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December 13, 2019

Hello friends & family! It's not only the 1st day of summer here in Aotearoa, but it's also the start of my birthday season! A couple of weeks ago I shared the LiveOcean page (on Facebook) with you and asked you to give it a like. And heaps of you did! Thank you for that. Now, brazen girl that I am, I'm asking you to make a donation to the cause for my birthday.

My mates Pete & Blair are like us -- sailors, divers, surfers -- and they are pouring their love of the sea into this mission. Their first project is saving the Antipodean albatross.

For those of you who followed along on our voyage, you might remember that on our passage from Pitcairn to Auckland we saw only 3 things: blue blueness bluing bluefully, plastic in the sea, and one of these incredible birds. It was such a special experience... it flew with us for a while and we were mesmerized. It gave us hope! The possibility of losing the Antipodean albatross leaves me sad in my heart. Please do what you can to help. The link to donate is in the comments section. Kiwi mates, you can donate directly via your bank.

Here is information on the project:

November 19, 2018

Sailing diaries: Are we cheaters for using the engine?

We were quoted in this CNN article, because of our desire to protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.


From the article:

Sustainable voyaging advocates Michele and Jon Henderson have sailed 16,000 nautical miles on their boat "Ardea," the vast majority of it by the power of wind alone.

"Wind is better, full stop. The boat handles beautifully under sail and is far more comfortable than when motoring."

September 14, 2018

World Cleanup Day Aotearoa!

Let's clean up Aotearoa!

Millions of volunteers in a 150-country network will unite to clean the world in a single day. Since 2008, nearly 20 million people from around the globe have joined the Let’s Do It! World movement. Our movement connects and empowers citizens, companies and governments to clean up their countries of mismanaged waste, such as litter and illegal waste dump sites.

Commit to cleaning up your favorite park, waterway, beach, or neighborhood. Get a few friends together, and post some photos of what you've cleaned up! Let's keep the rubbish out of the sea and keep Aotearoa beautiful!

August 07, 2018

Callaloo Blue partners with The Big Microplastic Survey!

The Big Microplastic Survey is a global citizen science project that will gather data and information about the microplastics problem from around the world.  It is aimed at individuals and organisations that have access to the coast, rivers and lakes and want to get involved in gathering scientific data. Callaloo Blue was the first group in New Zealand to take part, and we will continue to gather data on our voyages and travels.

June 30, 2018

Plastic Free July Aotearoa 2018

Callaloo Blue is partnering with environmental groups all over New Zealand for Plastic-Free July. Please click through to the Facebook event page to find out how you can be part of this amazing plastic-free journey!

June 07, 2018

World Oceans Day Kiwi Cleanup!

Kia Ora Kiwis!

World Oceans Day is June 8th! Let's clean up our beaches!

How to participate:

1) Post which beach (or waterway) you are going to clean up.
2) SHARE the event: get your friends, family, and co-workers to
3) Head out to the beach (or out on the water) between the
8th & 10th of June (or any day, really) and collect rubbish.
4) Post a photo of what you have collected.

Between now and then, consider alternatives for single-use plastics in your day-to-day life. For more information, check out our plasticfreeseas tab and consider taking the Clean Seas Pledge!


We've partnered with Sustainable Coastlines in Auckland & Wellington. Please contact their offices to pick up your clean up kit!

From the photo submissions, there will be a random drawing for a prize basket containing alternatives to single-use plastics. Stay tuned for sponsors and content! (Open to NZ participants.)

Check out the event on the World Oceans Day website:

Sustainable Coastlines is having a World Oceans Day event, and we'll be speaking! Here is the link:

October 07, 2017

Henderson Island Humpbacks!

We were fortunate enough to snorkel with a humpback whale family during our 'reign' at Henderson Island. An incredible experience. Enjoy!

April 19, 2017

Check out our articles in 48North Magazine!

Did you know that we have been writing for 48North Magazine?? It's true! Check them out!

November 2016: The 27 Month Plan

December 2016: Adventures in Anchoring

January 2017: Ardea's Alaska Adventure

February 2017: The "Mission Critical" List

March 2017: An Unexpected Cruising Discovery

April 2017: Boat Projects Amid Carnaval

June 2017: Fishing from your Sailboat

July 2017: Voyagers Guide to Making Plans

August 2017: Shorthanded Spinnaker Sailing

September 2017: Cruising the Galapagos Islands

October 2017: The Effects of a Long Passage on the Mind

November 2017: Look Mom, No Hands! (Using windvane steering)

December 2017: Hendersons on Henderson Island

January 2018: Seattle Sailors in the City of Sails

February 2018: Sailor's Guide to Superfluous Safety

April 2018: Turning the Tide on Plastic

February 09, 2017

The Voyager Diaries, Chapter 1

Our cruiser friends Josh & Rachel from Agapé just started a great blog entitled, "The Voyager Diaries". Guess who is featured in Chapter One?? We had a few 'aww, shucks' moments reading it...

October 26, 2016

Otters in Monterey Bay

Otters in the harbor! One is quite sleepy!

September 25, 2016

Dolpins Came To Play

A pod of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins came to play in Ardea's bow wake. About 100 nautical miles offshore on our way to San Francisco, CA.

September 25, 2016

Neah Bay to San Francisco

This is a great article written by one of our excellent crew members during a recent offshore trip from Neah Bay, WA to San Francisco, CA, on our way south from Juneau, AK.

August 24, 2016

Humpback Whales!

Humpback whale shenanigans in northern British Columbia. Just when you think the action is over, wait for it...

August 12, 2016

Tracy Arm - Sawyer Glacier!

Check out the icebergs and Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm, Alaska! So blue!

July 12, 2016

Porpoise Play

A short clip of porpoises playing in our bow wake in Finlayson Channel, British Columbia, Canada.

August 02, 2016

Mama Bear Gets a Snack

This is a short clip of a black bear catching a fish in Anan Creek. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to get very close to these bears in a natural setting. Photos are posted on the Callaloo Blue Facebook page.

July 08, 2016

Video footage of our departure from Princess Louisa Inlet.

June 30, 2016

Sucia Shenanigans

A wee slice of our time on Sucia. Spoiler alert: Orca photos!

A Man and his Minto

Jon getting in a little vitamin sea therapy session after a series of unfortunate events we experienced sailing from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island to Sucia, where the Ardea is anchored.  Orcas and Sucia are part of the San Juan Islands, in the State of Washington in the USA. Special thanks to Anthony Abate for the great video!

June 25, 2016

Cutting the dock lines!

Cutting the docklines and catching the ebb tide!

June 23, 2016

Please stop by to say farewell to the intrepid Callaloo Cruise Team (Noj & Michele!) in preparation for their extended world cruise. The Ardea will be at the CYC dock for the event. We look forward to seeing you then! 

The CYC bar will be open and snacks will be available.

April 22, 2016

We now have a Youtube Channel!!

Check us out!

April 22, 2016

Earth Day

The Callaloo Blue mission statement: To share our love of the sea, and to serve as its ambassadors through low impact voyaging and teaching respect for the force of nature.

It's Earth Day - and we're making a list of things we can do better on the Ardea.

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