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

WESTPORT TO TARAKOHE

After a wonderful restful sleep overnight I awoke to a nice calm day alongside in Westport.  It took a couple of minutes to get my bearings and figure out where I was.  I had breakfast and coffee and then went ashore to organise some diesel fuel. The fuel dock was occupied by fishing boats discharging … Continue reading WESTPORT TO TARAKOHE

MILFORD SOUND TO WESTPORT

Last night I had dinner on Windora, I thoroughly enjoyed it, roast chicken with real vegetables, good food and good company.  After dinner we had more rum and I once again chugged back to Truce late at night in the dinghy. I awoke on Friday morning to a beautiful day, clear skies and calm weather.  … Continue reading MILFORD SOUND TO WESTPORT

ENGINE FAILURE – SAILING TO GEORGE SOUND

Sunday 7th March and the forecast is good for sailing up the coast, a good S,Wly breeze of thirty knots and easing to fifteen later.  At six in the evening I let go the mooring and departed the anchorage in Precipice Cove.  This is an excellent anchorage with a good strong permanent line rigged to … Continue reading ENGINE FAILURE – SAILING TO GEORGE SOUND

AROUND WEST CAPE – ARRIVAL DUSKY SOUND

Moving day arrived, Thursday the 25th of February, the forecast is for S’ly winds, eager to get moving we let go the sternline and were motoring out of North Port before breakfast. As we motored out of Chalky Inlet the weather was brooding and overcast, everything on board still wet from the overnight rain.  The … Continue reading AROUND WEST CAPE – ARRIVAL DUSKY SOUND

TRANQUIL ISTHMUS SOUND

On Wednesday Morning we met up with another couple cruising on their yacht as they dropped anchor in Cuttle Cove.  We swapped information for a while, they are going south to Stewart Island.  They had come from isthmus Sound anchorage and declared it to be excellent and sheltered.  We decided to try it ourselves as … Continue reading TRANQUIL ISTHMUS SOUND

ARRIVAL PRESERVATION INLET

Monday and moving day.  The weather forecast looks favourable for a move north across the Foveaux Strait to Fiordland.  The weather models all agree and the Met Service backs it up, although they do have a gale forecast for the northern sea area Foveaux. After a final visit to the pub in Oban and a … Continue reading ARRIVAL PRESERVATION INLET

NEW YEARS DAY – 2021 AND SAILING AGAIN

At last, finally and not a minute too late Truce is sailing again.  The days leading up to departure were quite hectic, getting final stores, provisions and odd jobs completed.  On New Years eve Ngozi and I moved on board Truce at the pile mooring in the Tamaki River.  After seeing in the New Year … Continue reading NEW YEARS DAY – 2021 AND SAILING AGAIN

WINTER SOLSTICE NEW ZEALAND

 21st June and the shortest day of the year.  Its wet and cold in Auckland and work on Truce has declined to a snail’s pace.  My casual job at Burnsco, travel for Marine Consultancy work and the short daylight hours all conspire to keep me off the boat for days at a time. From now on … Continue reading WINTER SOLSTICE NEW ZEALAND