12 March 2021 | Smokehouse Bay
25 January 2021 | Marsden Point Refinery
23 January 2021 | Taemaru Bay
23 January 2021 | Cavalli Isles
20 January 2021 | Monganui
05 January 2021 | Te Puna Inlet
04 January 2021 | Te Puna Inlet
27 December 2020 | Bay of Islands
25 December 2020 | Whangaruru
23 December 2020 | Tutakaka
25 May 2021 | Marsden
Chris Bates | Stormy
We went to the beach and were amazed at the changes, we have never seen the sea as high and large amount of dune had been carried off. Luckily the dune restauration and maram grass and given some protection but you can see where 'cliffs' have been carved into the dunes. This was the result of a low-pressure system northeast of New Zealand was forecast to bring very strong southeasterly winds and heavy swells for the east coast of the North Island. It developed very quickly and was described as a weather bomb which is when a depression drops 1 hectopascal (hPa) an hour for 24 hours at a latitude of 60 degrees. This is also known as 'explosive cyclogenesis'. We were lucky in Marsden and well protected although the wave buoy off the coast here was said to be recording 10m swells. Parts of the east coast were flooded with beaches and roads washed away by the sea
Up the mast
15 April 2021 | Marsden
Penny Bates | Fine
Our Lazy Jacks snapped last week and although we made a temporary repair while at anchor we had to buy some new rope to do a 'proper job'. I hate going up the mast but the job always falls to me as there is no way that I could winch Chris up! I went up yesterday but put the rope the wrong way round so had to repeat the task again today twice!
12 March 2021 | Smokehouse Bay
Penny Bates | Warm and Sunny
Planned on leaving on Tuesday but were delayed due to this and that. Weather has been good, hot in the afternoons although I still find the water rather cold. We moved anchorage yesterday intending to anchor off Smokehouse Bay but decided to 'park' ourselves a bit further up where there were less boats. Today dingy'd up to Smokehouse for a walk. I always refer to this as hot water bay (because of the availability of piping hot water) but this just confuses everyone. It has had several improvements since our last visit, there is now a pizza oven and new piling protecting the 'camp', the bathhouse however remains unchanged and a bit basic. The hot water for baths and washing (collect your own wood or replace what you use) is heated by an ancient boiler but seems very efficient. Very useful for those boaties without showers and water heating.
24 February 2021
The marquee is all set up to watch Americas cup on big screen. There is a bar (own BYO not allowed) and probably food but as UK is out of it do not think we will be going. Weather is good so going off for the week.
Email from immigration wanting a repeat Xray but will deal with that on return. We are supposed to contact immigration with updates before 2nd March but repeat Xray will not be available and police checks have not come back (they are not being mailed until 28th and will take 2 weeks to get here as it has to come by snail mail (mail very slow at the moment due to shortage of transport)
16 February 2021
We have had our medicals and sent off for the police checks, so it is just a question of waiting and hoping that follow up investigations are not required. It all seems a waste of time as the medical examination is haphazard and not very thorough (listen to heart and lungs through your clothes)
14 February 2021
Penny Bates | Overcast and windy
We have been busy since return sorting out visa applications, having medicals, blood tests and xrays. If the blood tests were anything to go by it is going to take a long time to get everyone vaccinated, very timewasting and badly organised. Anyway at least they are out of the way and will have the results next week. Nothing back from the Police checks yet but we expect them to be at least 10 days. It does not matter too much as the immigration office is in Beijing and closed for the Chinese New Year until the end of the week. We watched UK fluff the start and lose Americas Cup heats on TV yesterday will watch again this afternoon, there is more wind today so maybe they will do better.