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……

Being Sun-Smart

Here in New Zealand we are constantly being reminded about the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of getting your moles checked. New ZealandĀ and Australia have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. As sailors who spend a lot of time outside and in the sun, we are particularly vulnerable, so Andrew and…

Folding Bikes

I remember the first time I saw a folding bike in real life, some people turned up to a cafe in Mt Maunganui with these strange looking bikes and carrying dry bags. “Cruisers” we thought, and we were right. We got chatting and they had sailed half way around the world to get to New…