Gearing up to it

Some ruefully call cruising “mending your boat in exotic locations” or say B.O.A.T. stands for “bring out another thousand”. However, despite an element of maintenance to sailing life, it needn’t be a discouraging amount of [...]

Putting faces to the names

While in Wellington on our recent travels we were able to pop into the Phil & Ted offices and finally meet our supporters there face to face. They provided us with both a highchair and playpen to experiment with on our journey as a sailing family....

4,000 miles later…

10 weeks. Our 'little' roadtrip all over NZ became an epic 10 week exploration - and we didn't even see much of the North Island! We had our first autumn for 4 years, had snow down in Fiordland, slept in the [...]

The best bit of travelling

While on the road I had an article published in 'The Natural Parent' Magazine. One of the other contributors to this magazine was lovely enough to reach out and get in touch with us, offering us any help she could as we are new to New Zealand. We...

A warm welcome to Wishbone

James, Rocket and I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenny and Rich of Wishbone Design Studio during our recent visit to Wellington. These like-mided designers have let their parenting experiences and ethos lead their product development resulting...

Sailing Today

We're thrilled to announce that as of July 2015 Jess will have a regular monthly column in UK publication "Sailing Today" Magazine. This is in addition to the 10 other sailing, parenting and lifestyle magazines that articles of [...]

Bump in the road…

So why a roadtrip? And why now? You may well ask. Well, it's important to us to see as much as possible of New Zealand in honour of our second boat baby being born here. Plus, it's lovely to spend some quality family time together, just the three of...

Life on the open road

There are go times and there are slow times. This time last year we were prepping for crossing the South Pacific ocean, which dominated our 2014. Having safely reached New Zealand in late November we decided that to do justice to this beautiful...

Farewell to the boy next door

Being quite new to cruising has meant that we've welcomed the opportunities to make new friends whenever we can. We made friends for life in Laurie and Damon of s/v Mother Jones in Panama, and ended up buddy-boating with them for a few months and...

Out with the old, in with the new

Three and a half years at sea hasn't actually been particularly hard on us so far, I think we're looking ok. However, the same can't be said of our galley. All our pots and pans were old, second, third and fourth hand when we left and, by the time we...

Life upriver

Whangarei is just a little way north of Auckland and the town basin dock lies 15 miles upriver from Whangarei Harbour mouth. This means it's a perfect spot to have your boat for a while if you're planning on any big boat projects or other work as...

In praise of domesticity

New Year has found life on board becoming all about 'boat sweet boat'. It's a natural progression after being on the go for 9 months across the Pacific that we're using cyclone season and our arrival into New Zealand to have a little down time. Also,...

Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud

Our arrival in New Zealand saw us making landfall at Opua, the port of entry in the Bay of Islands. This was a great jumping off point for exploring these spectacular waters en route to Whangarei, where we planned to be based for a little while. The...

Smoothly does it

So, in typical sailor fashion, after meticulous planning of our Fiji to New Zealand passage, making sure we had extra crew on board and timing our departure just right in terms of weather, it ended up being really very straightforward and simply...

It still rains in paradise

It’s raining today in Fiji. Or perhaps I should say it’s raining again in Fiji. In the last few weeks we’ve been making passages through the reef systems of this beautiful island group but progress has been slow as we’ve been weather dodging,...

The naked truth

Perhaps it comes from being away from your home country and its associated stigmas. Or maybe there’s an element of feeling on a perpetual holiday. It might even be as simple as no longer caring what anyone thinks. Whichever way you look at it the...

The Catch – blunders, mishaps and misadventures of the learner cruiser fisherman

It’s an unspoken rule, almost a seafaring law, that those who are liveaboard, long-term, worldwide cruisers can catch the freshest, finest fish that the oceans have to offer. Any old salt can throw out a line and reel in dinner with the ease and...

3 years at sea, 1, 2, 3…

Those of you who have been reading these ramblings for some time will be aware that we do a run down of our boating statistics each year. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, here's how we made out this year and how it looks compared to [...]

Milestones

Just wanted to share our 3 latest boat milestones: A few days ago we crossed the 180th degree of longitude. That makes us exactly halfway round the world. We've also just completed our 3rd year at sea. We thought that an appropriate [...]

So long and thanks for all the fish

Goodbye, goodbye to our great friend and standout crew mate since May. Chris is leaving us to return to California. But, as a final act of triumph on board, he caught this 12.5kg mahi-mahi while we were en route to Fiji. Yup, 12.5kg. That's our [...]...

The curse of communication

Picture the scene: you’ve just crossed an ocean and, filled with elation, you’re brimming with the urge to share that news with your friends and family back home. But for the global cruising sailor it’s not just as simple as picking up the...

The Waiting Game

First it was the strong, gusty westerlies, then there was a huge southerly swell and now all we can see is squally showers with no wind whatsoever. We’ve been sitting in the same spot, pausing until the current nasty weather system travels through,...

Underwater with sharks in Huahine

Another video post, this time in Huahine with the beautiful reef sharks [...]

Swimming with sharks and rays in Moorea

Click on the link to see a video of us snorkelling with sharks and rays in Moorea. Enjoy! [...]

Not wanting to sound Bora boring, but…

At risk of stating the obvious... Bora Bora is LOVELY. It's beautiful, peaceful, and it's the last island we're spending time on before leaving for Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, and the tiny rock that is Niue. We're having a bit of [...]

Birthday in paradise

Yes there have been a few important birthdays aboard since last we last updated. Thanks for all the lovely messages. Both birthday girls were appropriately celebrated (some more messily than others...) [...]

Too close for comfort

I have long been aware that there is a fine art to anchoring well. It’s something that varies with each boat, each anchorage and the conditions that you’re presented with and it’s only on the rare occasions that someone gets it wrong that you...

All by ourselves…along with everyone else

It’s morning and I climb our companionway steps to sip my coffee on deck. I nod a greeting to the couple on board the boat anchored behind us, much as I have done on and off for the last four months. They are in their late 60’s and the extent...

The unpredictable child

Sometimes having a baby feels like damage control. You can easily spend a whole day consoling your howling infant from their latest fall, pre-emptively snatching away all the tempting unsuitable objects that they manage to get their sticky hands on...