BIOLUMINESCENT DOLPHINS TO FINISH

From Tutukaka to Parua Bay in Whangarei Harbour was another short hop down the coast, again under motor as the lingering high pressure over New Zealand continued.  Before eight on Wednesday morning we were clear of Tutukaka Harbour and motoring on glassy calm waters down the coast towards Bream Head. Bream Head is a high … Continue reading BIOLUMINESCENT DOLPHINS TO FINISH

ARRIVAL AKAROA – DÉJÀ VU AGAIN

With the nasty weather behind us we made good time down to Akoroa.  The wind was either there or not there, meaning we either sailed at a good speed or motored slowly.  Once south of Kaikoura we had a steady 20 to 25 knots of wind on the port quarter giving us a fast ride … Continue reading ARRIVAL AKAROA – DÉJÀ VU AGAIN

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

INTO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND CHANGE OF PLAN

We had a wonderful night last night, clear skies, big moon and just the right amount of wind to keep us moving along nicely with a low swell.  The nights are cool and an extra layer of clothes is required for the early morning watches.  I watched Venus rise just after the Southern Cross in … Continue reading INTO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND CHANGE OF PLAN

ARRIVED PELICAN

Porcupine Cove provided a peaceful night.  The waterfall woke me up a couple of times, I thought it was wind one time and another time thought it was a boat coming alongside.  I think I was sleeping lightly due to all the action yesterday and frustration at not making it to White Sulphur Hot Springs.  … Continue reading ARRIVED PELICAN

HUMPBACK BREACHING

Thank you Warm Springs Bay, I had a most enjoyable stay and the weather has been fabulous.  But after three nights alongside the dock it’s time to move on.  My friends, Steve, Bob and Noel have departed north and south and I was in the company of fishing boats and their crews last night. We … Continue reading HUMPBACK BREACHING

MOVING NORTH AND FIRST DOLPHINS

This morning I did final grocery shopping and got a gallon of engine oil for the next oil change coming up soon.  I tried to get a WiFi connection without success.  The only place is the library and that didn’t open until 12:00.  Must say I was not impressed with Craig, its services or people … Continue reading MOVING NORTH AND FIRST DOLPHINS

INTO SPIRIT BEAR COUNTRY

Another grey, wet overcast day in BC.  First excitement of the day was passing through Meyers Narrows between Swindle Island and Princess Royal Island.  It’s a very pretty narrow pass that is really not that difficult.  This pass allows us to get on the west side of Princess Royal Island and away from the main … Continue reading INTO SPIRIT BEAR COUNTRY