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

SOUTHWARD BOUD, GREAT SAIL AND BECALMED

Wednesday morning opened flat calm and clear at Jacksons Bay.  The night only disturbed by the occasional ferry wash, gently rocking Truce, as the ferries passed along Tory Channel just outside the anchorage. The morning forecast was excellent with N’ly winds of 15 knots predicted down the Cook Strait and along the coast down towards Akoroa.  … Continue reading SOUTHWARD BOUD, GREAT SAIL AND BECALMED

COLD START TO WARM DAY IN THE SOUNDS

Wow it was cold this morning.  I awoke around four shivering, for the first time this year I put on a second blanket .  I was up again at six for an early start.  By six thirty we were clear of Cherry Tree bay, in morning twilight, motoring towards Clay Point.  The tide was against … Continue reading COLD START TO WARM DAY IN 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