Kiwi Travellers

Endless miles of ocean; it takes time and bends it, until you lose any structure you thought you had in your day.  You eat, you sleep when you can, you sail,...

The sea is still the sea no matter where you are. Its blue(ish), salty (some more than others), the wind blows, its flat, its not, its cold, its not.  But it’s still...

Well, here we are – about half way home.  It’s a real milestone for us and I’m leaving the Caribbean, and the first half of our adventure, with mixed feelings.  We’ve...

Now that we’ve made it across the Atlantic and we are Swanning around the Caribbean, I thought I’d add some comments on how we go about getting ready for a long...

So are we living the dream?  That’s a good question to ask right now, 6,750 nautical miles (12,500 kilometers) and 2 ½ months into the trip.  The last sector of this...

Or 4600km for the landlubbers amongst us! Anyway, it’s a long way and yes its really happening.  This first part of the journey has been a bit rushed.  We’ve been heading...

Well, we made it. After almost a year of planning we are currently sailing the Baltic Sea down the coast of Sweden.  To kick off the sailing stories I’ll cover the...

Well, we think so anyway… The muppets at Selden masts have somehow managed to screw up the delivery of our beautiful carbon fibre mast and so our sail away date of...

We are only two months out from the estimated delivery date for Coco, our beautiful Swan 54 yacht (yes, it totally is like a birth).  There’s the process of final sail...

Those moments of luck in your life when you decide to tack on a side trip after a conference and it turns out to be a plan so cunning it’s worthy...

Swan 54 Yachting Bluewater Cruiser

Crickey, it starts to get real when the drawings turn up!  The hull construction for Coco, our beautiful Swan 54 is about to start.  I’m pretty stoked that we got to...

First it was Gabby, and she’s beautiful.  And to be fair, still a very large part of my life, even after two years together.  And with time, my wife has grown...

Land Rover Defender 110 Expedition

Gabby is home for a visit.  Wicked.  We had her shipped from the UK back to New Zealand late last year and she arrived in Auckland ready for summer.  Getting her...

I have been remiss in sharing with you some thoughts and pictures of the ocean environment while on our recent Indonesian dive trip through the Flores and Banda Sea’s, and Southern...

Having just returned from 3 weeks sailing 1,200 nautical miles across the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia on the beautiful yacht Amandira from Sumbawa (near Bali) to Sorong in West Papua,...

Look, I know I’m not exactly an angel, but striking me down is just going a bit far don’t you think? Sailing from Maumere to Alor last night we bumped into...

Sitting on Moyo Island as the sun drops over the horizon with our ride for the next three weeks silhouetted against the end of the day brings an enormous sense of...

The irony – it was almost a year ago to the very day when we were planning our expedition to Iceland and there were warnings of a potential volcano eruption in the region....

Only 6 weeks to go before we head off.  17 days sailing on Amandira from Mayo Island near Bali, finishing 1200 nautical miles later in Sorong, West Papua.  After sailing through...

I’m going a bit off-piste with this post, but it’s just too much of a good story not to share – I’ve decided to try being a vegan for a month. “Why”...