CAPE KIDNAPPERS AND GANNET TERRITORY

The morning was quiet and still as we let go from the Visitors Barth at the Napier Yacht Club at sunrise.  Motoring out of the channel we were accompanied by numerous day fishing boats, going out for their weekend catch.  A light westerly breeze set in and we were able to sail easily with just … Continue reading CAPE KIDNAPPERS AND GANNET TERRITORY

NAPIER – TIME TO MOVE ON

The visitors berth at the Napier Sailing Club has been wonderfully comfortable and the facilities enjoyable.  Numerous bars, cafes and restaurants along West Quay have enjoyed our patronage but it really is time to move on, further south. Napier City is a delightful place, very clean and well organised.  After coming from Auckland it is … Continue reading NAPIER – TIME TO MOVE ON

ARRIVAL NAPIER – ART DECO CAPITAL

After a day’s stop in Hicks Bay, waiting on weather, we set off in the first morning light for Gisborne.  Hicks Bay was overcast and gloomy as we motored out in flat calm.  Shortly the sun rose over East Cape in spectacular fashion and we continued motoring along the coast in calm sunny conditions, the … Continue reading ARRIVAL NAPIER – ART DECO CAPITAL

NEW YEARS DAY – 2021 AND SAILING AGAIN

At last, finally and not a minute too late Truce is sailing again.  The days leading up to departure were quite hectic, getting final stores, provisions and odd jobs completed.  On New Years eve Ngozi and I moved on board Truce at the pile mooring in the Tamaki River.  After seeing in the New Year … Continue reading NEW YEARS DAY – 2021 AND SAILING AGAIN

REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE

Now I am back home, sleeping in a double bed, no movement and no wind in the rigging.  I do wake up in the morning and momentarily wonder where I am, but that will pass.  Having not watched television for five months I find I am now strangely addicted, but that will pass as well. … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE

TUTAKAKA TO AUCKLAND

Tuesday morning in Tutakaka Marina opened overcast and calm, although everywhere is still wet from the storm.  Today I will head south again and see how far I can get and what the weather will throw at us.  The forecast is calling for westerly winds that gradually decrease towards the evening. After letting go from … Continue reading TUTAKAKA TO AUCKLAND

WHANGAMUMU TO A WINDY TUTAKAKA

After a beautiful calm and peaceful night in Whangamumu Harbour I awoke early and had a relaxed breakfast at anchor.  The day was fine and clear with no wind.  As today’s forecast called for variable 10 knot winds it seemed that sailing would be difficult. I picked up the anchor after breakfast, the water so … Continue reading WHANGAMUMU TO A WINDY TUTAKAKA

WHANGAROA TO WHANGAMUMU

First light in Whangaroa and it was hosing down, biblical style rain.  I Let go of the mooring and motored down the harbour, slowly, the rain was so heavy visibility was reduced to just a few boat lengths.  Once at the harbour entrance the rain reduced, replaced by a brisk NW’ly wind and lumpy sea. … Continue reading WHANGAROA TO WHANGAMUMU

MANGONUI TO WHANGAROA

I had a nice stop at Mangonui, I like the place.  Some good shore leave and exercise and stocked up with fresh groceries.  In the Four Square store I was taught the Covid level 2 protocol, wait to enter store, use hand sanitiser, keep distance from other shoppers etc.  With fresh groceries at hand I … Continue reading MANGONUI TO WHANGAROA

HOUHORA HARBOUR TO MANGONUI

By Monday morning the wind had moderated to around fifteen knots NW, I was ready to move on.  As soon as the ebb tide started, the anchor was up and I was heading down the channel.  Just after ten we were clear of Houhora and sailing across Rangaunu Bay to round Moturoa Island and Cape … Continue reading HOUHORA HARBOUR TO MANGONUI