21 January 2018 | Whangarei
20 January 2018 | Langs Beach
17 January 2018 | Great Barrier
03 January 2018 | Marsden Cove Marina
31 December 2017 | Old Whaling Station
27 December 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina
26 December 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina
25 December 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina
24 December 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina
16 December 2017 | Whangarei
13 December 2017 | Whangarei
07 July 2017 | Simpson South Farm
30 June 2017
30 May 2017
30 April 2017 | Home, Simpson Cross.
30 March 2017 | Home, Simpson Cross.
27 February 2017 | Home, Simpson Cross.
27 January 2017 | Home, Simpson Cross.
25 December 2016 | Home, Simpson Cross.
02 December 2016 | Marsden Cove Marina

New Cooker

21 January 2018 | Whangarei
We bought a glass bowl convection oven that looked exactly like our old halogen oven. We were assured that we could not get halogen in New Zealand so bought this as a compromise. When we opened the instruction book it stated 'when the green light turns on the halogen starts working' so we had our halogen after all. Cooked a small roast in our new oven was very good much quicker than in the gas oven. The roast was only supposed to take 1/2 an hour and although it was well cooked by then think it would be better allowing a little longer to get it 'browned'. This is very useful as it also grills, steams and does toast, main advantage you can cook in the cockpit and not end up with an overheated cabin. Not a problem at home I know, but a major issue in the tropics!

Sunny Interval

20 January 2018 | Langs Beach
A lovely day today, an interval between the rainy days which continue into next week. We had a quick shop for veggies and then went to Langs Beach which was surprisingly uncrowded. Areas of dune are now roped off in an attempt to reinstate the natural vegetation and protect the Fairy Terns, and Dotterel which were nesting at the top of the beach. I only ventured in for a paddle as there was heavy surf and I had seen Chris knocked off his feet when he went in.

Great Barrier

17 January 2018 | Great Barrier

Escaped to Great Barrier Island for a few days. It was not as crowded as we had been led to expect so had a peaceful few days walking and swimming. The Pateke ducks were there to greet us and seemed very tame coming up on the sugar scoop in the mornings for breakfast. I’m surprised they do not all end up in duck casserole as they look as if they would be easy to catch. We again had to return to base early because bad weather promised although this time it looks as if it is going to last longer and the winds are going to be followed by heavy rain.

A bit of a blow

03 January 2018 | Marsden Cove Marina

We had 60 knt winds and were heeling even in the marina so was lucky returned in time to get the awning off and tie down the extraneous bits on deck. It was quit a struggle to walk along the pontoons.

New Year Break

31 December 2017 | Old Whaling Station

A short trip along the coast for New Year, although there was not much wind it was rather roly. We had decided to take an overnight break in Tutukaka but a few minutes in there told us we would have a very uncomfortable night so we moved on. It was just as roly in the harbour as outside so continued on to Whangaruru where we had a comfortable night. Next day we moved on to the Old Whaling Station at Whagamumu. A lovely anchorage but always rather crowded and especially so because of the New Year Break. There was a good path from the back of the beach up to the top of the hill, I was a bit nervous setting off as there was a bees nest just at the start and they seemed to be getting a bit angry with the constant stream of people passing. It was a steep climb but we made it and got some good views from the top but most of the way dense woodland (mainly manuka) prevented us seeing much. I tried out the paddleboard, I managed to stand up but was a bit wobbly. I think I need to strengthen up the right leg a bit and think it would be easier to start off in shallow water. The whaling station is just a ruin but there is a nice short walk to a waterfall but again it was crowded and the water had become quite muddy with so many people disturbing the bottom. A few years ago it was a good spot to find bits of whale bone but I think the bone hunters had exhausted the supply as I could not find any. I made a stone ‘cairn’ like the ones in the Scilly Isles. After a couple of days we returned to Whangarei as gale force winds were forecast.

Delayed departure

27 December 2017 | Marsden Cove Marina
We had intended going up the coast for a few days but weather forecast promised strong winds so have postponed trip. Has been a lovely sunny day but certainly rather windy. Had a walk around Marsden, there are many new houses now a few look rather nice but most look rather like glorified sheds
Vessel Name: Esprit de la mer
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau
Hailing Port: Milford Haven
Crew: Chris and Penny Bates
Chris Bates is a Haverfordwest GP retiring at the end of March after 28 years at Winch Lane Surgery. Penny is a nurse in outpatients at Withybush Hospital and retires at the end of June. [...]
Capt pictured here with his pet seagull says 'Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it is lovely to be silly at the right moment' and thinks it is far more important to find him a name so we are running a competition to find him a name and guess the miles he will have sailed by [...]
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