It is a bright, mild and sunny winter’s day down here and we’ve left the marina and are motor sailing up the river toward Whangarei. We’ve stopped at the halfway point for a couple of days as more rain is expected. We’ll then continue up to Whangarei where we’ll anchor in the river and dinghy ashore for shopping, river walks and swimming in the public pool.
Where are we
Sunday 21 May 2023
Ho Hum, still in New Zealand
The next batch of wet and windy weather isn’t expected for almost a week. A LOW approaching that we will be going into a marina for. As the LOW passes, the winds reduce and become southwesterly - perfect for heading north.
The big HIGH over Australia (if it still looks as good in a week’s time) should carry on the favourable southwest winds that we would picked up from the back of the LOW as it moves across New Zealand. We won’t know till much closer to the time.
The boats that left a week ago had a mixed bag of too little wind, too much wind, wind from the wrong direction, uncomfortable sea states and periods of rough conditions in Minerva Reef with strong winds.
We had such a lovely passage to Fiji last year, we’d very much like to duplicate it and are willing to wait.
We are now anchored off Limestone Island, a nature reserve. It has some interesting ruins and great walks. Tim is off walking now but I’m all walked out from yesterday.
I like to exercise early. Tim likes to walk in the afternoon. Yesterday, I did both.
More later when we know more weather-wise.