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THE ADVENTURES OF S/V SERENITY AND HER CREW
Auckland
01/22/2011

Only in New Zealand are there Caution signs on the bridge to watch out for falling bungy jumpers.

Opua to Auckland
01/15/2011

Sunset from our boat, safely in her slip at Bayswater Marina. The Auckland bridge is in the background.

Opua to Auckland
01/15/2011

The Auckland Bridge. They bungy jump off the bridge!

Opua to Auckland
01/15/2011

Sherry making her log entry. We were soooo happy to have calm seas and a nice passage after our trip to NZ.

Opua to Auckland
01/15/2011

The 'Hole in the Rock' island off the BAy of Islands. They have tourist boats that supposedly zip through that hole.

Opua to Auckland
01/15/2011

November 30, 2010...... We are ready to leave Opua. We had ordered a step-down transformer and Michael (Paikea Mist) was going to help me install--but it was late in being delivered from Auckland. When we finally got the transformer, we did not have time to install it so we just loaded it on board and left for Auckland. At 10:00 am we dodged the car ferry and went down the fairway to the Bay of Islands. As we left, I noticed that we were right on the track we had made as we came in at o'dark thirty a week ago--not bad! We past a cruise ship anchored in the bay, the Pacific Pearl, and headed out to the swells of the Pacific. We had decided to do an over-nighter to Auckland, passing many great anchorages along the way. We were anxious to get repairs started on the boat so we motorsailed about 24 hours to the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland. As we approached the gulf we encountered much more boat traffic--cruise ships, tankers, container ships, coastal freighters, and numerous small boats. Another instance of how great AIS (Automatic Identification System) is occured at night between two islands on approach to Auckland, a cruise ship is heading straight for us--that 'I see both green and red lights' pucker feeling. Two miles off I called the cruise ship on VHF radio by name, advise our intentions to turn, and they call back and confirm they see us and we are past them safely. We enter the Hauraki Gulf and are off Auckland by 10:00am. We approach Bayswater Marina, contact them and they say they are all ready for us, so we head toward the marina--unsure of the entrance we go slow. "Serenity, Serenity, this is Bayswater Marina. You are in the mooring field and a shoal area--head out and enter the marina by the channel to your starboard". I look at our depth finder--0.1 feet under the keel--YIKES!! We turn to starboard and head into the channel. As we approach the channel we hit the sand bottom and plow a groove into the channel. Welcome to Auckland!

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