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We’re Stuck!

Now what? We’re stuck in Canada. No boat. No content. Time to figure something out….


we had a BABY during COVID…

It’s pretty incredible creating a little human. One can’t explain it until you go thru it. Having a child changes you…for the better. The past few years have been quite the ride and it’s just going to get wilder as we embark on a 20 (?) year voyage of raising a little human as we […]


The World We Live In

We’ll let the video do the talking.



How To Stop Your Boat from Sinking

We have seen our share of wrecks and mishaps. It’s sad and heartbreaking every time we stumble across one of these. It’s the end to someones dream. Could it have been prevented? Probably. Are we immune to these mistakes. Definitely not. We thought it might be helpful to share what we carry on board for […]


Change is Hard, Donkey

This is it folks. We Haul Nahoa out of the water. Next week we start getting her ready for the Indian ocean and the new crew mate. Turns out we filmed a lot while sailing in SE Asia. More so than we thought. Soon we’ll be near real-time. Maybe in a few more episodes. Enjoy […]


The End of an Era

It’s kind of bizarre how this pandemic played out. The Indian Ocean sailing season starts in February (when Willa was born) and ends in October (when we are planning to return to Nahoa).  We couldn’t have planned it better. That said, who knows if borders will reopen but so far all of the Indian Ocean […]


Disaster is Always Lurking Out Here

Took a freediving course in Indonesia and it is by far the most incredible experience I have had in recent memory. If you get the chance, go sign up once things reopen. Anyone can do it regardless of age or weight.


Street Food in Malaysia

As with all of our stops along the Straits of Malacca, Penang was an important trading hub back in the day. And to this day, the diverse culture and religions remain. Within a few block radius you can find the India town, China town, and the Malays are sprinkled throughout. There is an incredible amount […]


Crew Describe what it’s like to Sail Around the World

This was an eye-opening and inspiring chat with Patrick and Dana. We gloss over a lot of details of what it takes to live, manage and sail a catamaran around the world. Patrick and Dana we possibly one of the most enthusiast guests we have ever had aboard. They wanted to learn. They were eager […]


Lightening Storms & Squalls in the Straits of Malacca

There’s this phrase that goes; Sailing is  hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. This was an unforgettable sail up thru the Straits of Malacca. So much to look at. So much to pay attention to…


Trip of a Lifetime for our Patrons

Well it’s finally here. A series of videos where two wonderful patrons join us to sail, motor and generally battle our way up the Straits of Malacca for five days.   We’ll be the first to admit, when we first arranged the time and place for Dana and Patrick to join us, we were worried this […]


The Land Episode….

We’ll let you in on a secret….Way back when we were in University we owned a firewood business. That’s right, in the winter months we’d spend the weekends cutting, chopping and delivering the finest firewood in all of Victoria BC. $150 per chord. It was possibly one of the most fulfilling jobs we ever had. […]


So this happened…

You guys already know the big news plus what happened afterwards! But we thought it would be fun to take you along for the ride of what we got up to in Canada.  We love our former home. The scenery in British Columbia is absolutely stunning and there’s a part of us that always yearns […]


Rush Hour in the Straits of Malacca

There’s something significant about crossing the Malacca Straits. Sort of like going thru the Panama Canal. It’s a big milestone and even though our half way point was up in the Philippines, this seems more real. It’s not just a number.  A lot of cruisers actually get stuck here. They end their sabbatical in Malaysia […]


A Day And Life In Sailing Around the World

We are trying to make sense of everything going on in the world. Right now we are in an apartment in Victoria on the west coast of Canada. We do have good healthcare here in Canada and we are really lucky to be home right now with a newborn. Extremely grateful for our current situation. […]


Searched by Customs AGAIN

When you sail around the world you need to formally enter and exit each and every country and Indonesia has been the most regimented and thorough country we have travelled to in respect to clearance formalities. Epic long days of paperwork, photocopies upon photocopies but surprisingly mundane questions. The upside was jovial and friendly officials. […]


Anything is Possible in Indonesia

Indonesia. Bursting with culture at every turn and friendly smiles no matter where you go. It’s people are resourceful, thrifty and possess serious MacGyver skills. Every day we would spot many improvised solutions that would make us smile. If there’s a will, there’s a way in Indonesia. 


Fishing in Indonesia is INSANE!

