I have been back in New Zealand since the end of January. Living the good life, eating, drinking and enjoying the warm summer weather. Generally getting fat, contented and too comfortable. Apart from a couple of mammoth record breaking rain events the weather has been beautiful, real Kiwi summer. Ngozi and I had a few days away in the Far North, enjoying he beautify scenery and taking in the quiet pace of life that exists just a few hours drive north of Auckland. February always seems to be the best month.
Recently there has been a chill in the air at night and I am thinking more of my return to Canada next month. Time for action, I have booked a one-way ticket to Victoria for early April. Then down to Canoe Cove and meet up with Truce again. I feel guilty about leaving her all winter, I hope she hasn’t suffered too much. I expect she will need a thorough cleaning and airing, the weather will have been cold and damp over winter.
I have been thinking about the route I will take back to New Zealand. First I think it’s down the coast to San Francisco, I have never been to San Francisco and I feel the need to sail under the Golden Gate bridge. From San Francisco, I will probably head towards Hawaii before turning south towards New Zealand.
Anyway, before heading off from canoe Cove I have anti fouling and heaps of boat preparation to get out of the way. There are always jobs to do on a boat – to keep in the sweet spot between perfect working order and total breakdown.