Between doing the Boat Show, and our family business, as I said there has been the preparation in making SHAMAL ready for our Big ‘Off-shore’. It is not just a case of loading on a few supplies and sailing off over the horizon like one may think. Well I thought it would not be to much more than that – WRONG!!!!! Alec has had to cross every ‘T’ and dotted every ‘i’. Many of the requirements are set out by the NZ Maritime Safety Authority which almost require one to tow a second boat behind with all this extra ‘stuff’ on!!!! But we have now got our ‘ Category 1’ Maritime Certificate which means we are almost ready to go.
Since arriving in Opua we have spent most of the time at the ‘work berth’ having a wind generator fitted along with engine checks and other little jobs being done. We have also managed to catch up with Liesel and Tony spending a night with them and then a dinner out tonight also. Thank you so much you two and all the very best with you move. Another friend of Alec’s from school days also drove up to say goodbye and again we went out to dinner which was just lovely. Thank you so much Ian and Yvonne. Murray just loved all your stories Ian!!! Grant a big thank you for driving us around.
Tonight we put Murray on a flight back to Auckland. I can tell you our ‘Shore Manager’ really did not want to leave. He has been wonderful in trying to teach Mum the workings of this computer – which on numerous occasions has nearly been thrown over as a second anchor. Will I ever get the hang of it? The trouble is they are so useful on the boat for down loading ones weather etc. Murray just seems to have it all at his finger tips.
Tomorrow night we go back to the airport to pick up our crew. A lovely couple we met in Nelson who use to own a Seawind 1200. A size bigger than ours which is no longer in production.
Thank you all who have sent emails through of late. Love catching up on all your news. Also many many thanks to all of you whom we have had dinners with or just a coffee to say goodbye. It has been great.
We will keep in touch as much as we can and send you photos along the way. We are also trying to find the site on the computer where you can actually follow our trips across the oceans by us putting in our lat. And long. Every 24 hours. Give me PLENTY of time to work the one out please.
It is now Thursday evening and we have our crew with us – Dave and Cathy. Lovely couple and I can see it is going to be a fun time ahead. We have been keeping an eye on the weather and it looks like this coming Sunday may be our departure day.
So we will sign out for this note and will keep you posted
Lots of love from
And our Crew