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Reencounter with Barnes Bay

15 January 2023
Stephen and Kristina Hall
Once in the Channel the winds became erratic and light. For the last few miles we sailed next to a more modern boat that had advantages in the light winds. But Torea, the racing yacht, and Steve, well experienced, made us arrive at the Duckpond at least 15 minutes earlier than them. It turned out that one of the two guys on the yacht had taken a picture of Torea under sail, which he happily sent to us.
It was clear that we weren’t able to do much due to the wind conditions so we used the time to do some maintenance - and to dwell on thoughts. Steve managed to fix the control rod on the wind vane and also realign it after the damage it sustained from a frenzied shark attack. We are now eager to find out if the damage has been completely repaired and will try it out next time we have sails up.
I realized I was in conflict with some unconscious expectations and reality. Once I found out, I could let go and find my inner peace again. To me, one of greatest insights these days is, that letting go is a lifelong learning experience.
Quarantine Bay gave us enough of a shelter for the night 13/14 Jan. We went there, as there is a bit to explore, namely an old quarantine station. It was a nice, but short walk there. It’s well maintained with plenty of sign posts that explained the site very well. We also got an introduction by a volunteer at the site. Until then I wasn’t aware, that there is such a thing as plant quarantine stations!
The forecast said, the wind would change back to southerlies and therefore we went back to Duckpond.
Steve had talked me into buying 2 box wines (he said it was cask wine - I call it an euphemism); the wine is fairly awful and the newest running joke is how we can get rid of the red wine. I truly believe if we poured it over board, we would cause a pretty severe poisoning of the bay; as we watched a very playful seal yesterday I wouldn’t want to risk it.
In case the forecast is still the same tomorrow early morning, we will leave here and head off to Mickeys Bay.

Photo: Torea under sail
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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