A sailing we will go…
Friday 7 March 2008 - Friday 7 March 2008 25 °C
New Zealand offered so much in the way of activities and scenic vistas that we’d not focused on sailing at the Bay of Islands. We’re coming down to our last days here and it seemed that our trip here would not be complete without some sailing, even if it was just a day sail. It would have to do. We found a 40ft Whiting, a boat we’ve never heard of before. Turns out it’s a locally designed boat similar to Catalinas back in the 80’s. So, the two of us and eight other soon to be newest friends boarded the boat. While it was nice to get out on the water, enjoy a little bit of snorkeling and sea kayaking, it wasn’t much of an adventure. Sure the boat was sturdy. Sure we had ~10 knots or wind with flat seas and an abundance of sunshine. Sure the skipper let me play at the helm, but the other crew on board were more interested in sunning on the foredeck than actually sailing, so Cap’n Glen kept the boat understandably reined in. Where was the rail in the water, ocean spraying over the deck? Yawn!
We stopped at a pristine beach for lunch which consisted of bread and water. Well, OK, sandwiches. This seems to be a common type lunch here in Zland. Having suspected that, we came better prepared. One bottle of Merlot and lots of chocolate. We shared the Merlot with other eager glasses, but nada on our chocolate.
Scenery from the top of the hill in our bay.
That's our boat, the one at the front.
The sail back was a little more interesting as our good skipper was talked into hoisting the spinnaker. Maybe there’ll yet be some excitement. We actually got that boat to 7.5 knots, but no spray which I’m sure would have caused hollering and howling from the crew baking up at the pointy end. It was a little more exciting. Probably the highlight of the trip was sailing by the blue penguins that were floating in the water. No dolphins, but there were some rays and Cap’n Glen claimed to have spotted a shark although I didn’t see it.
Not sure yet where we’re heading to tomorrow. It’ll be southbound toward Auckland. Only thing we know at this point is that we have to catch our flight home on Sunday evening.