Just another average passage in Indonesia. It seems there’s always something going on when we sail thru these waters. Whether that’s on our boat or the fishing boats everywhere. Keeps life interesting that’s for sure. 


the INSANITY of Indonesian HOT ROD KloToks

What strikes us in a lot of these remote-ish communities we visit is the smiles. The locals are going about their mundane daily lives and almost all seem to be in high spirits. Waving, laughing and generally enjoying life. It’s very subtle and something we miss when going out in public back home.


the WILDLY Bizarre RED PENIS monkey

In the animal world it’s less about size and more about readiness. Yep, there exists a species of monkey called the Proboscis Monkey which goes about it’s daily business with a Rock Hard Red Boner. Pretty incredible really. We’d spotted many of the Proboscis females but it wasn’t until the last day that we encountered […]


Borneo: A Klotok Cruise Into the Jungle

Hope you enjoy this glimpse of everything Borneo has to offer.   With Love, Ben & Ash


Life ONBOARD a KLOTOK House Boat!

You know how sometimes you go on a trip with zero expectations and it turns out to be the best ever? This was one of those trips.  This entire adventure up the river remains one of the most memorable moments of our world tour and credit needs to be given where it is due. Our […]


Why is Borneo Burning?

The next few videos will take place in Tanjung Putin National Park.  400,000 hectares of forest, peat swamp, mangroves and dense jungle containing some of the last Orangutans on the planet. An area that is often covered by a blanket of smoke from man made forest fires. 


Birds Nest Soup

We sailed to Borneo thinking it would be a quick stopover to see the Orangutans. Little did we know Kumai would be such a bustling, interesting little place. Indonesia in general has caught us off guard. Being “veteran” travellers we thought we’d seen it all. But Indonesia is the epitome of culture shock. There’s a […]


Dodging Indonesian Viking Ships

The other day  a  sailing friend from home said “You must be really good sailors!” Our response was, “No, not really. We would certainly not win any races on a race course.” Sailing around the world, particularly sailing overnight in some of these countries, is often less so about sailing and more about navigation and […]


a Clash of Two Cultures

Gilli Air may be one of the trendiest islands in Indonesia. Unlike Bali, this little place is home to zero cars. The only method of transport is horse drawn carriage or pedal bike. It makes for a really unique experience. When you hear the jingling of horse bells, you learn pretty quick to move over […]


STUCK UP the MAST – Get ‘Er Done!

It shouldn’t really be called “Sailing Around the World” but instead “Fixing your boat as you move it around the world” but that doesn’t sound very sexy. Who would watch that show? Nobody.  It’s a steep learning curve when you first set out. Lots of little things to learn. Lots of new skills to acquire. […]


Our Boat after 1 Month Away!!…

We always leave Nahoa super clean and tidy but some things you just can’t control. Birds are one of them. The mess that these cute little things leave is insane. It’s not the size but the quantity of their droppings!!


The BEST and WORST of Bali

Next episode we head back to the boat! Hopefully it’s ok!!


Really?

We’ve been finding the Swastika on tombstones and gates all over Bali. At first we were shocked as it’s really taboo in the western world for good reason. Turns out the swastika existed long before the Nazi’s. To this day it is a sacred symbol to many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and many others. And […]


Avoid this HONEY SCAM!

Going for a simple walk in a rural town or countryside may be one of our favourite activities. All it takes is a little bit of curiosity and you have a mini adventure unfolding in front of you. The honey scam happens all over the world. Syrup, alcohol or water is added to pure honey […]


the Worlds finest ANIMAL POO COFFEE

Our Indonesian Visas had run out forcing us to leave the country. But on the way back, we transited thru Bali giving us the rare opportunity to do the first bit of land travel in ages.  The defecated coffee bean is a real thing! It’s a delicacy in Bali and carries the corresponding price tag. […]


Our Craziest Moments Sailing Around the World

This is the big HONEY! 100 Episodes! Wow. We can’t believe it! A huge thank you for following our crazy adventures, subscribing and supporting us as we get up to all sorts of craziness. Ash and I sat down the other week and had a chat about what on earth we could share with you […]


Indonesian Village Life

One of the best parts of sailing is stumbling into these remote villages. With the lack of tourists, village life prevails. It’s pretty neat to see. Men stick the hard labour such as boat building. The ladies weave. And the children run rampant. We’re not quite sure why the kids were asking for money in […]


Boat Building INDONESIAN STYLE!

hinisi or Pinisi are a type of Indonesian sailing vessel. They’re super cool boats that date back to 1906. In the early 1970’s they were actually the largest commercial sailing fleet with thousands of these ships contacting all corners of the Indian Ocean. How cool is that? Nowadays they are almost all motorized but the […]


5 Basic Types of Wind

We gloss over the details of the many aspects of wind yet they affect us daily. Over the years it’s become somewhat instinctive to notice funnels, katabatic, thermals and many other types of wind so we thought it was time to break down some of the basic winds in this more instructional video. This is […]


the SEX LIVES of DRAGONS

Theres a few major stops in Indonesia. First is Raja Ampat. Did that. Banda and the Spice Islands would have been next. Couldn’t get there due to weather but Komodo national park was next. There is an entire park surrounding the island that has the dragons. And that includes some pretty awesome diving. To be […]


CRASHED INTO our 1st ROCK after 4 Years at Sea!

