Auckland City Skyline
04 February 2010 | Auckland, New Zealand
The chaos continued on our way out of the Bay of Islands this week, as the expected 20 knots of wind on the nose never developed, and instead we had 15 knots of following breeze. Sometimes that can be a bad sign, as the wind gets sucked towards a deepening low and more extreme winds to come. Fortunately that did not happen, and we enjoyed about 12 hours of sunny skies before clouds, wind and rain returned just outside of Auckland. We enjoyed the company of a few other sailboats and a large pod of dolphins who danced under our bow for about 30 minutes. As the sun went down around 830pm (ain't summer grand!) we could see a front approaching from the east, and overnight winds built to 25 knots with gusts to 30. We changed our course earlier to keep us well offshore to the east so we could ride the front into Auckland rather than paralleling the shore in shallower water and taking the brunt of the wind and rain on the beam. Turned out to be a good decision as we had a relatively calm ride into Auckland overnight. Our only drama was dodging fishing boats coming out of Auckland harbor and a freighter or two coming in.
We arrived in Auckland at dawn, creeping slowly into the channel as small fishing boats sped past us on their way out to the Hauriki Gulf. We coasted up the waterfront on the flood tide, entered Viaduct Marina, located right at the foot of the downtown tourist and shopping district. We tied up right next to our good friends Dietmar and Suzanne on Carinthia.
We've spent the last several days hanging out with Wayward Wind and Carinthia, as well as meeting new friends on Lightfoot and some locals, doing typical cruiser sunset parties and dinners. Our days have been filled preparing the boat for it's voyage on Dockwise, which will take the boat to Ensenada, now scheduled for February 14th, as well as more mundane maintenance stuff.