Riada II Adventures

Gidday from Auckland - where its freezing!

30 November 2012
Yes, we've made it back home to wonderful New Zealand.

Before we left Noumea we became tourists for an afternoon and explored the Noumea Aquarium and were fascinated by the nautilus and archer fish. And then our New Caledonia friends Claude and Lucie hosted us for a wonderful three course lunch at their apartment the day before we left - so spolit!

The day we left Claude and Lucie came to help us provision and ferried us about Noumea - which we were so grateful for - and then gave us a 'family' farewell from the fuel dock.

The four of us - Dave and crew of Lance, Keith and Carolyn - then made it back in just 6 days and 6 hours, enjoying an easy, quiet passage with light winds which suited us all just fine :-). The only excitement was when Dave, Lance and Keith caught an albacore tuna each (we are still enjoying tuna on board). We were delighted to see a huge pod of dolphins as we neared the NZ coast and then an albatross or two swung by to check us out.

As Keith hadn't been in the area before we came in close to the entrance to Wangaroa Harbour and then tacked our way through the Cavallis and down to Nine Pin and the Bay of Islands.

We arrived in Opua to find Norm and Beth of Sarah Jean II there to greet us, as well as Rob and Margie of Wind Star and Patrick and Agnes of Confiance. Patrick and Agnes had left Noumea just before us and came to the aid of Freedom Hunter on their way here - true heroes.

Keith and Lance left us in Opua (thank you Keith and Lance for joining us and helping us get home) and then we took our time coming down the coast to Auckland via our favourite spots. Dave got in the water in the BOI to shoot us a butterfish and harvest mussels and then I was brave enough to get in the water in Whangamumu where Dave got us some paua - yumm!

Its wonderful being back and catching up with treasured famly and friends, but its freezing! We look forward to it being summer from tomorrow.

Once we know what we are doing for the rest of 2012 and 2013 we'll update you all...
...In the meantime, have a wonderful Xmas and New Year with your family and friends - or cruising whereever you are (and if you are in New Zealand please make sure to contact us!).

Lots of love
Carolyn and Dave
(photo is of the crew Dave, with his crew Lance, Keith and Carolyn )

photo - Lance gets to know his albacore

29 November 2012
Lance puckers up for...albacore

photo - Dave cuts down the tricolour

29 November 2012
Reluctantly we cut down our last coutesy flag for 2012

Bonjour from Noumea - yes we are back

12 November 2012
We returned to Noumea yesterday (via a little island called Ilot Signol for the day). It’s a little earlier than planned as our weather dependent departure time has been brought forward. This is because one of our two crew, Keith, has been able to change his flights and now arrives on Thursday (rather than Saturday). And so we will be able to sign Lance and Keith on at Immigration, clear Customs, provision etc etc on Friday, which is wonderful. It means that if the weather window is right we can leave any time from Saturday onwards.

For the previous few days we had been anchored in a bay north of Noumea (on New Caledonia’s west coast) called Baie Maa, in front of a “Broussard” farm. We thought we were in Australia – dry, barren, gum trees, cactus, flamboyant trees, sheep and the occasional deer, behind a white sand beach with a few mangroves and an aquamarine sea. But that’s not surprising, as we have discovered that New Caledonia was originally part of Gondwanaland with Australia and New Zealand etc.. And then New Z and New C cleaved off at the same time, and later parted company themselves. Lucky New C ended up with all the rich mineral deposits and the warmer climes ☺.

The highlight of being in the bay would have to have been meeting a lovely ‘Caledonie’ couple who have spent their life as teachers working between New Caledonia and France, and have now retired here. Claude and Lucie were spending a week exploring the area in their boat, and two fitter 72 and 69 year olds you couldn’t hope to meet – walking, swimming and rowing every day. At first they were reluctant to try their English and we our French, but after a couple of hours we were communicating like old friends. And on Thursday we will visit them here in Noumea.

While in the bay we persuaded Claude and Lucie to come with us to find the farmer, who we had spied putting a net out onshore one evening. We certainly found Allan, in a little, old dwelling behind the beach. He was no longer managing the farm – his daughter is – but he shared with us (via Claude and Lucie) the history of the farm and his family. His French grandfather had settled on the land in 1878 and they’d been eking a living from it ever since. He was proud to tell us that his family now included Kanak and Taiwanese blood.