You get pretty laid back after four years of sailing. By now we’ve had plenty of close calls and nothing serious has ever happened. Well, this crash scared the bejesus out of us! It was loud. It was sudden. And our minds immediately jumped to the worst case scenario; A massive jagged gaping hole that […]


We ROLLED THE DICE on the WEATHER Forecast

We left with the forecast calling for 20-25 knots, which is uncomfortable yet manageable. We knew we were in for a surprise when it hit 35 knots. It’s not uncommon to have a burst of wind at sunrise and sunset while sailing offshore. Nature is always seeking equilibrium. Our boat, a 41 foot catamaran, does […]


WHY WE QUIT the 9 to 5

Out here is where we feel most alive. Everyday brings a new adventure. A new challenge. We wouldn’t trade for anything. But we also know it’s not for everyone. Others feel happiest in the city. In the urban environment and that’s cool too. Our message is to encourage everyone to make a choice to live […]


How to Sail Around the World

There’s lots of ways to sail around the world. If you’re racing, you often use storms in the southern ocean to propel you along. It’s a completely different approach. One that requires serious boats that are built for those conditions. We on the other hand sail around the world by staying more or less in […]


SEARCHED by Indonesian Customs

Every country we visit has a different set of rules for entry. Customs, Quarantine, Immigration and the Port Captain typically all require paperwork. We usually budget an entire day for this process. The trick is to show good will. To allow access to your entire boat. This we have found expedites the process more than […]


BIZARRE Gun Trade in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Sometimes life out here is a bit crazy. This was one of those nights. We had run out of options on where to anchor. Dusk was upon us and we had to pull over. Almost immediately after dark all these fishermen started fishing around us. Why here? Why now? It just didn’t make sense. Well […]


Pirate or fisherman?

Altruism and Risk. The two go hand in hand. Over the years we have sailed into some of the most remote regions. We’ve anchored in front of some of the poorest villages. Not once have we encountered situations where someone has harmed us. This is not a coincidence. The world is filled with people who […]


ANYTHING is POSSIBLE in the Philippines

In the western world we stock replacement parts while the rest of the world uses donor parts. It’s a completely different mindset. Yes we can fix it. Yes we can build an adapter. Yes we can fill that. They often do not have the cash to replace and if they do, the actual parts are […]


its BROKE and there’s NO SPARE

Keeping a sailboat running and afloat is a constant, never-ending effort when you’re on a mission to sail around the world. An average day almost always contains some sort of boat maintenance. The problem is sometimes repairs require a technician or specialized tools. And in some countries there are no spare parts. Your options are […]


sailing at Night in the Philippines

Cities and ports are necessary evils while sailing around the world. We try to stay on anchor most of the time. It’s free and way more beautiful. But now and then we have to pull into port for repairs or government formalities. In order to get there, and position ourselves for the sail down to […]


SPOTLIGHT Fishing Filipino Style

In all of our travels we have never seen so many fishing boats as in the Philippines. Not big ones. Just small outrigger style canoes that typically hold two to four people. It’s pretty neat. As soon as they start the engine the propeller starts spinning. No clutch. No gearbox. Just an engine directly hooked […]


one of the BEST spots in the WORLD

What constitutes a perfect travel destination? It’s a tough question. Over the years we have found a few. El Nido, and the Philippines in general, ranks at the top. What’s our criteria? A few! Cost, safety, accessibility, and amenities. The Philippines is really really affordable. The most expensive thing is the flight to get here. […]


stuck & SWARMED by BEES…

El Nido in the Philippines has a bylaw which forbids all single use plastics (bags, straws, food packaging). Even water bottles were banned on all the tourist tours. I’d say that’s pretty progressive for a developing country and honestly much further ahead than, for example, our home town in Canada. That said, currents and tides […]


