Thu Feb 4 18:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 41 17.3309s 174 46.9576e
Run: 234.5nm (424.4km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 106.8nm

Finally arrived sound, safe but tired, in Wellington. After two very nice days on passage, we've been welcomed by one of these blowing day in welly and it took us 12 long hours since Cape pallisser, fighting against wind and tide.

Thank you all for following us!

Tue Feb 2 13:18 2016 NZDT
GPS: 39 0.1s 178 03.722e
Run: 22.9nm (41.4km)
Weather: N 7kts. Blue sky.

We'll, one has to go back home at some stage...

Left Gisborne this morning, hoping to be in Wellington by Thursday afternoon.

Sun Jan 31 9:50 2016 NZDT
GPS: 38 40.269S 178 1.748E
Run: 188.5nm (341.2km)

we haven't been giving many updates lately sorry.

We couldn't call in to Tairua as we had been advised not to try and pass the bar on that day -just as we were by the entrance. So we chose to head straight to Mayor Island and anchor for the night. At least we got to have a last swim there and a good walk up to the crater -great.

We left Friday 1400, heading to Gisborne. First leg across Bay of Plenty was fine, a bit of motor sailing in 10kts apparent wind.

It took us 24h to reach East Cape and from then we had the S wind bang in the nose to go down. But we eventually made it. Arrived this morning in the rain, led by a pod of dolphins (and some babies!).

We'll probably stay here tomorrow, getting some rest and leaving for the final leg on Tuesday.

Wed Jan 27 9:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 36.300s 175 46.817e
Run: 12.9nm (23.3km)

We moved this morning back to Mercury island to get some much needed shut eye.

Will leave tomorrow for Tairua.

Tue Jan 26 18:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 36.109s 175 32.824e
Run: 10.1nm (18.3km)

Quite a day yesterday... We've seen the two sides of a cape, like the two sides of a coin: on the west coast of the coromandel, sea slight, 8 knots of true wind SW, and very hot; on the east side, two meters easterly swell courtesy of former cyclone Victor, 15 to 20 knots of SE wind, a very bumpy ride.

We've chosen our anchorage terribly, sheltered from the wind but the swell curling around made it a horrible, sleepless night...

Mon Jan 25 19:20 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 43.094s 175 26.131e
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)

Anchored for the night in ngohitanu bay, west coromandel. Good to be back to less crowded, less fancy places.

Mon Jan 25 14:20 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 49.372s 175 25.558e
Run: 17.7nm (32km)

A stop on the way in this nice bay, "the most picturesque in the coromandel says the cruising guide. Nice indeed.

Sun Jan 24 19:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 50.327s 175 06.367e
Run: 3.7nm (6.7km)

Very nice and sunny day. Went to pick up a friend at the Auckland-waiheke ferry, spent few hours anchored by the beach then dropped her again, and sailed our way to awaawaroa (yes that the right spelling) bay. Perfect 10 to 15 knots, Antipodes sailing herself on a beam reach.

The bay is pretty nice, very wide and shallow -you can anchor pretty much anywhere in 4m.

We'll start heading back tomorrow...

Sat Jan 23 15:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 49.225s 175 02.569e
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)

After yet another pit stop in half moon bay marina to fix an issue you do not want the details of, we're back on track.

Anchored by waiheke island. Beautiful afternoon, it's so warm over here! The BBQ will be on tonight!

Thu Jan 21 19:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 47.239s 174 53.249e
Run: 5.5nm (10km)

After a pit stop for 2h in viaduct harbour(!) that made us feel very small, we sailed out of Auckland and are anchored between rangitoto and motutapu islands. Nice!

Wed Jan 20 16:49 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 43.168s 174 56.452e
Run: 21.7nm (39.3km)

Arrived in west bay, rakino island, after a gentle sail: we've taken it slow doing 3 to 4 knots in 8 knots of wind.

Another nice island with some fancies houses...

Sun Jan 17 19:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 25.141s 174 49.5e
Run: 28.6nm (51.8km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125.2nm

Arrived in stockyard bay, kawau island. Will wait here for the bad weather to pass tomorrow.

Quite few more houses than in great barrier...

Sun Jan 17 13:31 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 10.620s 175 14.530e
Run: 5.1nm (9.2km)

Leaving Great barrier island after 3 great days. En route to kawau island.

Fri Jan 15 16:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 11.955s 175 19.812e
Run: 0.4nm (0.7km)

Just moved up to smokehouse bay. Yet another beautiful afternoon.

Thu Jan 14 16:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 12s 175 20.277e
Run: 6.6nm (11.9km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.9nm

Arrived in Waihari bay, great barrier island. Quite a nice sail, went inner passage of the Pig islands. The bay is sheltered and beautiful. Life's sweet

Thu Jan 14 14:14 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 17.644s 175 21.568e

Off to port Fitzroy on a beam reach.

We don't often have phone coverage which is why our updates are a bit sporadic.

Wed Jan 13 14:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 17.644s 175 21.568e
Run: 7.2nm (13km)
Weather: E 15kts. Cloudy.

On our way to Fitzroy. Quite cloudy but very nice sail on a beam reach.

Tue Jan 12 16:00 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 19.154s 175 29.128e
Run: 25.7nm (46.5km)

Anchored in shoal bay, tryphena harbour. Sheltered from SW wind, but the slightest SW turns the place to a rocky nightmare. Thought I was going to get sea sick while laying at anchor!

Mon Jan 11 15:02 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 36.355s 175 46.763e
Run: 15.7nm (28.4km)
Weather: NE 10 kts. Rain.

Anchored in parapara bay on Mercury island. The place looks lovely but the rain just started making our will to go for a walk vanish. Quite crowded too, 3 others yachts and one launch have arrived after us!

Sat Jan 9 21:26 2016 NZDT
GPS: 36 49.859S 175 44.355E
Run: 43.6nm (78.9km)

Anchored in Cook 's bay, whitianga, beautiful evening

Thu Jan 7 19:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 18.385s 176 15.499e

Arrived in mayor island, anchored in SE bay, very nice anchorage, quite sheltered. Spent the day there, terrible weather...

Thu Jan 7 19:30 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 18.385s 176 15.499e
Run: 115.8nm (209.6km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147nm

Arrived at mayor island at 19:30. Anchored in SE bay, very nice anchorage, well sheltered.

Thu Jan 7 0:36 2016 NZDT
GPS: 37 29.506s 178 21.31e
Run: 51.4nm (93km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 102.1nm

Had a nice bout sailing for few hours before dark. And then engine back on...

Wed Jan 6 12:31 2016 NZDT
GPS: 38 14s 178 25.941e
Run: 61.9nm (112km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.3nm

Got to sail a bit this morning. It was nice to shut the engine off for a time, bit now it's back to variable 10, no way to sail

Wed Jan 6 0:10 2016 NZDT
GPS: 39 04.716s 178 03.323e
Run: 50.9nm (92.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.5nm

Very little wind, bang in the nose (N)

Tue Jan 5 13:24 2016 NZDT
GPS: 39 21.109s 177 10.359e
Run: 17.4nm (31.5km)
Weather: Morning clouds are clearing, variable 5 lnots

Left Napier at 10.30. Motoring our way in variable 5 knots.

Sat Jan 2 13:50 2016 NZDT
GPS: 39 29.1435s 176 53.7525e
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)

Waiting for a weather window to leave... Probably on Tuesday

Sat Dec 26 12:00 2015 NZDT
GPS: 39 29.03s 176 53.5e

Arrived in Napier after 42h. Mainly motor sailing downwind.

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