No it is not the name of the latest trendy cocktail, although I wish. This is how I miserably ended an otherwise gorgeous long week-end sailing with friends. I've tried to find myself excuses, or blame others, or circumstances for the accident, nothing softens that overwhelming feeling of shame and guilt. I was at the … Continue reading Obelix on the rocks
Recipe for the best day of 2019 Ingredients 1 handsome multi-talented man2 kind, fun, resilient boys1 sturdy sail boat1 pinch of wind (not too strong, not too light, and preferably in the right direction)slight sea1 whale1 island (not too far, not too close, and preferably with an iconic bay)friends (as many as required) Directions Wake … Continue reading Fare-whale decade!
Tuesday 24th December 2019 6:00am. We're raising anchor from Bon Accord - Kawau, perfectly synchronised with our friends Marion & Borja on Ad Hoc, ready to sail to Great Barrier Island for Christmas. We've set our alarm early to strategically leave at dawn, kids still asleep in their cabin, sea still undisturbed by the sun's … Continue reading Christmas in the engine room
And crew on edge... More than a month has passed since Obelix' last sailing adventure and this meant countless week-ends watching, with envy, surrounding boats vacate their berth for a few days, and their crew coming back on Sunday with a tan and a beaming smile, while we were stuck at the marina with either … Continue reading Obelix itchy feet
Family impressions (part 2/2) Azur & Zephyr busy reading while we're sailing And what about us, the parents? What is our take on this new lifestyle? Thomas He's a natural, he's been drawn to the sea his whole life, so, one might say he's like a fish in the water! Being on a boat, stepping … Continue reading Serendipity galore
Family impressions (part 1/2) One month in. Time to reflect: How is the family rating their new life aboard?To get a qualitative answer to this, I asked each one of us to come up with our top likes and dislikes. The first answer I got from Azur, was “But there is nothing that I don’t … Continue reading Floor is lava in 3, 2, 1, 0!
Initially, our ambitious plans for the Labour week-end was to go to Great Barrier Island... Thomas had even taken his Friday off to give us four full days of adventures. However, our religiously watching the weather situation the week leading up to our mini-holidays, did nothing to slow down the wind, which was still howling … Continue reading Magic moments in Kawau