Wild sailing to great barrier

A Wild Sail To Great Barrier

We’re sailors again and if you can’t tell, we’re just a tad excited about it.  Our first stop is Great Barrier Island, and the sea shows us no mercy for our initiation.

We dive full force into cruiser mode.  It feels good (albeit a tad nippy) to be moving at a pace set by the wind, out in the wild, self-reliant, foraging for food, and checking the weather multiple times a day.

If this is any indication as to what sailing around New Zealand is going to be like…we’re in for a very wild ride.  And I am looking forward to the adventure!



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Comments (39)

  • Bruce A. Smith

    Can you give us an update on Tonga and how it fared with the volcano? Especially the Sheens. I hope al is well.

    • Curious Minion

      The Sheen family is well because they’re in NZ doing a scheduled retrofit on their catamaran, but they have no news on how the village or their house and animals fared. News from Tonga is only trickling out. Did you get the notification about this update?
      Curious Minion

  • Roger Cox

    The critical parts of the drone for salt water immersion: Electronics, battery, electric wire connections and small bearings. Distilled water is the first item to use. Use three thorough rinses of distilled water. The spray all electronic parts and wire connections with electrical contact cleaner. The most difficult to rescue will be the battery, but in that case replace if it did not survive the cleaning process. My experience is this process is about 50% effective. So don’t hold your breath.

  • Pam McClure

    Ooooo a cliff hanger! 💐

  • Michel

    Great to see you both happy and sailing, even if we knew you had already been in the water on your Happy New Year video. Love to follow your adventures. Makes me wish I had done it when I had a CT47 built for us by Ta Chiao back in the day when they we still making the smaller boats. On a sad note, have you head anything via the sailing community about your friends in Tonga?

  • Carl

    How do you correct the colors in your underwater shots? Filters on the camera or in the editing package? Any tips?

  • Jeanette Brennan

    Great to see your awesome ‘adventure’ videos again. It’s great to travel with you. Stay safe and continue to explore and have fun. 💞👍🙏✨🌊⛵️

  • Ed Thompson

    Nicki and Jason. Electronics and water. Most electronics, like your drone, can withstand clean clear water if it is dried. I used to run an electronics repair shop and the first thing we did was wash our dirty dusty circuit cards in a dishwasher.
    But salt water is a different story and when it dries it deposits salts that are conductive. Those conductive paths destroy the electronics. Sometimes you can wash away the salt with enough clear clean water but sometime not, but it’s always worth a try. So quickly dunk your salted electronics without battery into clear clean water and then dry with a little heat or pack in rice. You may need to replace the battery pack but it’s worth a try.

  • David Jobling

    Happy New Year from York, UK . I hope you have escaped the effects of the tsunami . Keep the videos coming

  • Max McByte

    Yea, you guys are living a dream! There are many things that come across the mirrors of my mind when observing your fantastic chanel. First off, Nikki is the woman of my dreams, and there are so few out there. I have had the exquisite pleasure of knowing a few of them and letting them slip through. Jason, do whatever it takes to keep this gal! For there will never be another one like Nikki.
    One another more serious note, I wonder what precautions that you have taken regarding pirates. Being alone, in a hostile situation, what measures are you prepared for? Note; It is not acceptable;e to say that you will avoid this, as it is really random and out of your ability to fully control it.

    I hope you are well prepared.

    FYI, here on land, in the USA, crime has dramatically risen in my neighborhood, the United States. I can only imagine that it is happening globally.

    That may sound crazy. I never checked my local police report before Sausilito and now Redwood City, Palo Alto – Stanford University until recently, and I was shocked to discover had bad the reality is. 10 Shootings in the last week. The MisLedia hides this information.

    Keep doing what you are doing, but be advised, the USA of A is under a soft seige. And things are becoming increasingly non-predictable.

    Sounds crazy, yes!

    But the folks who were about to be hauled off to NAZI extermination camps probably thought the same thing, because it never happened before.

    I hope I am totally wrong. But I do see where things are heading.

    Be well friends, trust few!

