New Zealand Weather: “A Mix of Patterns and Chaos”
29 January 2010 | Russel
Those words, spoken by local weather guru Bob McDavitt, were never more true than today. Rina and I have been watching buoyweather and gribs from the local metvuw weather service and that big red blob was heading north, right before it decided to turn west enough to put 35-35 knots right on our nose as we planned to head towards Auckland this morning. So we find ourselves waiting for the blob to pass before heading to Auckland on Sunday morning. Of course, that could change tomorrow morning too... the upside? I get to play another gig with Roger and Bobbie Joe at a small festival in Russel this afternoon.
We took advantage of the brisk 15-25 knot winds today to give the new rudder a good thrashing and she worked great, highlighting only our rusty gybing skills. 3 hours got us all the way out to the mouth of the bay, where we experienced 2 meter short period swells, putting anything loose down below straight onto the cabin sole. The proverbial "shake down" cruise...