Well, the holiday and nice weather continues, a beautiful morning after a peaceful night spent secure on the mooring. After breakfast Steven and I took Truce around to Picton to pick up Richard and Doris. Once onboard we headed up Queen Charlotte Sound to find a suitable stopping off spot for lunch.
After a few miles we turned into Ruakaka Bay and found a lunchtime anchorage off a beach at Ratimera Bay. Ashore there were picnic tables, campsite and toilets – this place is so well organised.
Steven was brave enough to have a swim and went ashore. The water was too cold for the rest of us. The water has to be almost tepid before I will venture in.
Doris had made up some delicious lunch for us. Delightful, sitting in the cockpit in lovely weather, sipping wine, eating lunch with a beautiful scenic backdrop. After lunch we just lazed about, chatted and drank more wine.
Too soon it was time to get going. I didn’t want to be late getting back to Picton as Ngozi was arriving on the Interisland Ferry in the early evening. On the way back to Picton we even managed a little sail with the yankee, it only lasted a few minutes.
Once Richard and Doris were dropped off in Picton Steven and I returned to the mooring in Waikawa. Richard arrived a short time later with the car to take us back to their apartment in Picton.
All in good time, Steven and I walked down to the ferry terminal to meet Ngozi. In the evening we dined in Richards apartment and stayed the night. Different being in a fluffy soft double bed with no rocking and rolling, anchor rumbling or the myriad boat sounds.