INTO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

Gentle rain, dark, calm and cold when I stuck my head outside the hatch this morning.  I quickly ducked back inside to put the kettle on and listened to the morning weather forecast.  The S’ly storm was coming, now was the perfect time to head around, through Tory Channel and into the inner sounds. At … Continue reading INTO THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

OYSTER BAY – WAITING ON WEATHER

Early morning the wind started to blow and the anchor snubber began to grumble.  I turned out of bed in the cold and dark to hear the early morning forecast.  As expected, the N’ly gale had started.  Its forecast to go from twenty-five knots to gusting forty knots in the afternoon.  Although its only fifteen … Continue reading OYSTER BAY – WAITING ON WEATHER

OYSTER BAY – REPLENISHING

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

PORT LEVY TO PORT UNDERWOOD -RIP AUTOPILOT

Stuck in Port Levy in a N’ly gale was depressing and I was feeling a bit despondent.  I have given myself a mental talking to, snap out of it and harden up. After studying the weather, it looked like I had an opportunity to head for Wellington or the Marlborough Sounds.  The forecast indicated I … Continue reading PORT LEVY TO PORT UNDERWOOD -RIP AUTOPILOT

HEADING OUT THE SOUNDS

Ah, a peaceful night at Turners Bay, flat calm all night.  This morning looks very different to yesterday, low dark overcast clouds.  Looks ominous.  The early morning forecast predicted N’ly winds, 15 knots rising to 25 in the afternoon with rain.  My plan was to sail over to Abel Tasman National Park in the morning … Continue reading HEADING OUT THE SOUNDS

AROUND TO WAIKAWA WITH MOTOR AND SAIL

Steven and I had a leisurely breakfast this morning, heaps of toast with home-made grapefruit marmalade and fresh coffee.  At 09:00 we started the engine and picked up the anchor, departing Oyster Bay.  There was no wind so we motored out of Port Underwood and up along the coast towards Tory Channel.  It was a … Continue reading AROUND TO WAIKAWA WITH MOTOR AND SAIL

ENGINE FIXED AND STEVEN ARRIVES

Another beautiful morning in Oyster Bay.  Everybody slept well last night, maybe the drinks at the Irish pub helped.  Richard, Doris and I had breakfast on board and planned the day ahead.  Its Monday morning and a google search, a couple of phone calls, revealed a compatible FRAM filter cartridge available in Blenheim. So off … Continue reading ENGINE FIXED AND STEVEN ARRIVES

UNABLE TO MAKE WELLINGTON. SOUTH ISLAND INSTEAD

At 03:30 this morning we were only eight miles from Wellington Harbour entrance, the light S’ly wind died and a vigorous N’ly wind set in.  Without motor it was impossible to make Wellington. The forecast was for 25 knot N’ly winds in Cook Strait gusting to 30 knots.  My options were to run down to … Continue reading UNABLE TO MAKE WELLINGTON. SOUTH ISLAND INSTEAD