  • Sam Wiggens

    We got a bit of that pressure wave here in Austin. Couldn’t really tell if you didn’t know what was going on. The wind here is awful. But it is human nature to complain about the weather where you are. I don’t even own a snow blower. As long as we don’t repeat last February we’ll be fine. All your site videos are beautiful, but under water is just surreal. (Glad it was you, and not me.) I was always an adventurer, but now I’m pretty much house bound. I’m not alone when I tell you how much you mean to us. Stay safe, stay active. God bless.

  • Alan Solomon

    Good evening to you. 10pm in southern Cal. now.
    Great video. I think I was jonesing for some underwater video shots. I really enjoyed that.
    When I heard about what happened in Tonga, the people of Tonga were suddenly in my thoughts including all the people that you guys met like the people and animals at the animal shelter/veterinarian where “Pipsqueak” came from. I pray all is as well as can be in these circumstances. 🙏
    In this video at 3:21, reminded me of uncharted, wild waters that Jacques Cousteau should be researching. Unpredictable nature is awesome. At 8:21 in this video your windows are beautiful, and you worked so hard on them. Congratulations on that achievement. At 12:26 in the New Zealand deep, I liked the almost hidden face on the puffer fish that showed up. At 15:40 your veggie cutting machine is really cool and makes great, interesting veggie cuts to enjoy. You definitely have it going on with everything at hand in your kitchen including your handy herb garden. 👍 This video was a great treat. Thx. See you next week. Be safe. Enjoy life. 😀

  • Robert

    Hola, writing to see if you’re ok. Tsunami arrived here, west coast of the U.S., between 8 and 9 am Saturday — coincident with high tide. So, it was 1-3ft (~ .5 m) over high tide. Not much damage here. Pretty wild currents everywhere; stream in Santa Cruz reversed, turned into contra-flow rapids.

    Tonga fiber cables were cut. I believe NZ/Aus military flights may have reached Tonga by now. If you don’t know already: there was an undersea eruption of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano, about 64 kilometers (40 miles) north of Nuku’alofa. Islands were hit by ~1 m tsunami. Tsunami affected entire Pacific basin. Sonic boom was heard in Alaska and New Zealand. 300 Pa barametric pressure wave transited the entire planet. As a USGS official was quoted as saying: it’s humbling. Hope all goes well with you — tell us how you’re doing.

  • Lisa Mccurdy

    Hi there! It is fantastic to see you out sailing again. So sorry about the drone…. have you tried Silica beads? If you have any of those moisture packets from shipping = tear some open, pour into an air tight container with the drone for 72 hours…this is supposed to work better than rice. Good luck and keep flying… we Love ❤ those aerial shots. Be safe, keep laughing and doing what you love. You bring the joy of wonder and travel to so many of us. Lisa

  • Karen

    Hey Nikki try having a wet paper towel next to onion. I heard it likes moisture., maybe it won’t go to your eyes!! I haven’t tried this but….. 🤷🏼‍♀️
    Love what you make all the time in your kitchen !!

  • Michael

    I hate you guys. #1-Your doing what I couldn’t afford to do. #2-Being 70 now this is out of my grasp. #3- Being alone now leaves me at a loss for a mate to share the experience. Watching your videos since you sold the motor home leaves me with an empty feeling to my life. Your adventures excite many but also leaves others as myself with a feeling of loss.

  • Peter

    Hi Guys, great video! I know the frustration on how the wind can blow your plans (sorry). Hey Jason I had the dingy throttle in butt syndrome too! You did better than me, I lost my balance and ended up over board. Very embarrassing. 😆

  • Rita Redmon

    I would have never known about Tonga without you two. Keep thinking what about those nice people in Tonga that helped Jason and Nicki. Hoping for the best. Love your videos. Aunt Rita – that crazy great aunt the every family has.

  • MaryGrace Stich

    Glad to see y’all back on the water and that Curiosity is now repaired and ready to go. So much work! Well done.

    We hope to head to French Polynesia in few months. Just finished applying for our LSV (had one in 2020 but didn’t go because of the Pandemic).

    Can you PLEASE tell me the brand and where to buy your vegetable slicer from this video? It looks great. I have not harvested lettuce seaweed, but now I’m interested!

    Wishing you fair winds, excellent adventures and easy uploading! 😉

    s/v Ticket to Ride

  • Candace

    Glad to see you back on the windy waters again. I like how your videos are pretty much in real time now instead of lagging a couple months behind. Thanks!

