated on their previous boat. If you don’t already follow their…

Life in Shaky Times

I have been feeling quite numb all week. Not really sure how to process what has happened. Writing seems to help, so here goes. Brain dump… In the early hours of Monday morning 14 November 2016, much of New Zealand was shaken awake by a prolonged and violent earthquake, absolutely devastating a large portion of…

An Island to One Dog

Have you ever read the book “An Island to Oneself” by Tom Neale? If not you should absolutely get yourself a copy and read it. It tells the story of how in the 1960’s a man went and lived all by himself on a deserted tropical island. It is a great read. Fast forward to…

Ready for an Adventure?

If one of your friends knocked on your door right now and said “Lets go on an adventure – you’ve got 1 minute to get ready” could you do it? No one likes waiting around for people faffing about when you are trying to get out the door for an adventure, nor do they like…