Measuring Microplastics

A couple of weeks ago on the Women Who Sail New Zealand Facebook group, one of the members Michele, put up a post about a citizen science project – The Big Microplastic Survey. If you haven’t heard of Citizen Science before, I wrote a post about it a year or so ago. It is basically…

Sailing with a Ukulele

“After years of ‘pot bashing’, it is time to learn an actual instrument to enhance our summer raft ups.” announced Nicci’s email. I wasn’t offended – anyway, our pot bashing she speaks of would have to be the most melodic kind of pot bashing you have ever heard… but regardless, I was happy to move…

Citizen Science for Sailors

There is a saying about a child wandering along a beach throwing the starfish back in to the sea. A man comes along and says “what are you doing? There are thousands of starfish here and this beach is miles long, you can never make a difference” The child picks up another starfish and throws…

Being a good boat guest

So you’ve been invited to go and stay on someone’s boat? Awesome! The next best thing to having a boat of your own is having friends who have boats. It is much cheaper and just about as much fun. So to increase your chances of having a fantastic time – and being invited to come…

Origami Boats

Being a boat lover, you just can’t have too many boats around the house. They remind you what you are missing out on living between four walls and a roof, instead of bobbing around on the water where you rightly should be. I like staying in hotels, especially when you head to the loo and…

Medical Matters

I recently did a first aid course, where the main thing I learnt was how to dial 111. (or 911 or 999 – for goodness sake why can’t the world agree on one emergency number!?!) We didn’t even get to bandage anyone up. Just dial 111 and give the person a plaster, we were told……