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…

Lessons from the Haulout Yard

Isn’t it amazing that after 14 years, I am still learning things about my boat?! One day Andrew casually asked when the last time was that I replaced the water hoses on the motor. “Ummmmmm… hoses, what hoses?? Oh those black ones…? – nope never replaced them” I replied. “Well you do know that if…

How a Magnet made me the happiest girl in the world

Before you start wondering if I have completely lost the plot, STOP! Those who follow the Astrolabe Sailing Facebook or Instagram pages may have noticed the odd photo of my beautiful boat Wildy absolutely covered in bird poo. Now for someone who is very ‘boat proud’ and who thinks her boat is the most beautiful…