MANGONUI TO HICKS BAY, A MIXED BAG

After a slow but steady start from Mangonui on the afternoon of the 25th the wind died and I had to resort to motor, passing Cape Brett around midnight in calm seas.  All the next day the wind teased me, alternating between scampering along under full sail to being becalmed and slatting sails.  The motor was … Continue reading MANGONUI TO HICKS BAY, A MIXED BAG

SUMMER SAILING, VISITORS AND WONDERFUL WEATHER

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks I need to consult the log book to jog my memory.  After the peaceful sailing in the Bay of Islands, we had to put Truce on a mooring for a few days while Ngozi and I headed back to Auckland to meet some guests coming … Continue reading SUMMER SAILING, VISITORS AND WONDERFUL WEATHER

CAPTURED IN WHALE BAY

Another perfect night.  I am getting spoilt with calm conditions and peaceful anchorages.  The only disturbance this morning was the cows on the hill making noise.  This place is good, we are captured here for another day as we can’t think of a better place to go. Tranquil conditions in Whale Bay. Photo : Ray … Continue reading CAPTURED IN WHALE BAY

AROUND CAPE BRETT TO THE BAY OF ISLANDS

An early start this morning in calm clear conditions.  We picked up the anchor, motored out of Whangamumu harbour and up the coast towards Cape Brett.  As we approached Cape Brett the birdlife increased, obviously some good food source for the birds around here. Cape Brett Lighthouse. Photo Ray Penson We passed close to Motukokako … Continue reading AROUND CAPE BRETT TO THE BAY OF ISLANDS

BUSH WALKS AND TIRED LEGS

Another wonderful sleeping night.  Awoke this morning refreshed and looked out to a peaceful calm anchorage.  Lots of boats in the anchorage, many of them preparing for a day’s fishing.  We took breakfast in the cockpit, coffee with English muffins and my homemade grapefruit marmalade. The weather is warm now, looks like the New Zealand … Continue reading BUSH WALKS AND TIRED LEGS

WHANGAMUMU HARBOUR

After a wonderful peaceful night’s sleep we had a leisurely breakfast before heading ashore in the dinghy.  The little Suzuki outboard is running a bit rough, I think it needs some adjustment on the carburettor, a side effect of its recent drowning no doubt.   Once ashore we wandered around, bought some ice for the ice … Continue reading WHANGAMUMU HARBOUR

TUTUKAKA HARBOUR

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 TUTUKAKA HARBOUR

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

DIVERSION TO BAHRAIN

Life is full of Surprises.  A delivery job has popped up, delivering a ship from Bahrain to Trieste in Italy. As I am in the area, its an easy hop from Dammam in Saudi to Bahrain, I have accepted the job and have changed my plans for return to New Zealand. The drive across the … Continue reading DIVERSION TO BAHRAIN