Welcome to our newly re-vamped web site! Read all about Bosun Bird, our Vancouver 27 sailboat, her crew and her latest adventures.
We’ve described (and photographed) the dozens of exotic destinations – hot and cold – that we visited as we sailed 30,000 miles from South Africa to our home waters in British Columbia. For more detailed notes on areas not well covered by cruising guides – Solomon Islands; Japan; Kodiak & the Alaska Peninsula – see our Notes for Cruisers .
Nick has recounted our adventures in the wintry waters of Argentina and Chile, near Cape Horn, in his book “Winter in Fireland: A Patagonian Sailing Adventure”; take a look here for reviews and colour versions of the photographs from the book, which is available at all the usual online outlets, including Amazon and UAP, in soft cover or as an e-book.
More recently we’ve been sailing in Alaska and British Columbia, which we now consider to be our home waters . Recent voyages include a summer in Haida Gwaii and an exploration of remote Seymour and Belize Inlets, behind Nakwakto Rapids .
In case you’re interested in reading how ocean voyaging has changed over the past thirty years, we’ve included a short section on our earlier circumnavigation of the world (1985-89) aboard Tarka the Otter , an Albin Vega 27. Only a few months back, we had a serendipitous reminder of that voyage when news reached us of a long-forgotten Message in a Bottle.
Nick is the author of three other books – one on Colombia, another on Sudan and the most recent on South Sudan: “Collapse of a Country” with a foreword with Romeo Dallaire and Shelly Whitman. He is also a regular contributor to the UK’s “Sailing Today” magazine; a number of his articles can be found here.
Updated: October 2019