I have transited the Dardanelles many times but always at night.  Today I had the opportunity to make the passage in daylight and bright sunshine. Wonderful. We entered the northern end of the Dardanelles from the Sea of Marmara at daybreak and the blinking lights on shore gradually turned into recognisable structures and landmarks.  The … Continue reading DARDANELLES IN DAYLIGHT


One week ago I boarded a plane in Auckland and now find myself heading down the Bosporus with a long voyage ahead.  This time I have no heated bathroom floor – a hardship I will have to live with. A 30 hour trip from Auckland brought me to Galati in Romania where a new build … Continue reading HEADED TO NEWFOUNDLAND