GEORGE SOUND

After the brief appearance of the sun yesterday I was hopeful for the same today.  However, its back to the same old.  After a good nights sleep I awoke to an overcast sky and low cloud, cold with rain and drizzle.  The day didn’t improve, it blew hard and rained hard from midday and a … Continue reading GEORGE SOUND

CHALKY INLET NORTHPORT ANCHORAGE

Early Friday morning in Lake Cove was calm and tranquil.  The anchorage is very scenic, surrounded by hills and higher mountains beyond.  Lake Cove is supposed to be an all weather anchorage but I suspect there could be some fierce winds generated from the surrounding high ground that would not be too pleasant. This morning … Continue reading CHALKY INLET NORTHPORT ANCHORAGE

LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

After a couple of glorious days swinging on a mooring in Halfmoon Bay we have decided that its better to head up to Fiordland at the next opportunity.  Crossing the Foveaux Strait westwards can be tricky as the westerly winds predominate.  Weather windows with easterly sector winds can be hard to come by so we … Continue reading LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND

Thursday 4th February, evening weather forecast indicated good winds for sailing to Stewart island.  The last few miles before Stewart Island showed light winds so I expected we may have to motor to complete the trip.  But no time to waste, the dinghy was stowed on deck and everything made ready for an evening departure.  … Continue reading MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND

DOUBLE BAY TO BURNEY’S BEACH, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND

This morning, the day opened with low cloud, light rain and a slight S’ly breeze.  I had a perfect sleep last night and feel refreshed this morning. After breakfast I picked up the anchor and sailed out of Double Bay under staysail.  The breeze was very light, just enough to keep us moving along up … Continue reading DOUBLE BAY TO BURNEY’S BEACH, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND

BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS

Last night I spent some time downloading weather files and looking at routing options in Predict Wind.  It seems that getting a clean run down the west coast is a long way off.  There are a procession of weather fronts coming into the bottom of the South Island, effectively blocking my path for the last … Continue reading BACK TO THE SOUNDS – THROUGH FRENCH PASS