HALF WAY around the world – just another day

We started this circumnavigation over four years ago. At the time we thought we’d finish this lap in 2-3 years. Where did the time go? Unlike the the Volvo Ocean Race or the Clipper Round the World crews, we pull over at each and every island. It’s these sort of side explorations that have led […]


KITESURFING TOUR of the PHILIPPINES

There is something incredibly pure and rewarding in being able to harness wind in the discipline of kiteboarding. The kite becomes and extension of your arms. The board an extension of your legs. Your mind is firing on all cylinders. I can’t possibly put it into words. It is an awesome feeling. Call it an […]


How we Got to 100,000 SUBSCRIBERS

100,000 subscribers! It’s just a number. It could be any number. But at some point you might as well celebrate some numbers. Below is the gear we use. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter that much and often we just grab whatever camera is closest including the phone. Go checkout some of these guys: […]


INSIDE a Cockfighting Pit

From pig sacrifices and traditional dance in Vanuatu to cockfighting in the Philippines. It’s been eye opening travelling the world. It’s challenged our beliefs. A large part is noticing the treatment of animals as we walk through villages. They’re often free range. If not, they’re tied via a rope to their ankle. They seem to […]


How We DEFEND Against PIRATES

We are currently anchored off the north coast of Mindanao in the Philippines and are staging to sail south to Indonesia. Our location is currently hidden as a safety precaution. We thought it was timely to put together a little episode of what we do to defend against pirate attacks. We think these steps are […]


OFFSHORE FISHING the FILIPINO WAY

Sometimes while travelling serendipitous opportunities pop up. We’d seen these crazy guys about two days out from the Philippine coastline and were so intrigued by their vessel. (Honestly a little intimidated as well). After making friends with a local, we arranged to board and tour their vessel. Luckily one of the guys even spoke english […]


AVOIDING PIRATE WATERS

Planning is one of the most important aspects of sailing around the world. We often spend days or weeks researching new countries and the Philippines was no exception. Most round-the-world cruisers pass through Indonesia. It’s safe. There is lots of information from previous sailors. But that doesn’t necessarily make it the best route. After reading […]


How To CROSS BORDERS ON A SAILBOAT

A lot of you have asked us how border crossings work on a sailboat. So we thought it was time to make a video showing you first hand while also giving you a bit more context of alternate scenarios we’ve encountered in the past. You will find a bunch of different forms and sites we […]


Behind The Scenes: CRACKED Bulkheads. BROKEN Clutches. LEAKING Escape Hatches…PARADISE

This video has been a struggle to make. Sometimes sailing life isn’t as exciting as you think. Sometimes we just sit in an anchorage for weeks on end, sweating & fixing the boat with an occasional excursion. What’s the story here? Well perhaps multiple. Next we’re off to the Philippines. What a ride that’s going […]


Bat Soup and Other Crazy Food we’ve Eaten

Ok, so things are getting weirder the further we travel. In this past year we have had some pretty crazy foods including Bat Soup, Turtle Intestines in blood as well as Sea Cucumber. Not to mention the Balot we eat at the end of this video. The crazy thing is that nothing was really ever […]


TIGER Shark EATS Manta Ray

We got a doozie for you. An action packed adventure in Palau which turns out to be a pretty fun place! Hope you enjoy this one. We are off to another island which likely won’t have internet nor cell coverage. We will be back in about a weeks time. Until then, let us know what […]


Sail Inventory of an Offshore Sailing Catamaran

The sails in your sail locker make a huge difference when cruising longterm offshore. You need to be able to pull out different weight clothes for different wind angles and strengths. In this video we try to break things down as simple as possible without boring you. Hopefully we achieved a good balance. You can […]


What Makes a Comfy Passage?

As you read this we will be on our way to the Philippines. You can see our track here: https://sailingnahoa.com/track-us/ We’ve included a whole whack of links below for your perusing pleasure. Let us know if you have any questions! We will be back online in about a weeks time …. As soon as we […]



It’s TOUGH Sailing Around the World!

