21 February 2018 | Town Basin Marina, North Island, New Zealand
08 February 2018 | Town Basin Marina, North Island, New Zealand
04 February 2018 | Marsden Cove Marina, North Island, New Zealand
01 February 2018 | Motuarohia (or Roberton) Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
31 January 2018 | Opua Marina, Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
29 January 2018 | Mangahawea Bay, Moturua Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
27 January 2018 | Otaio Bay, Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
26 January 2018 | Whangamumu Harbour, North Island, New Zealand
25 January 2018 | Maroro Bay, Off Aorangi Island, The Poor Knights, New Zealand
24 January 2018 | Urquhart Bay, Mouth of Whangarei Harbour, North Island, New Zealand
21 January 2018 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
18 January 2018 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
17 January 2018 | Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, New Zealand
10 January 2018 | The Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Center, Firth of Thames, North Island, New Zealand
09 January 2018 | Seabreeze Holiday Park, Whenuakite, North Island, New Zealand
07 January 2018 | VR Rotorua Lake Resort, Mourea, North Island, New Zealand
06 January 2018 | Parkside Lodge, Napier, North Island, New Zealand
05 January 2018 | Zealandia, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
03 January 2018 | Stratford Kiwi Motels & Holiday Park, Stratford, North Island, New Zealand
02 January 2018 | Otorohanga Holiday Park, Otorohanga, North Island, New Zealand

Sorry but ready to leave Samoa

23 October 2017 | Apia Marina, `Upolu Island, Samoa
Photo: Sunrise seen from Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets on Savai´i
Although we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Samoa and could easily spend more time here, it is time to move on. We did not have a chance to visit Papase´ea sliding rocks (a natural water cascade that can be slide down between pools), to snorkel at Aganoa black sand beach, or bird-watch in the mountains at Dave Parker's Eco-Lodge and we could enjoy the people, food, and the cultural activities for many more weeks.

However, with summer approaching it is getting incredibly hot in the marina where there is relatively little breeze, the surge is getting worse (apparently the marina becomes untenable because of it by December), and, most significantly, cyclone season is just around the corner. The constant water motion makes it feel as though Tregoning is straining at her lines to be free again, so we look forward to casting off them off tomorrow (Tuesday October 24th) and heading west to Wallis.

It should be about a three-night passage to Wallis where we will hope to anchor in the lagoon for a few days before continuing southwest to Fiji (a five-night passage). Our goal, weather permitting, is to return to New Zealand by early December so our stop in Fiji will be relatively brief but it will give us a taste of what to expect when we return the following winter.

Visiting Wallis should be an interesting experience because other than checking-in and -out at the Gendarmerie and purchasing baguettes, we are not sure about how much interaction we will have with the locals. We will have to polish-up our French because very little English is spoken there. We are also not sure if we will get internet access there, so it may be a couple of weeks before I can post the yet-to-be-written blog-entries about our tours of Samoa's ´Upolu and Savai´i Islands.

One of the many ornate churches on Savai´i

Anyway, we would highly recommend Samoa as a place to visit and while we are a bit sad to be leaving such a beautiful, friendly country behind, we are looking forward to our next adventure. Sailing in cooling sea-breezes and, hopefully, less-jerky sea-motion is also looking pretty appealing too...
Vessel Name: Tregoning
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan Classic 41
Hailing Port: Gainesville, FL
Crew: Alison and Randall
About: We cast-off from Fernandina Beach in north Florida on 1st June 2008 and we have been cruising on Tregoning ever since. Before buying Tregoning, both of us had been sailing on smaller boats for many years and had worked around boats and water throughout our careers.
Extra: “Tregoning” (rhymes with “belonging”) and is a Cornish word (meaning “homestead of Cohnan” or “farm by the ash trees”) and was Alison's mother’s middle name. Cornwall is in southwest England and is where Alison grew-up.
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