AKAROA TO PORT LEVY

The 05:33 morning forecast predicted the 25 knot S’ly breeze would die out in the morning leaving variable 10 knots behind in the afternoon.  I wanted to pick up the diminishing S’ly breeze (not the 25 knots that can mean 30 knot gusts) to take me around the south and east of Banks Peninsular. I … Continue reading AKAROA TO PORT LEVY

AKAROA – VISIT TO THE GIANT HOUSE

By Tuesday afternoon the southerly blow has run its course and I picked up the anchor from Takamatua Bay and headed back around to Pine Tree Bay.  The anchor was well stuck into the mud and took a bit of soaking out, comforting to know there is good holding in this bay. Back at Pine … Continue reading AKAROA – VISIT TO THE GIANT HOUSE

AKAROA – SAILING AROUND

Last night I moved to Pine Tree Bay, just on the North end of French bay.  The wind was blowing from the NE this anchorage proved to be just perfect.  This morning I was woken by natures alarm clock again, the little birds had returned in droves, or maybe it’s a flock.  Judging by the … Continue reading AKAROA – SAILING AROUND

AKAROA -OH LA LA SHORE LEAVE

A beautiful clear night and a billion stars last night.  Nice and calm this morning and I was woken by the sound of birdsong, at first I thought I was dreaming, but no, definitely birds cheeping away above me on deck.  I opened the hatch and there they were, all lined up, perched on the … Continue reading AKAROA -OH LA LA SHORE LEAVE

AKAROA – LAZY DAY AT ANCHOR

I had a lay in this morning, the sunrise is almost seven thirty so there’s no light shining through the hatch to wake me up.  The morning was cold, overcast and didn’t inspire me to action.  Instead I pottered around the boat and made pancakes and real coffee for breakfast.  Comfort food on an overcast … Continue reading AKAROA – LAZY DAY AT ANCHOR

BALLISTIC BARKERS BERRY JAM AND ROTTEN TOMATOES – AKAROA

Finally, the painting of the repair was finished yesterday evening.  Thanks to Pete and Maurice from Stark Bros for making an excellent job of the repair.  In anticipation of sailing I did the laundry, had a shower, got a few groceries, had a pint of Kilkenny at the pub, filled the water tanks and generally … Continue reading BALLISTIC BARKERS BERRY JAM AND ROTTEN TOMATOES – AKAROA

RUNNING DOWN TO LYTTLETON AND BRUISED AT THE DOCK

The weatherman was still telling us we had 15 knots, but now he was also predicting an approaching gale.  Well we know ‘no condition is permanent’ so I waited in anticipation for the elusive wind.  By 10:00 zephyrs were showing on the water,  a slowly building N’ly breeze, we were soon sailing with the main … Continue reading RUNNING DOWN TO LYTTLETON AND BRUISED AT THE DOCK

SOUTHWARD BOUD, GREAT SAIL AND BECALMED

Wednesday morning opened flat calm and clear at Jacksons Bay.  The night only disturbed by the occasional ferry wash, gently rocking Truce, as the ferries passed along Tory Channel just outside the anchorage. The morning forecast was excellent with N’ly winds of 15 knots predicted down the Cook Strait and along the coast down towards Akoroa.  … Continue reading SOUTHWARD BOUD, GREAT SAIL AND BECALMED