Sailing The Hauraki Gulf

Crossing the Auckland Harbour bridge in our taxi, seeing the ocean glittering below and the horizon pierced by hundreds of masts escaping the confines of their berths and heading out to sea for an Easter adventure.┬áIt is easy to see why Auckland has the nick-name “City of Sails”, and we were about to join them.…

Women Who Sail – Gathering on the Bay 2018

Have you ever been at a function and you walk around having polite boring conversations with strangers about the weather, until you FINALLY find the one person in the room who has a boat? You breathe a sigh of relief, and spend the rest of the night chatting to them sharing stories of adventures on…

Sailing the South Island

It is a huge honour to be invited to speak at the Women Who Sail Australia annual conference – The Gathering in April 2018. I joined the Women Who Sail Facebook group back in early 2014, and discovered an incredible network of female sailors all over the world. Then I joined the Women Who Sail…

Understanding Waves

There is something extremely wild and rugged about big waves crashing up a windswept beach. The force and power of the swell as it silently rolls towards the land before curling its top and sending white water smashing and crashing, then fizzing like champagne as it rushes up the sand, greedily grabbing little shells with…

Niue for Cruisers

In 1774 Captain James Cook attempted to land on a tiny volcanic coral atoll in the South Pacific, about 1500 miles North East of New Zealand. The locals however had other ideas, and Captain Cook was attacked with spears and he retreated and sailed off naming the tropical paradise “Savage Island”. Thankfully these days the…

Sailing the Banks

I am very proud to have had another article published in the September 2017 Boating New Zealand magazine. This time I wrote about beautiful Banks Peninsula – our home sailing grounds, and some of the fabulous places that we have in our backyard to explore. You can read the article on the Boating NZ website…

Lessons from the Haulout Yard

Isn’t it amazing that after 14 years, I am still learning things about my boat?! One day Andrew casually asked when the last time was that I replaced the water hoses on the motor. “Ummmmmm… hoses, what hoses?? Oh those black ones…? – nope never replaced them” I replied. “Well you do know that if…