He also explained that they don’t actually farm the deer. Half a dozen Russa deer were introduced to NC last century and have become a pest – destroying the land. We often heard gunshot as the farmers try to get rid of them. We would have loved the chance for Dave to join them and bring home some venison ☺!

Okay, until we leave Noumea for home,
Au revior
Carolyn and Dave
(photo is of Carolyn with Lucie and Claude during a walk on the farm)

photo - Ilot Signol

11 November 2012
a lovely spot in the Southern Lagoon for a day trip

photo - Dave and the girls at the farm

11 November 2012
Dave, Lucie and Carolyn on the farm at Baie Maa
Vessel Name: Riada II
Vessel Make/Model: Davidson 46
Hailing Port: Auckland, New Zealand
Crew: David Cornish and Carolyn Hobson
About: David is the wind warrior, provider and most resourceful man of the sea, while Carolyn is the provisioner, co-chef and "Nurse Hobson"
Extra: We decided life's too short to work while young enough to sail the world. Our first voyage last year took us to Tonga and Fiji. This year we are returning to Fiji and then on to Vanuatu. Our departure date (weather permitting) is May 12th.
Riada II's Photos - Main
Dave, John, Brett and Jo had rough times and great times - especially at South Minerva Reef with the other members of the South Minerva Social Club: Migration and Guava Jelly
1 Photo
Created 12 June 2012
'No shoes Dave', Carolyn, Brett and Jen returned to visit the Loaloa family near the Dakuniba Pass, where the yacht 'Touche' was tragically lost
5 Photos
Created 7 June 2012
Dave's sons Liam and Matt and their friend Chris, joined us to explore the Yaswas
38 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
Dave's sister Sandy and his nieces Alice and Michaela joined us, and we took them to some of our favorite places
43 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
Dave and his son Matt, and friend Chris had a memorable trip home, catching superb fish along the way
6 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
For Carolyn it was a return to her home of six years, for Dave it was an insight into Carolyn's childhood
8 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
With the Gromits and Solarans we sailed Bligh Water, bound for Lautoka
6 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
Naigani Island was just as the brochures present Fiji to be
8 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
Levuka was all we had hoped - historic and quaint
12 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
We loved Makogai - its history as the leper colony, its marine reserve status, and its new focus as a clam breeding centre and turtle sanctuary. And here we met our new cruising partners: the wonderful families on the good ships Gromit and Solara
5 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
We felt very privileged to be allowed access to the northern islands of the Lau Group
15 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
We were lucky enough to find where 80 year-old turtles had been laying their eggs for centuries. We only hope they don't get hunted to extinction
7 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
We loved the cruisers' facilities and town of Savusavu
6 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
Our family and friends gathered to farewell us on our great adventure
25 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
The RRR Club was no more! We discovered Budd Reef, returned to Qamea, discovered Taveuni and headed for Savusavu to meet Sandy and girls. On the way we caught a marlin and donated it to the Loaloa family
10 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
The RRR Club loved the people of Rabi Island - in fact we loved it so much we came back again with Sandy and the girls (see later)
32 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
With our crew of Terry and Bronwyn we sailed with the RRR Club to Savusavu, Fiji
5 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
The RRR Club journeyed to the acclaimed Vavau'u Islands
9 Photos
Created 15 May 2012
The RRR Club journeyed through the Haapais and were privileged to swim with magnificent humpback whales and their calves
36 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
We entered the smallest harbour in our world and donated Dave's marlin to the people of Eua
9 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
We rested up off Big Mamas Yacht Club and here we met Relapse and Ruby-June and formed the RRR Club
3 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
Our friends from Relapse and ourselves were driven by the wonderful Wesley to see Tongatapu's highlights
16 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
We celebrated our successful journey with a roast chicken dinner, red wine and a lot of laughs
4 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
Dave fought the magnificent black marlin for 2.5 hours, and then it took the crew another 1 hour to land it
4 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
We joined the inaugral flotilla from Big Mummas Yacht Club to celebrate the (now deceased) King's birthday in cruising style
7 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
South and North Minerva Reefs provided a wonderful exciting respite on our way to Tonga.
6 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
The 2011 New Zealand-Tonga passage included crew of Master Dave, 1st mate-in-training Carolyn, the terrible twins of John and Tony, and the Croc-wearing Aussie, Kevin
7 Photos
Created 14 May 2012

Riada II Adventures

Who: David Cornish and Carolyn Hobson
Port: Auckland, New Zealand