Well its been a long journey with not many miles covered. Its been a lot larger project to get Allora ready for offshore than envisioned. Then not long after my father was in hospital my mother was admitted in critical condition; she's surviving (just). So after a bit of time at the hospital in Christchurch, I rushed back to Wellington, threw the last things on the boat. Ted and I headed off with the plan to capture the forecast change from E to SE by the time we got to Cape Palliser, giving enough time to get past the inhospital Wairarapa coast before the forecast 35 knot southerly arrived. After bashing into the wind for a day at a third our usual speed, it was apparent that this plan wasn't going to work, so returned to Seaview with tail between the legs. However, all time on the water is a valuable learning experience - the boat (where did that dampness in the fwd berth come from?), yourself (yes I threw up for the first time ever on Allora), and the weather, always the weather. The Cape Horn wind steering (non-electric autopilot) also worked really well on its first serious workout. So at this stage, getting into cold and very variable winter weather we've canned the offshore trip. As for next year - who knows. At least we have Allora well setup for more coastal sailing now.
Great to see Mirabilis (also from Mana) is about to clear Cape Reinga after their own little adventure. (Mahi on YIT also tells a great story.)
At Seaview Marina finalising preparations while waiting for weather window north.
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On our way to Seaview
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