Just a quick update to let you know where we are.
Well we are now sitting in Napier. We arrived last Saturday late in the afternoon after a five day and one night sail from Tauranga. We had a great stay there, of about a week. We caught up with some lovely friends of my brother John, who lent us a 4x4 and invited us to their place on the outskirts of the city for dinner. We ended up staying the night with them. We also took out two different couples one afternoon who are interested in the Seawind. It was a beautiful day and we had good winds for the test sail and they really enjoyed their time out. We were able to sail down the harbour through the entrance past Mount Maunganui and out to sea for a few miles. In fact Alec has had a call from one guys who wants to drive all the way down here to Napier so we can take his wife out and show her how the boat handles.
That day we sailed on to Waihau Bay towards the East Cape with winds getting up to 30ks plus coming from the west – 37nm. We anchored in the bay and were going ashore to have dinner in the local Pub. I was looking forward to crayfish as the area is renowned for them, but it was too rough. So Alec dropped his new cray pot but sadly it was empty in the morning when he pulled it up. We were rocked to sleep as the wind kept up all night!!
Next morning it was off out around Cape Runaway into 2.5 – 3mt seas. By the time we got to East Cape [a distance of some 30nm.] the wind had died and we rounded the Cape and motor sailed nearly all the to Napier doing a night sail, as we decided not stop in at Gisborne - 108nm for that leg. Murray was so funny as he decided he was doing the full night watch. So as each of us came up for our turn there was Murray wide awake. By early dawn he and flaked out and stayed that way well into the morning.
Tomorrow morning we are off to the local ‘Farmers Market’ which is really good. We have hired a small car for a few days which has made life a lot easier.
April, thanks so much for taking the time to pay us a visit. Was great to catch up again and we will stop in on the way North in a few months.
Ann and Colin, great to catch up with all your news. Do enjoy your summer travels in your motor home.
Vivienne, Thanks for being the courier for the ‘far flung kingdom’. Brigitte had no idea that another envelope was being sent through to you. Just bring in over with you along with the computer and once you are in NZ give me a call.
Take care on and all
Lots of love
Ann and Alec