REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE 2021

This year I completed the New Zealand cruise that was interrupted last year by covid and a long period of lockdown in the Marlborough sounds area.  So, a year later I finally completed my adventure, sailing around New Zealand and visiting many places that are only easily accessible by boat. Last year I tried not … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON NEW ZEALAND CRUISE 2021

DOUBLING CAPE REINGA

At four on Thursday morning I slipped the mooring and motored quietly out of Port Taranaki.  Not a breath of wind disturbed the sea, all was very still.  Once clear of the breakwaters I increased the engine power and headed north towards Cape Reinga, almost three hundred miles distant.  The forecast was for a few … Continue reading DOUBLING CAPE REINGA

NEW PLYMOUTH STOPOVER

We departed Ketu Bay early on Tuesday, motoring out of Pelorus Sound as the dawn began to break.  All was very quiet after the thunderstorm of last night and everything on deck was wet from the rain.  We motored on for a couple of hours before a breeze set in and sail could be set.  … Continue reading NEW PLYMOUTH STOPOVER

ROUNDING CAPE REINGA – NORTHLAND

Thursday morning, Lockdown lifted and no wind.  Sitting in Port Hardy, the water was flat calm, not a catspaw disturbing the surface.  The forecast was for another day of light and variable winds.  I resigned myself to wait another day and had breakfast.  By smoko the elastic band of frustration snapped in my brain.  I … Continue reading ROUNDING CAPE REINGA – NORTHLAND