22,000 nautical miles. 27 countries. We’ve had a good whack at circumnavigating and there are many hard times. Perhaps this little episode helps expose some of those harder moments. Often we edit and publish videos with the intent to help drive views which intern finances a piece of our journey. The trouble with that is […]


People Eat These

This is big money in the Louisiades and so important to the locals for a way of earning cold hard cash. Beche de Mer season was upon the Louisiades and Wow what a vibe! The guys were out diving daily collecting their loot. The outer islands, normally uninhabited, had fishing camps everywhere. These guys were […]


How We Set Sail Around the World at Age 35

Well here it is. Our story of how we quit the rat race. How we’re sailing around the world in our mid 30’s. It’s nothing special. We’re not trust fund babies. We simply worked hard. Made some strategic decisions and went full throttle. Often life is defined by a few key decisions. A few moments […]


These Sailing Canoes Transport Families Hundreds of Miles

As we’ve travelled deeper and deeper into the South Pacific we’ve seen fiberglass speedboats replaced by paddling canoes. But it wasn’t until we arrived in the Louisiades that we spotted our first Sailau; The traditional sailing canoe still used to this day to travel to and from mainland Papua New Guinea which is hundreds of […]


Crossing Cultures Thru Kiteboarding

Well this was a first. Kiteboarding where they had never seen the sport of kiteboarding before! We were looking for a good beach to walk and stumbled into this massive, windward beach on an island called Panacia. Turns out there were multiple families living in grass huts as they do. We got thinking, this beach […]


Safe? Sailing to Papua New Guinea…

A lot goes on behind the scenes before we set sail to any country. Ashley will spend weeks reading online reports. We talk to the cruising community. Papua New Guinea was no exception. In the broader sense, there are many cities which have unsafe areas. Whether that’s downtown east-side in Vancouver or Southeast Los Angeles. Yes, […]


Top Travel Destinations in the South Pacific

Happy New Years to all you wonderful humans! We thought it time to publish our Top 10 spots we visited in the South Pacific. We added a bunch of links below. If you need any more detailed information, just ask and we’ll give you the inside scoop! We just passed thru this region mere months […]


Most Accessible and Affordable WRECK Dive

Have you ever gone on vacation with no expectations? Vanuatu is one of those places where you think it’s just an average country but are absolutely floored by what it has to offer. This country is incredibly alive in terms of culture not to mention underwater wrecks. Being a staging base for World War II, […]


Want to Catch BIG FISH?

We just pulled into port after 10 days at sea and it’s so great to see all of your smiling faces again! On passage we made a little edit detailing how we catch, land and process all the monster fish we bring aboard. Our hope is that this helps you in outfitting and planning your […]


Basic Offshore Sailing 2

We thought we’d share another sampling of what life is like out here. This one contains a bit of running from cyclones, Satellite connectivity and Fuel management. When you see this we will likely have just crossed north of the equator as we sail to Palau. We would love to hear your questions in the […]


How did this MegaYacht end up here?

Interesting things happen when you live on a boat full time. We’ve compiled a handful of experiences from Vanuatu in this little vlog. Enjoy! 


BASIC OFFSHORE SAILING

Offshore sailing is a magical time and offers an opportunity to unwind, reflect and enjoy the incredible experience of bobbing on a relatively very tiny piece of fiberglass on the huge magnificent ocean. We are rarely disappointed by mother nature! If its not the sea surprising us, a glimpse up at the night sky usually […]


A Rare Glimpse into a Tribe from Vanuatu – Adventure 47

We’re back! We may have found the only remaining spot on earth that does not have cell coverage! We have been travelling thru Papua New Guinea and just pulled into Port Moresby (possibly the most dangerous city in the world). Enjoy this little edit from Vanuatu and apologies for the delay! Exploring Central Vanuatu was […]


STANDING AT the EDGE of the EARTH!

Well we weren’t expecting this when we set sail for Vanuatu! We knew there was a Volcano in Tanna. We thought it would be relatively safe to visit given it’s open to the public. Luckily for us, it turns out Vanuatu has rather lax safety regulations making for an extraordinary adventure.


How to FILLET in under 10 minutes

Processing your catch is part of life out here and you get a lot better the more you catch! In the few past years we have processed almost every tropical fish imaginable. Here are a few tips to get you started. Full Recipe is available over here (in Digital Downloads)


Diving with Peaceful Giants

First some news! We’re pretty excited but we just officially launched our own Shop! Go check it out by clicking here. Now to this weeks video. Fiji is a fantastic mixing pot of culture. With a massive Indian influence in the major cities to Kava drinking locals in the outer islands. It is an experience […]


What SPARE PARTS are CRITICAL when Sailing Around The World?!?

