The anchorage at Smokehouse Bay provided another perfectly calm night. We arose later than usual and with no place to go and no hurry to get there we pottered around all morning doing odd jobs and relaxing. The afternoon came and went and we had no inclination to do anything energetic. The weather was unseasonably warm, we enjoyed relaxing in the cockpit, reading for her, messing around and maintaining things for me.
The weather forecast for the coming days is all doom and gloom, high winds and record rainfall are predicted. Staying at Great Barrier Island is an option, there are good anchorages in Port Fitzroy to ride out bad weather. But, the prospect of long nights and short days of bad weather is not too appealing. We decided to head south to Coromandel and see what develops with the weather. So the dinghy was stowed on deck and everything made ready for a morning departure.