FICKLE WIND AND ENGINE PROBLEMS

At midnight I started the engine, we had no wind and there seemed no prospect of wind as a thick wet mist had descended on us.  Unfortunately, at 02:00 the engine spluttered and then stopped, the silence was deafening.  I tracked the problem to air in the fuel system and once it was bled, we … Continue reading FICKLE WIND AND ENGINE PROBLEMS

DEPARTING GISBORNE

I lingered another day in Gisborne.  It’s a nice place and I wanted to have a look around.  There was no point in sailing earlier as the weather to the south at Castlepoint and Cook Strait is diabolical.  I didn’t expect so much bad weather at this time of year. At 10:00 we let go … Continue reading DEPARTING GISBORNE

REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE DAY IN GISBORNE

I awoke this morning completely rested.  The trip down from Mangonui had been quite tiring and a good sleep has put my mojo back.  Gisborne marina is well situated close to the town, with local 4 square and laundry close by. This morning I fresh water washed down the boat, it was absolutely caked with … Continue reading REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE DAY IN GISBORNE

UNSCHEDULED SHORE LEAVE IN GISBORNE

All night the wind remained fickle as we slowly headed south towards Portland.  By 05:00 the wind started to pick up and an hour later was gusting 25 knots, the top end of the forecast range.  As we approached Portland the wind seemed to have increased more and the note in my log estimates it … Continue reading UNSCHEDULED SHORE LEAVE IN GISBORNE