We have bobbed around oceans for close to 4 years now and have logged well over 10,000 nautical miles. In that time, we have made a lot of mistakes and have had to fix almost every component on our boat. We want to share some of the mistakes we’ve made so that you don’t have […]


Top #1 Island in South Pacific

Situated in the very South east corner of Fiji, Fulanga is about as far from civilization as you can get. It is one of the most beautiful places we have been to in the world. Yes, the world. Fulanga has it all. A beautiful protected lagoon with crystal clear waters, abundant sea life, corals that […]


Systems and Components of an Offshore Sailing Catamaran

After three and a half years of sailing around the world and well over 10000 nautical miles we wanted to give you a tour of our floating home as it is now. Nahoa is a 2005 Lagoon 410 owner’s version that has carried us all this way. We have worked hard over these last years […]


TEASERS: Our SECRET Fishing Weapon!

The second lesson in our “School of Fish” series is hot off the press. If you have any additional questions fire away in the comments below.  Additionally, here are some ideas on what to purchase if you don’t already have these in your arsenal: Daisy Chain Teaser Birds Gaff Trolling Skirts Good Filet Knife Cedar […]


Do CANNIBALS Even Still EXIST?

Fulaga, How beautiful you are! Visiting Fulaga (Fulanga) was one of those bucket list places for me. One of those places you have heard about, but almost cant fathom going to yourself. Well we made it. It wasn’t easy beating straight upwind from basically everywhere else in Fiji. It was more than worth it. If […]


Lost – Adventure 42

We are now in the most Eastern group of Fiji and have found a completely uninhabited island. Well, actually its not an island, we are officially at a reef, but the sandbank is always there, so I proclaim it an island. This is such a cool place. A place of life and death. We were […]


HANDLINES: THE BEST WAY to FISH from a SAILBOAT

Fish crazy? Pretty much! Every chance we get, the lines will be out. It’s how we supplement our meals out here. We don’t always catch so when we do, we fill our freezer and live off our catch for as long as possible. Catching and slaying fish is raw and real. Some people have a […]


could this be PARADISE!

After landing in Port Denerau we picked up Ashley’s mom and immediately booked it to windward Lau Island group. This part of Fiji is considered the most remote in Fiji. There is no customs and immigration there hence our first stop on the main island. But hey, the harder you work for something the more […]


Why the LITTLE MOMENTS matter MOST – Adventure 40

We’ll let this video speak for itself. Enjoy the laugh. Love, Ben & Ashley   


Heavy Weather Sailing to Fiji – Adventure 39

After an epic few months hanging out in New Zealand it was time to Go! There was a definite chill in the air. We were finally ready with the bilges full of provisions. Leaving port and going offshore is a decision we don’t take lightly. One that includes pouring over weather forecasts in the week […]


DODGING 50 KNOT STORMS in New Zealand – Adventure 38

New Zealand, New Zealand how beautiful you are! With the end of summer approaching and boat work dragging on it was time to get out of the bilges and go sail. Go sail the great Hauraki Gulf. We needed to get back to our usual shenanigans of hiking, fishing, diving, and getting a little crazy… […]


it’s NOT that hard – Adventure 37

The long overdue adventure thirty seven is brought to you from the bilges of Nahoa! After a year and a half and over 10,000 nautical miles of sailing our beautiful catamaran needed a little, okay maybe a lot of TLC, and a few changes to make life better. Nahoa travels on an increasingly tight budget […]


The End of the Endless Summer…

Winter. What’s winter? Cruising around the world more or less near the equator has meant we have had pretty much three years of perpetual Summer. Just how we like it! But after many months of cruising, we decided to pop home for a visit. Well it turns out summer in the southern hemisphere (aka cyclone […]


The COOLEST THING we’ve ever Done – Adventure 35

How do you describe New Zealand? I don’t think there is anything we could put into words to give this place justice. It is insanely beautiful. Lush green vistas. Picturesque sunsets. Plentiful fish. Upon arriving during New Zealands spring, we managed to squeeze in endless hikes throughout the Bay of Islands. A quick trip around […]


6 DAYS OFFSHORE. FAST AND FURIOUS PASSAGE to New Zealand – Adventure 34

Hello! We are alive! Finally a new video. We are back and in action after a minor boat refit down here in New Zealand. In this epic video as we check out of Tonga and hit the high seas for our much anticipated passage to New Zealand. We had a hilarious run-around just trying to […]


The Value of Fear & Kiteboarding Tonga – Adventure 33

Location: Ha’apai, Tonga Tonga is truly breathtaking. Popular Fiji lies less than a thousand miles to the west yet Tonga is desolate. A hidden gem. An undiscovered paradise available to those willing to venture from the beaten path. We finished off our month-long stay in Tonga in the absolutely breathtaking Ha’apai group. Probably some of […]


swimming with 40 TONNE BEASTS

Location: Ha’apai, Tonga Tonga is one of the few places in the world where you are actually allowed to swim with whales. Although we had seen many Humpbacks surface close to our boatwhile sailing, it proved impossible for one of us to jump in while the other handled the boat. Either the wave conditions were […]


The Secret World of Tonga – Adventure 31

Location: Vava’u, Tonga Tonga, the unexpected Oasis. When we set off this season, Tonga was on the list but it was heavily overshadowed by the likes of French Polynesia, Marquesas and the Cook Islands. The focus was on places like Bora Bora, Mo’orea and Aitutaki. So let me tell you, we were very surprised by […]


Sailors in the Snow!

