Category: Cruising

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Tall ship to Singapore

Tall ship to Singapore

Nothing stirs the soul in quite the same way as a tall ship under full sail at dawn, her labyrinthine rigging silhouetted against the rising sun. And when sumptuous accommodation, fine dining, pristine beaches and plenty of history are added to the mix, you have a recipe for out-of-the-ordinary cruising. Lawrence Schaffler joined ‘Star Clipper’....

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The Sound of tranquillity

The Sound of tranquillity

First – a confession. I like to think I’ve sailed extensively in the Marlborough Sounds. That’s only half-true. In reality – I’ve sailed within the Queen Charlotte Sound. And there’s no denying its majesty and appeal – breathtaking scenery, idyllic anchorages, great fishing, fun restaurants, exceptional wine. But the ‘Sounds experience’ changed for me earlier...

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Sail NZ app

Sail NZ app

The app’s designed and produced by Sail South Pacific – a company owned by John and Lyn Martin (formerly of the Island Cruising Association) – and it is perhaps the most comprehensive (and easy-to-use) guide to sailing around the New Zealand coastline. And best of all, it’s free (well – mostly free. More on this...

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Kava Caper

Kava Caper

One of the most uplifting aspects of travel are the opportunities to be at one with the locals; eat their food, dance their dances or imbibe their inebriants (not always in that order). Nor to excess, you understand – just enough to foster the warm feeling of mutual admiration that comes from shared experiences. During...

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Dutch boat quest

Dutch boat quest

“Nice boat!” Countless times we have heard this compliment about our Anna Caroline. We are proud of her; as a true bluewater yacht she has kept us safe for close to 50,000 miles. In 2003 we bought her in Spain off a New Zealander. Larry needed the money and was done cruising. We took her...

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Cruising the Greenland fjords

Cruising the Greenland fjords

My iPhone had a serious fault. I knew that because its text made no sense: “Would you like to sail through the North West Passage with me?” Except that the text came from my friend Ross Field and that is the sort of text he would send. Ross was planning to sail from England, across the...

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The wind is free

The wind is free

At five-foot-two-inches Frank Wightman was a short bugger. He also happened to be a cable operator, naturalist, archaeologist, hermit and lucky for us, a sailor and a writer. His writing won no awards, nor was he feted in literary circles, but he managed to produce two books which are the most beautifully-written love letters to...

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