Welcome to our web site! Read all about Bosun Bird, our Vancouver 27 sailboat, her crew and her latest adventures. Visit the Log to experience her voyage from Cape Town, where she began in 2005, across the South Atlantic to Patagonia,Tierra del Fuego, the Chilean Channels, South Pacific, Japan and onto Alaska. Bosun Bird is currently in Sitka, Alaska; her crew are now back on board after having retired from their jobs in distant Juba, South Sudan and a long (southern) summer travelling in the southern hemisphere.
At About Bosun Bird, you can read about the modifications and repairs we have made to her. For certain relatively uncruised destinations, such as the Solomon Islands and Japan, you can also check out more detailed information in Notes for Cruisers. And in case you're interested in reading how ocean voyaging has changed over the past twenty years, we've included a short section on our earlier circumnavigation of the world (1985-89) aboard Tarka the Otter, an Albin Vega 27.
Part of Bosun Bird's voyage is recounted in Winter in Fireland (page includes cover photo and reviews), published in Canada in June 2011; purchase is possible at many bookshops, notably Chapters, from the publishers (University of Alberta) and through online outlets including Chapters Canada, The Book Depository and Amazon Canada. E-book versions are now available at Amazon and others. You can view the colour version of the illustrations in Winter in Fireland, along with lots more that didn't make the cut, in the Fireland Gallery.
Nick is the author of two other books – one on Colombia, the other on Sudan – and his fourth book (“Collapse of a Country”, on South Sudan) is due out in the fall of 2017.
Updated: May 2 2017