ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Wednesday morning was a stunner, flat calm and warm sunshine.  Truce and I absorbed the heat, the damp wet of Fiordland and the West Coast quickly evaporated away.  The morning was spent pottering around, doing odd jobs and tidying the boat up after our trip up the West Coast.  There are always maintenance jobs pending … Continue reading ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

HEADING OUT TO THE SOUNDS

I awoke early this morning after a peaceful night on the mooring in Waikawa Bay.  It was still dark when I ventured out of the hatch, summer seems to be waning, shorter days.  The forecast was for variable winds with a N’ly in the afternoon.  It didn’t happen and remained stubbornly calm all day. When … Continue reading HEADING OUT TO THE SOUNDS

VISIT TO TONGA ISLAND

Considering I had a couple of beers last night I felt surprisingly good this morning.  I invited Steve over for morning coffee, it was about smoko time when we sat down in the cockpit for coffee and ginger nuts.  Beautiful calm sunny weather. After coffee Steve departed to go down to the Adele Island anchorage.  … Continue reading VISIT TO TONGA ISLAND

RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN

A funny night at anchor, the wind was from the north, but it came into Stilwell bay from the south with little waves causing a joggle.  I could see the boats in the anchorage under Adele Island, only half a mile away, facing to the north and we were facing in the opposite direction.   The … Continue reading RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN

HEADING OUT THE SOUNDS

Ah, a peaceful night at Turners Bay, flat calm all night.  This morning looks very different to yesterday, low dark overcast clouds.  Looks ominous.  The early morning forecast predicted N’ly winds, 15 knots rising to 25 in the afternoon with rain.  My plan was to sail over to Abel Tasman National Park in the morning … Continue reading HEADING OUT THE SOUNDS