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…

yachts viewed from North Head starting RNI2020

Reflections of the RNI2020

As Vic & Emily on board High Voltage make their way to the Round North Island finish line, I am filled with a mixture of emotions. Firstly relief that they’ve almost made it around the North Island with both them and the boat in one piece. A huge sense of pride that they have achieved…

Wellington harbour lights with a yacht in the foreground

Things not to say on a plane RNI2020

In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to shout down the aisle of a Bombardier Q300 plane that was about to start taxiing towards the runway “Naomi!! The propeller has fallen off!!!” The other passengers looked quite alarmed and started quickly peering their pale faces out the windows of the tiny plane to try…

Shore crew team standing on North Head watching the beginning of the RNI2020 yacht race

Things that go bump in the night. RNI2020

I think when I signed up as “Director of Racing for the VM2 Sailing Team”, I had visions of me hanging out in yacht clubs dotted around New Zealand, surrounded by gorgeous salty sailors, flirting, drinking wine, sharing tall tales of adventures on the high seas, directing my shore crew team to run various errands……

RNI 2020 – Race Preparation

We have just one month to go before the Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand, Evolution Sails Round North Island Two Handed Yacht Race 2020 begins! Victoria & Emily have delivered High Voltage north from Waikawa to Auckland this week. Gaining a lot more essential boat testing & training time along the way. With…

Young 88 sailing up to Tory Channel entrance, boat wrap, Cook Strait

A Poetic Voyage

My eyelids were getting heavy… It was about 1am. Night watch, a stunning calm night, phosphorescence glittering in our wake, and the blinking distant light of Cape Campbell in the distance. I was motor sailing Wildwood on our (almost) annual pilgrimage 183 miles north from Lyttelton Harbour to the Marlborough Sounds for the summer holidays.…

Fa'faite waka berthed at Auckland Maritime Museum

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…