Going to the darkside: From monohull to multihull

We’re old school sailors. Well, correction, we were old school sailors. A little less than a year ago we wouldn’t have stepped foot on a catamaran, let alone consider buying one. My, how things changed. I’m not even sure whether I could pinpoint how, or when, our thinking changed. Was it when our friends bought a catamaran and took us for a fabulously relaxed day sail? Or that our favourite You Tubers moving from monohull to a multihull? Either way, when we decided we wanted to upgrade our yacht, the option of catamaran was thrown into the mix and months of research began. We went from zero to 100 in our knowledge of cats, researching different brands and their pros and cons.

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Bareboat chartering: Vava’u – Tonga

If you picture yourself sailing among palm tree fringed islands surrounded by wildlife, blue seas and the sound of lapping water, then Vava’u is for you. Quiet, simple and serene, all activities In Vava’u are focused around water.

Diving, snorkelling, sailing and whale watching are specialities here. It’s a chilled relaxed vibe if something doesn’t happen today, there’s always tomorrow. There’s nothing better than starting the day with a swim off the back of the boat and enjoying the sunset over a drink in the evening after a day sailing, snorkelling, paddle boarding or kayaking.

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Bareboat chartering in Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast is simply breathtaking. It’s a coastline of turquoise waters and the red roofs and bleached stone of the old seaside towns and cities. Have you been inspired by these images to sail Croatia but possibly don’t know where to start? If you’re a sailor and haven’t chartered overseas before, it can seem daunting. Really, it’s not difficult to do, and I’d encourage you to go ahead and book your trip. It’s an exciting place to experience by boat. In this post, I’ll take you through what I think are the better options for bareboat chartering.

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I explore: free diving

Have you ever tried free diving? In the middle of winter last year, I decided to learn. Why winter? Who knows, it seemed like as good a time as any. Don’t get me wrong, the Australian winter is not a European winter; it’s very mild by comparison but it’s still a crazy time to learn a new sport where you spend an extended time in the water.

The driver? An upcoming sailing trip to Tonga. I’m so excited about this trip and I really want to get more out of snorkelling and I figured free diving would help me dive deeper and longer.

While I was looking for  a wetsuit in Sydney, I met a free diving instructor and a week later signed up for the next beginner class (AIDA2). The inspiration for all this….

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Japan – wanting to experience the magic of Cherry Blossom Season?

Japan was never on my “travel to” list until we were looking for somewhere to go for a special birthday. Everyone we spoke to who had been there said: “go!” The birthday timing happened to coincide with cherry blossom season, so lucky us.

The Japanese love this time of year and now I know why. Apart from the simple fragile beauty of the blossoms, there’s a cultural significance which surrounds this season which makes it so special. Together, the picturesque trees and flowers and the excitement of spring create a wonderful, buoyant atmosphere in the cities and towns. This is a snapshot of our experience.

​”The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is. So, when Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and marvel at their beauty, they aren’t just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition the cherry blossom tree.”

Huffington Post Aug 2013

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