How a Magnet made me the happiest girl in the world

Before you start wondering if I have completely lost the plot, STOP! Those who follow the Astrolabe Sailing Facebook or Instagram pages may have noticed the odd photo of my beautiful boat Wildy absolutely covered in bird poo. Now for someone who is very ‘boat proud’ and who thinks her boat is the most beautiful…

Sailing Sydney’s Pittwater

The alarm clock’s piercing tone awoke me from a deep sleep at 3am. I felt like my head had only just hit the pillow, but no time to waste – we had an adventure ahead and so I jumped in the shower to wake myself up and awaited the arrival of my friends Vic, James…

Holding Tank Horror Stories

My friend Craig Edwards has a Young 88 called Flying Machine. We spend lots of time cruising with these guys up and down the South Island coastline and attempting to race them around Lyttelton Harbour. Craig has got a wicked sense of humour and tells some fantastic stories which get me rolling around in fits…

Awesome Apps for Sailors

Ten years ago we didn’t have smart phones or iPads, and sailors managed to get by perfectly well without them. But there is no doubt that times and technology have changed, and there are some seriously cool apps out there that can make life on the water just that little bit easier. So what awesome…

Messing about in boats

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” “In or out of ’em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or…

Destinations Index

On the ‘Destinations’ tab of my blog, are a variety of posts on some of the cool places we have visited in the last few years. However they are in no particular order and can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out what is on there. So I thought I would do an index…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was very excited to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award this week by¬† Ellen & Seth from Gone Flatboat. Ellen and Seth have some amazing adventures on their boat Celeste, most recently around Alaska and the Arctic, and they have also circumnavigated on their previous boat. If you don’t already follow their…