Wind Dancer II

21 December 2015 | Opua , Bay of Islands
13 December 2015 | Nelson Marina
16 August 2012 | Port Nelson, NZ
10 January 2011 | Golden Bay, NZ
15 September 2010 | Nelson City, New Zealand
15 September 2010 | Nelson, NZ
02 September 2010 | Nadi Waters towards Navula Passage
01 September 2010 | Nadi Waters
31 August 2010 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
30 August 2010
17 August 2010 | Vuda Point Marina

Photos coverage of Tasman Sea swells and voyage

22 December 2015

Reached the Bay of Islands

21 December 2015 | Opua , Bay of Islands
Hi everyone,

Its been a remarkable voyage here and now its pure bliss. However three days to get to Cape Reinga and then round North Cape with a roller coaster reach down the Northland Coast across Exhibition Bay in 25 knot SW while we raced along all night 6- 7.5 knots constant, a thrill.
Now its beautiful and quiet/ peaceful and such a lovely historic region to be in and explore.

Currently in Opua Marina the Beverley and I set sail around exploring various bays and anchorages from Christmas Day.


Setting sail for the North Island

13 December 2015 | Nelson Marina

David and I are near completing all preparations for departing Nelson on Tuesday 15 December.

Weather predictions look good once this SW system blows through.


Berthed in Nelson

16 August 2012 | Port Nelson, NZ
Lindsay. Fine WX
Getting ready for spring and summer racing in Tasman Bay. Can't wait to sail up to the Bay of Islands and the later, spend time cruising in the Hauraki Gulf. It's a great life !

Christmas /New Year 2010/2011

10 January 2011 | Golden Bay, NZ
Hot and fine
We sailed from Nelson on Boxing Day and set a course for Seperation Point, the well known weather boundry between Tasman and Golden Bays.
Well ,not far from Awaroa Heads it started to blow from the NW 25+ and we electected to turn back and sought shelter in Torrent Bay/Anchorage for the night. By 21.00 it was a strong northly at 30-35 knots and building, whilst at a safe anchorage. At 02.45 hrs it was gusting 45 knots + and we dragged about 75 meters and then held.
The rain was coiming in horizontal in 5 minute intervals between squalls but we held. Rebecca said it was the scarriest night..and I stayed in the cockpit on watch.

Wind abated by 08.30 28 December and then we moved to a better anchorage to dry out !.

Had a lovely evening then moterd out at 08.20 next morning and set along the Abel Taman National Park coastline clearing Seperation Point in relaxing conditions . We eventually anchorerd just to the Souh of the southern end of the two Tata Islands, interesting limetone outcrops in the lovely golden sand of Tata Beach It was there we connected with the famliy group camped just behind the beach
Saw the New Year in a memeorable style, stars, fires on the beach ,
warm temperatures, bliss.
I climbed and explored one of the islands next day,( hence the photo) .

Voyage Statistics

15 September 2010 | Nelson City, New Zealand
Lindsay / WX Clear, cool and calm , from
Well I have the figures for Wind Dancers II voyage from Fiji.

Departed marina and clearance at 11. 45 hrs Friday 3 September and arrived Nelson 0400 hrs Wednesday 15 September, 2010.

Distance : 1657 nautical miles

Time : 12 days , 7 hours, 15 minutes.

Average speed: 6.11 knots

We think that is a good effort.

My thanks go to the crew, team work was excellent and we all got on well. Overcome a number of problems with some of the systems on board, e.g.blocked toilet pipes, air in the fuel system ! No gear or sail failures which was so important when we were in in Force Four plus winds for all of the jorney.
Vessel Name: Wind Dancer II
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 36 mk 1
Hailing Port: Nelson, New Zealand
Crew: Lindsay
About: Keen sailor from TBCC, Nelson
Extra: Wind Dancer II is usually moored at the Nelson Marina
Wind Dancer II's Photos - Delight in Fiji (Main)
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Anchored at Tata Islands off Tata Beach, Golden Bay, NZ on New Years Day 2011
The sea plane landed near us while moored at Musket Cove
Musket Cove Resort. Most delightful pool
Rebecca enjoying the cool water
Shad, just give us shade,a very hot 30 dregees at 11 am !  Malolao Island
Wind Dancer II as she was during the period  of the hurrican season at Vuda Point Marina
Hurrican hole at Vuda Point
Skipper, Lindsay, enjoying a cold " Fiji Gold"  at the end of a day in paradise!
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