Location: Vancouver Island We hope you are staying warm wherever you are! It’s great to be home visiting family after a year away. Love, Ben & Ash   


CARNAGE at Beveridge REEF – Adventure 30 of Sailing Around the World

Location: Beveridge Reef, Pacific Ocean As we get further into this season we sail deeper and deeper into the remote reaches of the South Pacific. The further we go, the more adventure we find. More than we could have ever imagined. In this action packed movie we head out from the beautiful island of Aitutaki. A […]


DENIED in the Kitesurfing MECCA – Adventure 30 (Sailing Around the World)

Location: Aitutaki, Cook Islands Aitutaki is a gem of the South Pacific islands. A place where kitesurfers congregate. After a three day sail from Bora Bora we pulled into Aitutaki with plans to stay a month. Unfortunately for us, a new law had been passed that disallowed the use of tenders by any yacht inside […]


Don’t Do This At Home – Adventure 28

From the tragedy of Huahine to the undersea playground of Tahaa and Bora Bora. Epic! The lagoon waters do not get any better than this. Turquoise as far as the eye can see. These are the gems of the South Pacific. We spent a couple weeks chilling out, exploring and waiting on weather before heading […]


Collision at Night! The Tanda Malaika Wreck – Adventure 27

Location: Huahine, French Polynesia After beautiful Moorea our next stop was Huahine. Just over eighty nautical miles away. Close enough to contemplate a day-time passage if you have a fast boat. Tanda Malaika set off at first light but unfortunately did not make it in before dark. After the sun set they collided with the reef […]


INSANE Hike on Moorea – Adventure 26

Location: Moorea, French Polynesia Moorea is insanely beautiful. The travel brochures do not lie. Those gorgeous resorts are on every corner. It is also only a short 2 hour sail from Tahiti. The slow pace was a welcomed treat after the hustle of Tahiti. Easily accomplished while anchored in eight feet of crystal clear water. […]


About our Polynesian Tattoos – Adventure 25

Civilization. Wow. It had been a long time since we had seen lettuce, ahem, I mean traffic. We pulled into Pape’ete after a short 18 hour sail from the isolation of the Tuamotus and it was like entering another world. A City! Traffic, Pollution, Carefour (thats french an amazing version of grocery shopping). Pape’ete was […]


We Went HUNTING at NIGHT – Adventure 24

From the depths of the South Pacific. While jumping from atoll to atoll we came across one which seemed particularly remote. Think population of 10. Middle of nowhere. Nothing but a few guys working the coconut trees. Often sleeping in hammocks. Living off nothing other than rain water, fish and well, coconut. Export of Copra, […]


Diving with Sharks – Adventure 23

Sharks. They’re everywhere in the Tuamotus Islands. Black tips. White tips and Greys. And others lurking in the shadows. We were definitely intimidated when we first arrived. Scared to get in the water while these guys swam at our back step. But slowly, very cautiously, we warmed up to these cuties. They were just coming […]


Kiteboarding with Sharks! – Adventure 22

With 77 Atolls, the Tuamotu are the epitome of the picturesque South Pacific. Each atoll is different and yet the same. Narrow bands of coral. Sometimes small motus (islands). Other times the reef is the only thing between you and the deep blue sea. 3000 meters of nothing but black. The insides of these atolls […]


Ripped Mainsail 1/2 to New Zealand – Adventure 21

Our mainsail took an absolute beating on the Pacific crossing. Nineteen days of sun, chafe and wave slap turned it into a raggity, bagged out piece of cloth. We knew it was in bad shape but thought we could baby it to New Zealand. We were wrong. In one small upwind stint, we tore the […]


The Exotic Marquesas – Adventure 20

Wow! Episode 20. Twenty movies. It’s been a fun ride. Thanks for watching! We hope you enjoy this episode… Rugged. Remote. Exotic. The Marquesas are a wild place. So wild that Fatu Hiva is only accessible by boat. Only after hiking across the island we understand why. Mountains rage up into the clouds. Jungle covers […]


