Pine Perfection

After leaving Monsieur Chien on Ile Casy, we set sail for the Isle of Pines. This is the Southernmost Island in New Caledonia and it is absolutely stunning. We visited last year and were keen to go back, despite it being a hard upwind 9 hour slog in 25kts of breeze for about 50 nautical…

Saving to go Sailing

Whether you are planning on buying a yacht and sailing off in to the sunset, or if you have no intention of doing that but you do plan to retire at some stage – then this post is for you! Saving for your retirement is a hot topic here in New Zealand. At the ripe…

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…

Passage Notes Picton to Lyttelton 2016

It’s 4.00am and I am covered in diesel. Soaked in stinky slippery diesel. All over my hands, boots, wet weather gear. Its all over the boat too. Hopefully I actually got some of it in the tank? Andrew does not look impressed. I can’t blame him. I had just woken him up to come and…

Seven things to keep you awake at night on a boat

We are currently cruising in the Marlborough Sounds. A beautiful part of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s secluded tree lined bays provide perfect quiet anchorages to spend the night.  However despite how quiet and sheltered the bay, there are still plenty of things that will keep you awake on a boat at night. …

French Selection

I was very excited to have another article published by Boating New Zealand Magazine in their November 2015 edition. Boating NZ is New Zealand’s most popular Boating magazine, published monthly and with a readership of over 130,000 people, this magazine can be found in every bookshop, supermarket, and service station all over New Zealand.

Gift Ideas for Sailors

Do you have a sailor in your life? Are you planning on buying them a gift for a birthday, to say thank you, or for Christmas but not sure what to get? Well for goodness sake please do NOT go getting them a puppy or a new lawnmower…