Fly LufthansaSpending the South Pacific cyclone season in New Zealand
18-Feb-2013, Cavali Islands, 15nm north of the Bay of Islands
Nicky has been very interested in NZL2, New Zealand's high-tech catamaran for their latest America's Cup challenge. He build a Lego model from a picture in a sailing magazine, albeit with a Teutonic twist: While the orginal carries a giant "Fly Emirates" commercial on it's main sail, Nicky changed that to good old trusty Lufthansa. Who knows... we've been a bit cut off from news from Europe...perhaps the German flag carrier is indeed sponsoring another entry into the next cup...
Back where we startedSpending the South Pacific cyclone season in New Zealand
10-Feb-2013, Docked at Opua Marina, Bay of Islands
After almost two months we're now (Sunday, 10FEB) back in Opua in the the Bay of Islands. After leaving Oneroa Bay off Waheke on Wednesday, we stopped in Bon Accord Bay (Kawau Island at the northern end of the Hauraki Gulf), and then had two longish sailing days, first to Whangarei and then to Whangamumu (old whaling station), before turning the corner around Cape Brett and into the Bay of Islands on Saturday afternoon. We had a nice night at anchor off Urupukapuka Island here in the Bay (see picture above) and then came back into Opua Marina this afternoon. We plan to be here for three days to get a new bimini fitted and knock a few more odd jobs off Namani's to-do list (changing engine mounts, another fix to the windlass motor, plus some smaller stuff).
Dragonfire pizzaSpending the South Pacific cyclone season in New Zealand
05-Feb-2013, Anchored in Oneroa Bay off Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf
We changed our minds yesterday morning and rather than going back to Motuihe we went to Oneroa Bay on the northern side of Waiheke Island (still only 7nm away but quite chilly as you can see in the picture above...). While the wind was still gusting in the 30s the sun came out shortly after we dropped anchor and we had a nice little excursion to the town and beach ashore. Very reminiscent of some of the pricier weekend destinations along the New England coast in the US. What used to be little baches are now houses priced in the million NZ$ range. Very nice in any case and we enjoyed a dinner snack on the beach from the "Dragonfire" mobile pizza oven.
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