This blog is about me, Henrietta, and my travels with skipper, M. 

Originally M asked me to write it because he recognised I’m the most important character in our little adventure and, without wishing to sound smug, I am pretty central to everything. Before going any further, I should tell you that I’m just a sailing boat. (I’ll tell you more about me and the skipper – and other things – elsewhere).

Skipper M thought it would be easier for me to let you know what’s going on. First, as I’ve said, I am very important and the key to everything that happens. Second, as I’m not a real human being, I don’t have people-feelings and can say things that M doesn’t like to say; also I can say things about M that he might not like. (I’m thick-skinned in every sense.) One thing I should admit though is that I don’t always write good English and spelling isn’t always spot on, and I didn’t take the photos either, and my geography may be shakey and memory a bit fallible. WordPress is very clever, often too clever for me, so you’ll have to be patient while we work things out.

At the beginning of 2016 skipper M did take over writing most of the blog. I’ve been relegated to being a normal non-writing boat. I write the occasional bit, usually when M is fed up.

Here’s a picture of me all polished, renamed and with smart new black antifouling on my bottom. (No-one wants barnacles or weed on their bottom)



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…and here I am under sail in the Atlantic

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5 Responses to Home

  1. Julia Rhys says:

    Dear Henrietta

    Well I have never written a love letter before – well not to a woman anyway – so feel a little embarrassed to say that I think that you are just gorgeous. You have the lines that all women crave and in all the right proportions, it is such a shame that you are not a human – oh and male! Keep looking after M and B as I am sure that they look after and care for you too. Please do not worry that you get barnacles on your bottom as you age it will get worse and you will suffer from more than barnacles and that won’t be the only problem – oh God I could go on and on but you have work to do and a role to play in keeping your lovely inhabitants safe and sound.

    Talk to you soon Henrietta and take care.


  2. Lizzie tuffin says:

    Happy Christmas uncle Michael! Just tracked you and see you are completely in the middle of the ocean! Keep safe and look forward to the next update! Lizzie xxxx


  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello Michael. Just met up with your smashing boys over weekend. It’s been too long since last seeing them. They told me about your adventure……I’m now following you. Keep safe and happy,love from jill and martyn hayward


  4. Carla Murray says:

    Hello Michael and Henrietta. We have an inkling about your trip as we have just returned from Fiji and Vanuatu where we joined my stepson and his wife on their boat. I think I mentioned we were going to join them in Granada just before Christmas. Well 11,000 miles later we joined them again and did the passage from Fiji to Tanna, Vanuatu. We were lucky enough to snorkel in beautiful warm water and see colourful fish and diverse corals. Pete and I are about to go and spend a few days on Nanuk but the weather here is cold – a mere 8 deg or so – and the wind forecast is pathetic! Our daughter and fiancé spent 3 months with Pandora from Panama to the Tuomotus, via Galapagos and Marquesas and have wonderful memories. I will continue to enjoy following your travels. When we were away lots of boats were headed for NZ. Enjoy your time there. I can’t remember if you said you’d been there before. If not it’s beautiful. Safe sailing! Carla


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