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Mayberry New Zealand

November 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

On our last trip to New Zealand (in 2011), we came away feeling that New Zealand is what the USA was in the 1950’s. In a word “wholesome.” cows in the milking shed Six years later, although some Kiwis complain about pasture-land being developed into hardscape, foreigners buying [read more]

Best 2-Person Game for Cruising Couples (no, not arm wrestling)

September 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you ever hear that Rand has fallen overboard, your first question should be “were you in the middle of an acey-deucey game?” Truth be told, sometimes I do wish Rand would take his incredible dice-rolling luck to Las Vegas rather than roll back-to-back acey-deucies and doubles as he [read more]

Two Families Shipwreck on Coral Reefs in the South Pacific

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

When a sailing voyage comes to a sudden, violent end, no matter the cause or circumstances, it’s a terrible tragedy. Two vivacious cruising families who were sailing across the Pacific Ocean met this fate recently. Americans Danny and Belinda Gavotos and their four teenaged children, on Tanda [read more]

Epic Surf Competition at Teahupo’o on Tahiti Iti

August 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Our inspiring San Diego friends, Ryan and Nicole, from Two Afloat, tipped us off on where to anchor once we’d taken care of business in Papeete. We had just finished dinner together on Golden Glow in a serene, unspoilt atoll in the Tuamotos and were saying we weren’t looking forward to [read more]

Tonga Awaits Timothy

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Our hearts are filled with joy when we talk to our kids. Getting to spend time with them brims our happiness to overflowing. Usually we see them every couple months, but being in the South Pacific has been a challenge. We’re looking forward to Christmas/New Year’s with them in New [read more]

Bonaire

July 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

We sailed to Bonaire from Grenada en route to the Pacific. Because of piracy, we had to avoid the Venezuelan coast and its waters 50 miles past its outer islands. Bonaire is the easternmost of the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. They are the perfect place to pause for a weather [read more]

Swimming with Sharks – HUNDREDS of Sharks!

July 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

Fakarava seen from space Fakarava We sailed to Fakarava, which is the second largest – and one of the more populated – atolls in the Tuamotos (the other being Rangiroa). Fakarava’s lagoon is more than 30 miles long and unlike any other atoll we’ve visited, you can traverse [read more]

Flashlights-Torches-Headlamps-Diving, Waterproof & Regular-a Review

June 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Living on a sailboat powered by wind, sunlight and a bit of diesel when necessary, we rely on portable lights (or Torches as our British friends say) almost as much as our built-in LED lighting. Here are our favorite portable lights: Super-Powerful Light for Boat On the rare occasion when we feel [read more]
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