A funny night at anchor, the wind was from the north, but it came into Stilwell bay from the south with little waves causing a joggle. I could see the boats in the anchorage under Adele Island, only half a mile away, facing to the north and we were facing in the opposite direction. The … Continue reading RELAXING IN ABEL TASMAN
I awoke this morning completely rested. The trip down from Mangonui had been quite tiring and a good sleep has put my mojo back. Gisborne marina is well situated close to the town, with local 4 square and laundry close by. This morning I fresh water washed down the boat, it was absolutely caked with … Continue reading REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE DAY IN GISBORNE
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
This morning the wind finally died at ten, just ripples on the water. We now have a huge spreading calm patch to get through before picking up the strong north westerly winds that will take us the final step to Opua. The Yanmar engine has been running since the wind left us. Maybe it will … Continue reading DAY 13 ONWARD FROM TONGA
All through the night and up to one this afternoon we had a beautiful sail. Steady wind twelve to sixteen knots and running very comfortably towards Hilo at between five and six knots. Then suddenly the wind stopped blowing. We went around in circles a few times and then nix, nada, nothing. By four in … Continue reading RESORT TO MECHANIC POWER
Weather turned out well today, a bit of rain and drizzle in the morning but then it cleared up and I could feel the suns warmth through the clouds. The sun didn’t get to be serious or cast any shadows but it was there in the background, behind the clouds. The forecast wind didn’t arrive … Continue reading A PLEASANT SURPRISE!
Hartley Bay is an interesting place, I went for an explore last night. it’s a small Indian community with access by boat, helicopter or seaplane. There is no road access and in fact no roads. The village is connected by raised wooden boardwalks upon which ATV’s, quads and Polaris whiz around. The ground is quite … Continue reading GRENVILLE CHANNEL
The rain continued overnight and this morning was wet and miserable. I forgot about going for a walk and had to bail out the pig who was half full of water. My options were to stay and wait for the rain to abate or move on. As a North Westerly gale is forecast I decided … Continue reading NARROWS, RAPIDS, WHALES
I woke up this morning feeling great. Green Island anchorage is the best so far, like being in a big wild garden anchorage, sheltered and safe. As today is Friday the 13th I considered not going anywhere today – sailors are superstitious. In hindsight staying put and exploring may have been a good option.