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Since becoming full time liveaboards on our sail boat, Adam has always planned for us to be practising something so that should the time come for us to need to do something, then we know how to do it rather than feeling anxious and unsure of what to do. These sessions can range from learning how to hove to, to jibing, to using our hydrovane, to testing our storm sailing. The list goes on. Well it may not always sound like fun, he has a point and so over the summer we will be doing more of these sessions so that we both feel confident and secure in what we need to do, should we need to. We’ll film these practice sessions and we’ve decided to call them Skipper’s boot camp. If you like this idea and would like to see more of these videos then please let us know in the comments.

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——————————————————————————————————————————————————We’re Adam and Vicki. After a few years of studying and working hard we decided it was time to make a change. We needed a change that would allow us to spend more time together, give us a better work/life balance, and the freedom to travel. While we still had time on our side, we wanted to use it to live rather than use it to chase money. Learning to sail was the answer. In December 2021 we moved onboard Te Tāiko, a Chico40, and since then we have been so fortunate to explore many of New Zealand’s pest free islands and its beautiful anchorages.

With our love of travel and adventure, this lifestyle has enabled us to experience so much more than we could ever have imagined. From new experiences to meeting incredible people along the way, our life has been enriched in so many ways and makes us ever so more appreciative of our environment and the footprint we leave behind. Tāiko is our floating home. She gives us the freedom to go anywhere the wind and weather allows. By living a more minimalistic and sustainable lifestyle, she has provided us with a better work/life balance and has taught us to live and be present more in the moment.

Tāiko has also taught us to be more independent and less reliant on services. Some of these experiences have taken us out of our comfort zone many times but as the saying goes, ‘a comfort zone is a wonderful place but nothing grows there’. Our plan is to do blue water cruising. So, over the next year we will be completing some maintenance work on Tāiko and be getting her ready to meet New Zealand’s category 1 requirements to be able to go offshore. In the meantime, follow along with us as we navigate this new lifestyle whilst sharpening our skills exploring New Zealand waters.

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