Lockdown has now been forty days.  It’s been tough going hanging around, restricted in movements and being alone.  However, the end is in sight!  For the last two days New Zealand has had zero new cases of Coronavirus – this must mean the lockdown will end soon. Last weekend brought a northerly storm, fifty-five knot … Continue reading FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS


Groundhog Day! Every day I awake to the same scenery and same radio program.  We are now into week five of the Covid lockdown, it’s really starting to become boring.  Beam me up Scottie! Our wonderful government is promising we can go from level 4 to level 3 lockdown next week.  Level 3 means that … Continue reading LOCKDOWN – INTO WEEK FIVE


Having sat through a dreary overcast day in Long Bay I decided that on Wednesday I would head into Havelock Marina and top up on water, diesel and get some fresh provisions on board. Havelock is a small town but has a Four Square store where all essential groceries can be obtained.  To make sure … Continue reading HAVELOCK FOR SUPPLIES


Thursday after lunch I headed out from Richmond Bay, moved down Pelorus Sound and brought up in Jacobs Bay, a run of ten miles. Once securely moored in Jacobs Bay I went ashore in the dinghy for a walk.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a camp site, toilet and water tap.  The water is … Continue reading BARBERS SHOP AND PICNIC


Last night was a shocker.  Not much sleep possible as very strong 50 knot plus gusts hit us from all sides.  Wind bombs blasted down from the surrounding hills into the anchorage.  A real wind bowl.  Oh, and it rained all night as well.  The rain has done a good job of washing the salt … Continue reading MISSIONARY BAY WIND BOWL


This evening, at midnight, New Zealand goes to Alert level 4 and into a four-week lockdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus.  The instructions are ‘where you sleep tonight you should stay’.  That leaves me locked down on Truce for the next month. The guy I met ashore yesterday, his name is Graham, offered to … Continue reading OYSTER BAY – REPLENISHING