After 72 days, around 2.000 nm, 2 ex-cyclones, several tropical storms, 1 destroyed autopilot, 1 new battery, 1 damaged mobile phone, 1 soaked laptop, 1 lost bucket lid and 2 destroyed buckets, 1 Coastguard-tow up, 1 police rescue mission, 1 blown up exhaust pump, 1 ripped off UV strip of our foresail, thousands of hours binge-watching … Continue reading The journey is over (… it has just begun)
If you sail, you don´t blog - that is my résumé of the first weeks sailing around New Zealand. Since our departure from Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, I have not typed a single word on my computer. There was simply no time. In recent weeks, we've been too busy facing the stormy conditions and heavy … Continue reading Sailors don´t blog: Review and outlook
Good things come to those who wait, they say. For the last three months, I have done quite a bit of waiting... waiting for this day to come: The day of our departure to sail around New Zealand. It is a day, that has been postponed too many times for my taste. Even though it … Continue reading Setting sails … and what the Environment Court has to do with it
Sitting in an environment court is an experience of its own. I would know. For the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to be present in a case around the island of Motiti. The indigenous people, represented in the Motiti Rohe Moana Trust (MRMT), sought protection for their ocean, their coast and reefs. It´s … Continue reading Tipping point: Non-word of the year
“Wich part did impress you most?” people keep on asking the two of us after our cruise from the Bay of Plenty to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. The answer comes as quickly as simultaneously: The Mokohinau (Pokohinu) Islands – a paradise for those who love solitude, the sights of sh curiously checking … Continue reading A paradise called Mokohinau
"In six weeks you can singlehandedly sail Kahu", T.A. said to me. His infinite optimism keeps on surprising me. It is both encouraging as well as putting me under pressure from time to time: I should learn to navigate the boat on my own in just six weeks? We will see. Six weeks was not … Continue reading 6 weeks sailing in New Zealand: A sea trial
One of the biggest drawbacks of working remotely is finding access to internet. Working as a nomad on the ocean takes it to new extremes.
Like all great things, this project started in a café over a couple of long black coffees. We had met a month earlier in a great little coffee shop in Mount Maunganui, in the Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, and we have gotten on really well. We both had a commitment to change the … Continue reading How we developed Nomad Ocean