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Stewart Island to Fiordland

08 November 2022
Stephen and Kristina Hall
The forecast for 27 February 2022 sounded excellent for the passage through Foveaux Strait with an easterly wind of 15kn forecast for the Strait. Maristella being the smallest and slowest was the first to depart around mid morning for the 95nm passage to the anchorage at Isthmus Sound. Sinead and Torea left around noon and soon Torea was enjoying a slow sail up the East Coast of Stewart Island in a light breeze.

As the afternoon wore on the three yachts were off the north of Stewart Island and into Foveaux Strait proper doubting the forecast 15kn of easterly. The wind was steadily building and was soon sitting close to 30kn so the sail areas were reduced accordingly. It was a rugged passage through the Strait with the wind sometimes sitting over 30kn so there was little sleep as we all converged towards Puysegur Point.

Not wanting to head into the Fiords whilst it was dark we reduced the sails to slow us down to time our arrival for first light. Instead, as we neared Puysegur Point and started to head more northerly, the easterly faded quickly and it was on with the engine for the last few hours to Isthmus Sound anchorage where we all met up again. We had arrived in Fiordland with no damage or breakages to the yachts but the sand flies had smelt fresh blood and were upon us in no time, intent on some fresh blood.

The next two days were spent leisurely catching up on sleep, telling tall stories of our adventures through Foveaux Strait to each other and exploring the anchorage before we took a day trip to Otago's Retreat for a walk along the track to Puysegur Point.

Photo shows Torea in Foveaux Strait with a scrap of sail in about 30kn
Comments
Vessel Name: Torea
Vessel Make/Model: Bill Couldrey
Hailing Port: New Zealand
Crew: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Extra: Torea was launched in 1966 as an offshore racing yacht. She was designed by Bill Couldrey and built by Keith Atkinson in triple diagonal kauri. Torea competed and finished in the 1969 Sydney Hobart race.

Who: Steve Hall and Kristina Herzogenrath
Port: New Zealand