The Life Raft Experiment – Adventure 19

Will an expired liferaft float? What’s inside of these things? How do they work? These things aren’t cheap so it was discussed whether we could trust our old one and just have it repacked or get a new one. We ended up choosing to get a new one. There are many options to decide from. Some […]


Crossing the Pacific. 19 Days at Sea – Adventure 18

We made it! No wait. Holy crap we did it! We crossed the Pacific Ocean! WOOOT! Such a milestone and a huge bucket list item ticked off the list. I feel like we are finally real salty sailors. In reality we, have had much worse yet shorter passages so this one was pretty awesome. Not […]


Life In The Slow Lane

Just a quick update as internet is very sparse out here. Since we have arrived in French Polynesia, we have cruised through the breathtaking and rather wet Marquesas and are now in the Tuamotu. The underwater life here is just incredible! It is absolutely alive below the surface. Friendly and not so friendly sharks circle our back […]


Video: 17 Hours of Sex with Galapagos Giant Land Tortoises – Adventure 17

We have more Galapagos goodness for you. Episode 17 has more of the top celebrities from the Galapagos including Blue Footed Boobies, White Tip Sharks, more Sea Lions and of course the Giant Land Tortoise. Hope you enjoy. Coming up next is our 19 day passage across the Pacific.  


Video: 7 Days at Sea. Sailing to the Galapagos – Adventure 16

After 7 days at sea we land in the Galapagos. A place full of life both above and below water. Sea lions promptly invade our cockpit. What an awesome place to explore by sailboat. We hope you enjoy this episode. With love, Ben & Ash  


Video: Car Crash in Panama City – Adventure 15

Rental cars are really cheap in Panama city. Something like $10 per day. But then they tack on $50 worth of car insurance. Mandatory car insurance. We ended up attempting to decline all insurance. It was a long and futile argument that ended with us paying for the expensive, mandatory low end insurance. The roads are quite […]


Day 19 – Land Ho!

Conditions: Eerily calm. We are at anchor! Persons aboard: Can you believe it? There are still two persons aboard! No, seriously. No stowaways found to date. And, the knives stayed in the cupboard the entire time. Except when there was fish to slay. Fish count: Ben retired from his fishing career after that big one. […]


Pacific Crossing – Day 18: Mixed Emotions and Then the Big One!

Conditions: Pretty good. 15 to 20 knots on the beam. Bouncy. We stopped looking at weather forecasts a week ago. Nothing seems to change out here. It’s either windy or pretty windy. Persons aboard. One fisherman. One hell of a fisher woman. Fish count: One monster… (Ben) And just like that it’s all over. Where […]


Day 17: Monsters are Jumping

Conditions: Squally. Just the rainy squall kind. Wet out here! Persons aboard: Two tired salty souls. Fish count: One good size skipjack tuna. We are no longer Tuna snobs given the drought. (Ash) I have just realized that we have been out here a long time. By the time we get into port it will […]


Day 16 – Fresh Veggies

Conditions: We saw the sun! Finally a day where there was both a sunrise and sunset. Been a while. We are ignoring the rain squalls in between. Persons aboard: Two salty dogs. Fish count: Nada, nil, nix, zilch, zip, diddly-squat.. NOTHING. (Ash) Tonight we are having Greek Salad for dinner. Can you believe it? 16 […]


Day 15 – Mr Fix It

Conditions: Better! Still a huge swell, a million sail changes with fickle wind, but so much better! Except why oh why are there always huge squalls at dinner time? Persons aboard: Haven’t checked in a while. Could you imagine if we found a stowaway. That would be so cool at this point! Fish count: We’re […]


Day 14 – Chores

Conditions: Waves, waves, waves, squalls and fickle winds. Conditions must be better today, we did chores. Day 14 was officially our slowest day of the trip so far. Only 140nm covered in the last 24hr. Persons aboard: 2 clean sailors Fish count: Does chicken count? Steak fajitas anyone? Just to be clear, this does not […]


Day 13 – Awful. Just Awful

Conditions: The title of this post says it all. Persons aboard: One miserable. One very miserable. Fish count: I tried. Three lines out. Tangled two. Awful. Just awful. (Ben) What a miserable day. No wind. Tons of wind. Squalls. Rain. Waves. Huge rollers. No wind. More rain. More waves FROM ALL DIRECTIONS. Ahhhhhhh. Frustrating. This […]