Hello To You All
We had a bit of a slog on down to Nelson in moderate seas with strong winds, but were safely in the Nelson marina by 1.30p.m. We spent the next few days calling in at the different boat yards and boat shops sorting out all the different jobs that need doing while we are here. This is where we will take SHAMAL out of the water plus get her all ready for our big trip next year.
Our trip to Australia went really well. We arrived on the Saturday evening and on the Sunday morning the company arranged for us to go for a sail and lunch on Sydney Harbour. That was a wonderful way to meet everyone and made a great start to the week. At the conference we met up with Dealers from around the world which was most informative and interesting. We had wonderful hosts and all the crew at the factory where it was held went out of their way to do all they could for us. We moved back to Sydney at the end of the week as the Sydney Boat Show was on, and the company had their boats there. We all helped out on the stand for the first two days then the Dealers went their own ways. Alec and I stayed on an extra day just to check out the other exhibits and the competition of the other brands of catamarans. We are still convinced that the Seawind is the best value for its size. We flew home on the Sunday and stayed there for a few days to check up on our properties to make sure they were alright as two storms passed through while we were away in Oz. We then flew on down here to Nelson - last Thursday – the 7th August. Shamal was fine but a few boats in the marina suffered damage in the storms, one being blown over in the cradle as she stood out on the hard. We were told winds were in excess of 70ks down here in Nelson. We can see where trees in the parks have been ripped out of the ground. Brigitte has come back with us this time.
OK will sign off for this post. Hope it finds you all well.
Love Ann and Alec