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Chalky and Dusky Sounds

09 November 2022
Stephen and Kristina Hall
Departing Isthmus Sound there was no wind so the three yachts motored and rolled their way into Chalky Sound. Of course, the wind then decided to blow out of Chalky Sound in gusts so we continued to chug our way under engine to North Port, visible in the distance but seemingly taking forever to reach. We then explored North Port in the dinghies, fought off the sand flies and looked over the old wreck of the SS Stella.

With poor weather forecast we headed up to Lake Cove where we were to remain for about a week. Two storm warnings were in force whilst we were there but in between we were able to dinghy up the Lumaluma River and take the track to Cora Lynn Falls. Ian and I, probably out of boredom after a few days took his polypropylene dinghy up some of the rapids towards Cora Lynn Falls and then rode the small rapids down in his dinghy, giving it a few fresh scratches.

Once the storms passed we were on our way again and headed to Luncheon Cove in Dusky Sound, picking up a fine Tuna fish on route that was to feed all of us for a number of days. Luncheon Cove was to be our favourite anchorage being about the only Fiordland anchorage that was free of sand flies and had tracks ashore.

From Luncheon Cove we did a bit of a tiki tour for the next few days including a visit to Pickersgill where Captain Cook brought his ship to and then on to Stick Cove where we were to remain for a few days, except for a day trip to the end of Wet Jacket Arm with everyone aboard Sinead. With a favourable forecast on the 21 March we headed out of the Dusky Sound complex and headed north to Doubtful Sound, picking up another Tuna fish on route, thereby saving the cans of corned beef that were stored on the yacht.

Photo shows the three yachts in Precipice Cove after arrival at Doubtful Sound
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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