Roaring Girl

The adventures of the yacht Roaring Girl wandering the seas.

12 August 2013 | Ipswich, England
17 July 2012
16 July 2012
10 July 2012
05 July 2012
03 July 2012
03 July 2012
03 July 2012
02 July 2012 | Shanghai (high up!)
02 July 2012 | Shanghai (high up!)
02 July 2012 | Shanghai (high up!)
02 July 2012
02 July 2012 | Shanghai
01 July 2012
01 July 2012 | Moganshan Lu, Shanghai

The Kapiti Coast airport

20 July 2012
Kiwis use planes like poms use trains. There are airports dotted all over the country and it’s the main way to travel between distant towns. Wellington airport sits on a narrow spit of land to the south of the city and is a busy hub. Two years ago the old airport at Paraparaumu on the Kapiti coast reopened and that’s where we flew to and from Auckland this trip.

Pip had never used it before, but Beryl had. For 11 years, when Wellington was being improved and weather strengthened, this was the busiest airport in NZ. And Beryl flew from here to start her nursing career in Dunedin, in 1952.

Now it is small but bustling, with an excellent on-site cafe. The service was simple and quick, and the plane (a 52 seater) comfortable. The flight was slightly longer than from WLG (because the plane is smaller) but the time is more than made up by the easy boarding and arrival processes. The airport is close (by taxi) to the local station with lines into Wellington, or there’s a shuttle service. We were lucky as the Mum’s taxi service took and collected us: otherwise from Upper Hutt it would mean a train into the city and out again.
Vessel Name: Roaring Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Maxi 120
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
About: Captain Sarah and Chief Engineer/Mate Pip moved on board in 2003 and finally made the break in 2006. Roaring Girl, launched in 1977, has already been round the world once, and has a lot more seamiles than the two of us put together.
Extra: These pages aim to bring you our adventures as they happen, as well as Roaring Girl's sailing prowess. And to show off Pip's silverwork as well.

Who we are

Who: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
Port: Ipswich