Friday 12th May, departed from Auckland and headed North towards the Bay of Islands. Steven, my son is with me and eager to undertake his first offshore passage. In the early afternoon we took the outgoing tide from Hobsonville Marina, motoring under the Auckland Harbour bridge and then sailing with headsails up to Kawau Island. We anchored in Mansion House Bay in the early evening and had a quiet and peaceful night at anchor, awaking to flat calm in the morning.
BIOLUMINESCENT DOLPHINS TO FINISH
From Tutukaka to Parua Bay in Whangarei Harbour was another short hop down the coast, again under motor as the lingering high pressure over New Zealand continued. Before eight on Wednesday morning we were clear of Tutukaka Harbour and motoring on glassy calm waters down the coast towards Bream Head. Bream Head is a high... Continue Reading →
Yesterday afternoon one of the wind gusts flipped the dinghy upside down and dunked the outboard. Salt water everywhere, in the oil, in the fuel and of course in the engine. Many hours of work later (and some colourful language of encouragement) the outboard sprang to life, seemingly none the worse for it. At last... Continue Reading →