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4 day trip to Mayor Island

We had a lazy morning and set out about 9am with the intention of sailing around the island and coming back to Southeast Bay for the night. But when we left the bay the water was so clear and the sea so calm we decided to work our way up the coast and visit each bay, what a wonderful way to spend the morning, we anchored in a small bay with an island in it and then go the dingy off and went off to explore the area, just stunning cliffs that were interlaced with obsidian glistening in the sunlight.

John was back in the water making up for the years he had missed out on, in not snorkelling before.

4 day trip to Mayor Island

John took some convincing that it was warm but once he was in he wouldn't get out.

Eggs on toast for tea and then outside to watch an amazing moon rise out of the ocean. It was vivid orange and seemed to erupt out of the sea..

Off to bed to dream of fish and spinnaker...

4 day trip to Mayor Island

We found Southeast Bay right where I thought it was and motored in to within about 50 meters of the beach and anchored in 6 meters of water, the bay was idyllic, native bush and bird life all around us.

I went over the side and had a look for the lure that had been dragging out behind us until we turned around to ancore, I found it wound around the propeller, I got that free and then enjoyed floating in 19.5 degree C water, watching fishes and the world go by.

4 day trip to Mayor Island

About 12:30pm still 10 miles from Mayor, a front arrived from behind us the wind went from 5 to 25 knots in about 1 second, that was all a bit much for the spinnaker and the top and bottom parted company with each other.

A bit of a frantic moment while the bottom half was retrieved and the headsail was set, the 25knt winds stayed with us all the way to Mayor so the second half of the trip didn't take nearly as long as the first.

John found the bean bag and settled down for a snooze while I kept us pointing at Mayor, the GPS kept us up to date on where we were at and it was a nice boisterous sail down wind.

4 day trip to Mayor Island

Set sail about 7:30am, not the 20 - 25knt south easterlies predicted, instead 5 - 10 knt southerlies. But still a lovely morning, outgoing tide and all was good with the world.

As we left he harbour it seemed we were not going to get very far as the wind was very light and we decided to head for Mayor Island as that is about 20 nautical miles away.

John put the spinnaker up and we were on our way.

Thistle Down was behaving beautifully and we were having a wonderful sail, the sun was shining and the sky was clear.

4 day trip to Mayor Island
17/04/2011, Bay of Plenty

Monday 17th April, John and I spent a leisurely day in Tauranga looking around the shops and visitng the art museum, then we went to the supermarket to stock up on supplies before heading out to the boat. Arrived on 'Thistle Down' at about 4pm. Put all the provisions away and settled in for the evening there was a fantastic full moon over Motuhoa Is.

Chicken curry and rice for dinner a bit of a read then off to sleep before our adventure begins.

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