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LONG WHITE CLOUD
Paula and Stephen Pepperell sail the world on their 45' Herreshoff mobjack Ketch 'LONG WHITE CLOUD'. Over the past six years. Long White Cloud has proven to be a fast yet comfortable cruising yacht and is custom built of New Zealand Kauri.
Home coming...
Paula
21/11/09, Bayswater Marina, Auckland

We couldn't have wished for a better home coming. As we sailed down the coast and into Auckland our family was on North Head along with a huge banner which said 'WELCOME HOME LONG WHITE CLOUD'.
After we turned the corner into the jaws of the usual south west wind, we hurriedly dropped sails, put on sail covers, dressed 'CLOUD' in her celebratory flags and prepared ourselves for a docking surrounded by family and friends.
That only upped the excitement levels with Stephen hoping he wasn't going to duff the maneuver with everyone watching. All went well and it was champagne all round...a very big day.

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Sailing along nicely
Paula
12/11/09, South Pacific Ocean

We are still out here! Sailing along at good speed, slightly off course due to the direction of the wind. We have 56 nm to go and should be in at the dock tomorrow morning. The temperature is very cool now, with the water temperature only 15.8 degrees. I think those scallops are going to be store bought! We are enjoying seeing the bird life that characterises New Zealand's waters especially the inquisitive Albatross that gracefully glides over the water and circles the yacht looking directly at us as if questioning our presence here.

The bubbles are chilled and waiting in the fridge for our arrival home.

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Head winds again...
Stephen
12/11/09, South Pacific Ocean

Just when we thought we would arrive Thursday night the wind has swung back to the south, south west so we will have to tack the rest of the trip. This will push our ETA out to Friday morning. 95 miles to go. This will be the last 100 miles of a 40,000 plus mile 8 year so what the heck...

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