  • Candi

    Ditto on the whirly cucumber thing. I need one! Got an affiliate link, I’ll buy one 😉!

  • Lizzy

    Are you guys okay? I’m a little worried about Curiosity and her minions in view of volcanic ash popping unexpectedly through the water. Maybe do a post soon to let us worry-warts know things are rough but do’able? Hope you’re safe, remembering Curiosity cleans up well and knowing how resilient you two are…

  • Steve Gibbons

    Yeah, I got my Monday morning Wynn’s fix and now its time to head into another working week with batteries charged and a grin on my face. No I wont mention the word Drone today!

  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    So Excited to see your adventure. Big waves, I could almost feel the ride. Been a while since we’ve had an underwater video, so beautiful, want more. Very happy for you to get out to explore after all your hard work with repairs.
    Faithful watcher, look forward to more.

  • Michael

    You have been promoting SurfShark for some time now, and I figured it was time to see how it rates against others. I always check such things at, and you’ll be pleased to know that they rate it very well. I would like to see an independent audit of their no-logs policy though.

    BTW, I went to your store and the button at the bottom that loads more items does not work. I believe it is an issue with W3C compliance. You may wish to address that as I can only see the first page of item categories.

    It seems quite cold where you are, being that it should be summer there at this time of year. I guess that land is just too far south. But it is nice to get enough wind to move that boat.

    Thanks for another good video!

    • Curious Minion

      Hmmm, I haven’t heard anyone else having this specific problem. We will check it out but in the meantime you might try opening the blog in a different browser to see if it works there. Thanks for letting us know!
      Curious Minion

      • Michael

        Yup, like I said, it is a compliance issue. It works in Opera, Tor and Chromium, but not in Firefox. (Surprising actually.) Didn’t want to take the time to check the other couple dozen browsers I know of. Stick to the W3C and things should work everywhere.

        • Curious Minion

          Interesting – works for me in Firefox.
          Curious Minion

          • Michael

            Which version? Mine is 91.5.0esr 64-bit. Although, it shouldn’t make a difference.

  • John Schretlen

    When talking (complaining) about cold weather I’m glad you mentioned weather in big chunks of North America right now.

    Yes, it’s hard to feel sorry for you complaining about weather when the sun is shining, the wind is gentle and the hardest thing you’ll do all morning is to pull on a wetsuit. But it was a real sailor thing to do, wasn’t it?

    Some very good underwater shots this week.

  • Peter Drury

    Hello Nikki and Jason,
    Wonderful to see you back in the ‘wilds’. Lovely vibe, lovely video as always. Happy that both are not too emotionally attached to the drone! lol.

    As an electronics guy, I can advise you that the best restorative treatment after its salt water excursion is to submerge and swish around in a generous amount of distilled (de-ionized) water–dissolves all the salt–do the same in isopropyl alcohol–soaks up the water–and put in a warm place to dry. As the water has combined with the alcohol it quickly evaporates, hopefully leaving no electrically conductive residue. Be generous with the distilled water. Two baths with lots of swishing would be better.

    I love alignment your cameras are giving us with the horizon. It puts me on the boat. I can feel the speed and healing with the wind and the sea.

    The new windows look great!

  • Joyce Tatler

    Awesome video. Question though what was the device you used to make the whirly cucumber etc! ?

  • Norman

    Did you ever get my suggestion on T nuts?

  • Bob on MV VELOMER

    So great to see you sailing again. The vis underwater is amazing. And your “take whatever comes” attitude makes lemonade every time.

  • mary van

    It is so good to see you out there exploring again. Sorry the weather did not cooperate for you!

    Remember all of the lobster when we found and speared when Aunt Cindy and the family was with us? It was a feast! About as good as the trip to Washington when we caught all of the crab. So many fun times! I sure miss you guys!

    Love you! xxoo

  • Sid Landrum

    Hello ex Texans,
    Hope your enjoying your freedom once again.
    Have you been in contact with your friends on Tonga and how are they doing since the eruption? Our best wishes for them and hope they’re safe and doing well.

    • Sam Wiggens

      You are NEVER an ex-Texan!

  • Liz

    Great video! Happy to see you guys back out there. What is that veggie spiral-er thing you used for your salad? Have a link?


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