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Waiheke Winter Wonderland

It’s been a long time between blogs. The reason has mainly been, we didn’t cruise this winter. We stayed in a beautiful house near the beach on Waiheke Island – our first time living on land for 6 years. We … Continue reading

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What We Did Last Summer – 2017/2018

During the summer of 2017/2018 we had the addition of some family members as they joined us for adventures on the high seas and touring New Zealand. Bo and Selina, Thomas’ nephew and niece from Germany arrived once we returned … Continue reading

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A Wild Journey Home – 2017

Weather windows out of Fiji for New Zealand are always treated with circumspect. Within the ten day passage, we can be guaranteed a front which won’t be in the predictions before we leave Fiji as the predictions are really only … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Lau Group

Some claim the Lau Group to be one of the top cruising grounds on a circumnavigation, and we’re not inclined to disagree. Even though we are still only halfway on our own global spin, we believe this place to be … Continue reading

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Chasing the Sun

Traditional drumming signals the beginning of the school day. With the exception of the giggling, singing voices of the children in the boat passing Qi an hour earlier, you wouldn’t believe this huge bay was home to so many young … Continue reading

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Fishing for Smiles

I can’t believe the cruising season for 2016 has nearly come to an end. We have enjoyed Tonga, Samoa, Wallis and now Fiji. Once again, we hope to return to Fiji. We’ve been here for two months and still have … Continue reading

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Where’s Wally? (or Wallis)

A reef enclosed island with several crater lakes and the remains of a 3000 year old fort was given the name Wallis by an English navigator, Samuel Wallis. Its partner island Futuna is some 300km to the south, giving the … Continue reading

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S.O.S.

S.O.S. or Smiles of Samoa I highly recommend a journey to Samoa. We have never encountered people more willing to share their culture and being so organised to do so. Even a couple of near death experiences didn’t alter our … Continue reading

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Call to Action

Dancing with the first mate seems to be about a biannual event but last night as we were enticed across the road from the marina by the sounds of a Samoan band, that frequency might be on the increase. Unable … Continue reading

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Qi Magic

Qi is the name given to the life force in Chinese. It is pronounced ‘Chi’ as in Tai Chi. It is also the name of our boat. There is always a bit of magic happening on our boat but that’s … Continue reading

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