Never Laugh at Live Dragons – Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Better than TV.

How often in your life do you get the chance to walk the rim of an active volcano? And if you get the opportunity – would you do it? Going against all hazard management, mountain craft and personal safety rules that I have learned in my earlier ski-patrol and guiding career, accompanied by an interminable [...]

There are no atheists at sea

when it's bad it's SCARY!

There are no atheists at sea. I recently had this epiphany in the middle of a three day passage between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, where the Coral Sea and the South Pacific waters mingle and merge, swirling through trenches thousands of fathoms below, rising up and over sub-aquatic volcanoes, deep sea mountains peaked with treacherous [...]

Cut it out! Logging in the Pacific

Standing strong; but for how much longer?

One of my favourite things about sailing is the people you meet along the way. Whether it be gentle islanders in remote locations, expats in established ports, down and out rascals on the side of the road, or fellow sea-worn yachties, I get a real buzz by chatting to them all and listening to their [...]

Grotty Yachty

Grotty Yachty

It’s not until we sail into Honiara, bustling capital of the Solomon Islands, that I realise how much I have been struggling with co-habitation in such a confined space. Faced with long hours of sailing and days of having few other people to talk to, the conversations between the Captain and I of late have [...]

Interlude: Wandering thoughts through long dark nights of passage

'Imogenation' takes flight

With a series of three hour watches all alone under the dark moonless sky when the waves can be felt but not seen, it’s a humbling experience and easy to get emotional, especially after five long bruising nights bumping around relentlessly on our passage from Townsville, Australia to the Louisiades. However, it is hard to [...]

Practical Information for Yachts going to the Louisiades

Louisiades: Inspirational, remote, generous and FUN!

When we were preparing to leave we spent hours trawling the internet for practical information for yachties going to the Louisiades, and found very little. I have attempted to compile a list for future adventurers based on our experiences and needs. All additional questions, information and comments will be gratefully accepted and I’m sure indispensable [...] comes through

Sun, check. Boat, check. Rum, check.

A glutton for punishment, I reactivate my account on that I had suspended while I was travelling through South East Asia with DD. Driven and rather stubborn, I am still intent on sailing before the year is out. I am stoked to see that within a couple of days I get another ‘wave’ of [...]

Imo’s sailing adventures chapter 2: the silver fox

One boat-owner who immediately caught my interest was Captain P. After a few interesting emails followed by a couple of phone calls, a RDV is set up in Auckland to sail to Waiheke Island for a night.  He’s a 50-something, fit, yank musician who has been living the dream in New Zealand for a few [...]

Imo’s sailing adventure chapter 1


Imo…interested! By Imo Throp -I wish I was on that boat. I sighed, as the sun caught the side of the ketch and winked back at me, calling. I was 31, single and had just finished the last page of The White Rajah, a fabulously written classic by Nicolas Monsarrat. My head was filled with [...]

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