Vingilot - Auckland Islands Expedition

Vessel Name: Vingilot
Vessel Make/Model: Cavalier 45
Hailing Port: Westhaven - Auckland New Zealand
Crew: Charles Bradfield, Tom & Vicky Jackson, Kevin Beaumont, Simon Mitchell, Brendan Thompson and Thomas Bradfield
22 February 2019 | Oban
22 February 2019 | Oban
21 February 2019 | Oban
21 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay
20 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay
20 February 2019
19 February 2019 | Vingilot (Evening Cove- Stewart Island)
17 February 2019 | Vingilot (Evening Cover - Stewart Island)
16 February 2019 | Vingilot (Pickersgill Dusky Sound)
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22 February 2019 | Oban

Golf

A morning of preparation for us: Charging batteries,cleaning yacht and articals of clothing ready for the dock inspection. Washing and drying clothes. We have checked all our rat traps (well all 2 of them and they are untouched). We have been invited to the meet and greet at the local fire station for [...]

22 February 2019 | Oban

Lots of Squals

22nd February 2019

21 February 2019 | Oban

Panoramic View of Paterson Inlet

21st February 2019

21 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay

And now there are 4

21st February 2019

20 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay

Our View of Halfmoon Bay

20th February 2019

20 February 2019

Halfmoon Bay (Stewart Island

20th February 2019

Golf

22 February 2019 | Oban
Charles
A morning of preparation for us: Charging batteries,cleaning yacht and articals of clothing ready for the dock inspection. Washing and drying clothes. We have checked all our rat traps (well all 2 of them and they are untouched). We have been invited to the meet and greet at the local fire station for all the locals who are involved in the reception committee - it includes a pot luck dinner, so Vicky is doing a salad.

Kevin went ashore this morning for a walk and played a round of golf on the local golf course . Seriously good views and well worth it. But he is short 9 balls.

We are expecting Titanium to come in tomorrow morning and Motorboat II in the afternoon - They are well ahead fo the rest of the fleet and are sailing well. We fear we will miss the rest because Monday is D-day for us.

Our intention is to leave our very nice secure mooring on Monday morning and cover the 20nm to Bluff and be there by midday to pick up Simon and get our DOC inspection done - The tides are all wrong for us and we will have to negotiate the ebb tide to get in. These are spring tides and the currents will be about 4.5kts according to the chart. The weather break is as good as its going to be.

Accompanying picture of Kevin on Gold Course (a $5.00 round - serious good value)

Lots of Squals

22 February 2019 | Oban
Charles Bradfield
22nd February 2019

This is the first time I have seen Vicky sleep in. Up at 7. We have had lots of rain squalls and howling winds all day with periods of blue sky inbetween. Most of the day has been taken up with preparations. Charles went asshore and filled the gas bottle. We got the gen set out and gave the batteries a good charge - all working. Our new Mercury3.3 Hp outboard is continuing to gives us trouble and is a real challenge to get going despite Tom and Charles draining the carburettor and checking the spark plug and reducing the oil:fuel mix. I am about to call it the beast in honour of Jonny Wrays engine. Vicky has continued her intermate aquantaince with the local 4 square and has been restocking all our essential needs. Kevin has managed to do all his washing and Charles gratefully picked his up neatly dried and folded from Peter and Donnies.

Charles helped Gary unload the sailmakers sewing machine from the the Foveaux Freighter and load it onto Gary;s truck - very heavy - its got to be at least 200kg - fortunately it has been packed well in a purpose build wooden crate - not too sure how we will get this up to the community centres stairs to the make shift sail loft.

We are expecting Steve and the rest of the SSANZ members in this evening’s ferry and plan for an evening asshore.

The community has planned a number of activities associated with the RNZ yacht race. See this link for more information: https://www.ssanz.co.nz

The accompanying image is of the chess set on the lawn betwixt beach and the metropolis of Oban.

Panoramic View of Paterson Inlet

21 February 2019 | Oban
Charles
21st February 2019

This is the view from Oban of Paterson Inlet. Note the 3 islands on the right are Faith Hope and Charity. You can see the cruise ship that came into day disgorging over 400 passengers for the day on Stewart Island which effectively doubled their population. I am told that sometimes there are over 800 who visit. The Cruiseship arrived to this morning and left in the afternoon.

And now there are 4

21 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay
Charles
21st February 2019

Tom and Charles got up early and took the fuel cans to be filled with diesel so that we could have full tanks. - it took most of the morning and the unscheduled rain poured and looked set to stay. We were soaked at the end of it. Once the task was completed the sun came out and we had a lovely day.

Charles and Joy were picked up by Peter and Donnie Goomes who hoasted Matt and Charles in 2012 for a week during their stay when participating in the Round New Zealand Yacht Race.We had a lovely tea with homemade goodies and then were treated to a personal guided tour of Oban. Lunch was from the famous fish and chip shop of blue cod and chips - Charles favourite.

Joy left for Invercargill at 4pm, starting the next leg of her adventure, leaving the skipper in a rather somber mood.

Vicky has remade her acquaintance again with the Four Square and started to replenish the food stocks. We have cleaned and dried our kit and are expectantly awaiting the arrival of the Two Handed Round New Zealand Racing Fleet and having serious discussions about what the weather has in store for us later in the week. Bluff harbour has some serious tidal flow that will need to be factored in for our arrival and departure - up 7kts at extreme spring tides

Today’s Blog photo is of Joy, Peter and Donnie at the anchor chain that links Stewart Island (the anchor) to Bluff (the start of Maui’s Canoe (the South Island) and of course the North Island is the Fish that Maui hauled up.

Our View of Halfmoon Bay

20 February 2019 | Halfmoon Bay
Charles
20th February 2019
So excited about being in Halfmoon Bay - lots of great memories - Joy and I went ashore to explore - nothing seems to have changed. I managed to contact Peter and Donnie who hosted us and are going to see them tomorrow.

A view of Halfmoon Bay from out Yacht

Halfmoon Bay (Stewart Island

20 February 2019
Charles
20th February 2019

Wednesday morning dawned with lots of wind but clear skies. Joy, Vicky and Charles went ashore to explore - not for long but enough to get a lie of the land. There were few sandflies - our theory is that they are poor flyers and the wind makes it hard for them. Tom again did all the rope work and we extricated ourselves with little drama from our anchorage with serious amounts of rope on the deck. With the wind coming initially from our stern we sailed under reefed jib (later shaking the reef as the wind moderated) and did the 42nm in 5 and a half hours.

About 4nm out our cell phones started to work and suddenly the crew became distracted with information overload from the outside world. Both a welcome and unwelcome intrusion into our very yacht centric lives.

The accompanying picture is of the yacht in Evening Cove Port Pegasus looking back from our walk.
Vingilot's Photos - Main
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