2020 NEW ZEALAND CRUISE

For many months I have been painting, maintaining and refurbishing Truce.  Now, we are both ready to venture out again, this time for a New Zealand cruise.  After so many months of stationary activity it’s wonderful to be moving again.  This cruise will be different as I have no set timetable or itinerary planned.  I … Continue reading 2020 NEW ZEALAND CRUISE

ANCHORED AT MANSION HOUSE BAY

After a couple of peaceful days in Whangarei whilst the wind blew outside I sailed this morning, passing under the lifting bridge at eight forty-five - the first opening after the rush hour.  I rode the ebb tide down the river, past Marsden Point and out the shipping channel, passing the fairway buoy three hours … Continue reading ANCHORED AT MANSION HOUSE BAY

WHANGAEI TOWN BASIN

Truce is tucked up in the Town Basin at Whangarei.  A secure spot right in the centre of town close to all facilities, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.  This must be one of the best temporary stops in New Zealand.  He forecast is for high winds - I have put out a couple of extra … Continue reading WHANGAEI TOWN BASIN

STOP OFF AT WHANGAREI

I had a nice peaceful night at Tutakaka anchorage.  A low swell coming over the reef making Truce roll gently.  I had an early start, departing before sunrise, relying on the leading lights to guide me out of the harbour entrance past the outlaying reef.  My early start was driven by the forecast of south … Continue reading STOP OFF AT WHANGAREI

HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS AUCKLAND

I awoke early this morning - because I was cold - must find out where I stowed the blankets many months ago.  It’s surprising that things can be hard to find on such a small boat. As today is a moving day an early start was not a bad thing.  After a life restoring cup … Continue reading HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS AUCKLAND

REST, RECUPERATION AND TIDY UP IN OPUA

Today was dedicated to clean up and chores on board Truce and taking it easy.  In beautiful calm sunny weather, I set about tidying the boat.  Stowing all the bits and bobs that I had been using on passage and stashed in the quarter berth for convenience and ease of access from the cockpit. On … Continue reading REST, RECUPERATION AND TIDY UP IN OPUA