Category: Features

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It takes two

It takes two

What began as a 60th birthday-present-to-self became an around-the-world yacht race for a New Zealand couple. They’re among the crews on a fleet of 11 identical 70-foot yachts competing in the 2019–20 Clipper Race, and because they’re on separate boats there’s also a little marital rivalry…

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Magnifique, Bordeaux to the Black Sea

Magnifique, Bordeaux to the Black Sea

Taking a yacht nearly 5,000km along Europe’s rivers and canals involves a lot more than lowering the mast. There are also 484 locks, numerous aqueducts, lifting bridges and three tunnels. Though the four-month voyage was equivalent to driving from Wellington to Auckland seven times at 10km/h, only one word can describe it – magnificent!

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Flotilla fun

Flotilla fun

The dreaded Bucket List keeps raising its ugly head and when it aligns with Fate’s fickle finger you’ve no choice but to submitWORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY COL BELL .

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Ocean Passage

Ocean Passage

Jim Lott and wife Karin recently returned from a seven-year global cruise. This puts him in a useful place for considering the differences between his first ocean voyage in 1966 and the modern equivalent.

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Dorian’s fury

Dorian’s fury

Black Sound in Green Turtle Cay in the northern Bahamas is a good hurricane hole. Kiwi sailor David Kitching had previously sheltered there during hurricanes Irene and Sandy. But they were mere Category 3 storms – nothing like the monster approaching from the SE.

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On trend

On trend

Boatbuilders and equipment manufacturers worldwide have released a tsunami of innovation in recent months. From automated docking systems to phone-controlled toilets, the sheer volume of new technology going into boats is absolutely staggering. Here’s a look at 10 trends to expect in 2020.