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…

An Island to One Dog

Have you ever read the book “An Island to Oneself” by Tom Neale? If not you should absolutely get yourself a copy and read it. It tells the story of how in the 1960’s a man went and lived all by himself on a deserted tropical island. It is a great read. Fast forward to…

Beautiful Bourail

New Caledonia is like a little slice of the French Riviera right here in the South Pacific. Last year we had been lucky enough to be invited to go and sail on a friends yacht for a week and this year we were even luckier to be invited back again! We weren’t joining the yacht…

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.

Navigating around Coral Reefs

We have just returned from a trip to New Caledonia. The entire island is surrounded by a big reef and there are lots of little reefs inside that. Navigation is ok here, as the charts are really well marked, there are nice suggested tracks to follow and lots of cardinal and lateral marks and lighthouses…

New Caledonia Cruising Tips

We are just back from cruising New Caledonia on a friends yacht. We had such a great time (post to come later on today hopefully) and we learn’t a few things along the way that might also come in handy for you if you plan to visit any time soon. Location New Caledonia is located…