Just been Island Cruising…

Hi everyone, It has been ages since I’ve written a blog post, and that is mainly because I’ve been so busy getting my new business off the ground for the last 15 months or so. Things have been pretty hectic! I have also got a job with SailGP as their On Water Operations Manager for…

See-Level goggles on a boat

Feeling Seasick?

If you’ve ever spent any time on a boat in rough conditions then you’ll probably understand what feeling seasick is all about. First you might start feeling a bit hot and uncomfortable, you get a funny sensation in your mouth, that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, you start turning green and clammy,…

a large number of yachts at anchor in Kawau Island

COVID Stranded Sailors Update

You may remember that I have recently been rattling some cages to try and get some solutions for the sailors who are currently stuck in both New Zealand, the Pacific, and people overseas who are separated from their boat homes. Sailors in New Zealand We started off appealing to the Minister of Immigration for some…

Man and woman doing electrical repairs on board a yacht

Marine Electronics – Charging your Batteries

You might remember that a couple of years ago I wrote some posts about a marine electronics course I was doing with Chris from Tweeds Marine, and I’ve just realised that I didn’t finish putting them all up. Here are the ones from last year: Terminology and circuits Electrical plans Batteries Making a power budget So…

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…