LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

After a couple of glorious days swinging on a mooring in Halfmoon Bay we have decided that its better to head up to Fiordland at the next opportunity.  Crossing the Foveaux Strait westwards can be tricky as the westerly winds predominate.  Weather windows with easterly sector winds can be hard to come by so we … Continue reading LAST DAYS IN STEWART ISLAND

EXPLORING PATERSON INLET

Monday, properly attired, we stepped ashore again on Ulva Island, this time for an explore. As soon as we landed a cheeky Weka popped out the bush to welcome us, pecking around our feet.  The weather was good, we decided to walk around the island.  The tracks are very well maintained and clearly signposted so … Continue reading EXPLORING PATERSON INLET

MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND

Thursday 4th February, evening weather forecast indicated good winds for sailing to Stewart island.  The last few miles before Stewart Island showed light winds so I expected we may have to motor to complete the trip.  But no time to waste, the dinghy was stowed on deck and everything made ready for an evening departure.  … Continue reading MAGICAL STEWART ISLAND

ARRIVAL PORT CHALMERS – MICKEY REPAIRED

The wind didn’t return, the final 65 miles to Port Chalmers was achieved with the assistance of Mr. Yanmar.  He ran relentlessly for 12 hours, in a decreasing sea until we completed the final miles to Taiaroa Head in flat calm and brilliant sunshine.  A beautiful day to arrive. I put a call through to … Continue reading ARRIVAL PORT CHALMERS – MICKEY REPAIRED

AU REVOIR AKAROA

On Saturday morning the cold southerly winds eased off and we were eager to get ashore in Akaroa and stretch our legs.  A beautiful warm sunny day and all well in the world again. After a walk around town and a good cup of coffee we paid a visit to the four square store for … Continue reading AU REVOIR AKAROA

AKAROA – SOUTH WESTERLY IN PROGRESS

After arriving in Akaroa on Wednesday morning I had a good sleep and rested on board all day.  The northerly wind blew and it wasn’t conducive to heading ashore in the dinghy.  So it was a lazy day and a quiet evening on board for Ngozi and I. On Tuesday we picked up anchor first … Continue reading AKAROA – SOUTH WESTERLY IN PROGRESS

ARRIVAL AKAROA – DÉJÀ VU AGAIN

With the nasty weather behind us we made good time down to Akoroa.  The wind was either there or not there, meaning we either sailed at a good speed or motored slowly.  Once south of Kaikoura we had a steady 20 to 25 knots of wind on the port quarter giving us a fast ride … Continue reading ARRIVAL AKAROA – DÉJÀ VU AGAIN

BARE ISLAND SOUTHWARD, MICKEY SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY

The day started out perfectly, little did we know how difficult it would turn out. I gingerly picked up the anchor from the anchorage behind Bare Island, the chain catching on rocks but eventually coming free and with relief I stowed the anchor and retrieved the buoy and line. I then noticed a boat heading … Continue reading BARE ISLAND SOUTHWARD, MICKEY SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY

CAPE KIDNAPPERS AND GANNET TERRITORY

The morning was quiet and still as we let go from the Visitors Barth at the Napier Yacht Club at sunrise.  Motoring out of the channel we were accompanied by numerous day fishing boats, going out for their weekend catch.  A light westerly breeze set in and we were able to sail easily with just … Continue reading CAPE KIDNAPPERS AND GANNET TERRITORY

NAPIER – TIME TO MOVE ON

The visitors berth at the Napier Sailing Club has been wonderfully comfortable and the facilities enjoyable.  Numerous bars, cafes and restaurants along West Quay have enjoyed our patronage but it really is time to move on, further south. Napier City is a delightful place, very clean and well organised.  After coming from Auckland it is … Continue reading NAPIER – TIME TO MOVE ON