a large number of yachts at anchor in Kawau Island

Separated from your Boat

There’s a saying with sailors that “plans are best made in the sand at low tide” – and there is no doubt that COVID-19 has caused much disruption to the plans of cruisers in New Zealand and the Pacific (and everyone else around the world too of course!). Regular blog readers will recall that I’ve…

Man doing socially distant TV interview with TVNZ channel 1 news at Te Ana Marina

The Saga of the Stranded Sailors

As borders around the world closed down with the COVID-19 crisis, sailors around the world have been in a difficult situation. International travellers were encouraged to go home – to hunker down and wait it out, and of course that is what most people did. But for many sailors their yachts are their only home.…

Yachts anchored in Governors Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand

COVID issues for Sailors

There is no doubt that the COVID situation has caused immense disruption in everyone’s lives all over the globe. Here in New Zealand we are very lucky to be an isolated island nation with a relatively small population. Our only COVID cases currently are recent kiwi’s returning home and they are all isolated in quarantine…