Sat Mar 23 7:45 2019 NZDT
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
47 03.63s 168 10.21e

We moved to a nice anchorage in Port Adventure that?s called Abraham?s Bosom or Redsand Cove depending on where we look. There?s a mooring buoy in the middle of the most ideal anchorage area but there?s still room around the edges. A tale of two abalone: Yesterday morning at low tide, while we were still in Lords River, we took the dinghy to a kelp bed. I took off my jacket and shirt, put on my mask, and was able to get two abalone by just hanging my head and arms over the front of the dinghy (Cyndi sitting on my legs as a counter balance). What a dinner! This place is paradise!

Fri Mar 22 8:45 2019 NZDT

We were expecting some wind last night so we tucked into a spot the Mana Cruising Guide for Stewart Island calls ?The Nook?. We had some shallow water getting here but we anchored (and as usual, tied back to a line already here) in 17 feet of water (5 meters). It?s another great spot. For future reference of those using YIT?s incredible Destination Planner, I?ll say that The Nook is a Stewart Island must-do.

The sun came out yesterday in it was warm! We sat around in tee-shirts and shorts... And bug spray, although they don?t seem to like the sun. When it comes out, they disappear. It got to 77f in the cabin (25C). It was like being back in Fiji again! Well, I guess it wasn?t quite that warm.

We might move on to Port Adventure today. The name certainly sounds intriguing.

Thu Mar 21 7:36 2019 NZDT
Run: 22nm (39.8km)
47 06.304s 168 07.759e

We moved from Port Pegasus to Lords River, about 12 miles east. What can I say... another day, another beautiful bay. A beautiful bay with a bonus: as we were coming in, we slowed down to talk to three guys on a little tinny. They asked if we'd been getting any fresh fish. "No, we're not doing very good in the fishing department" I said. "How'd you like a feed? When you get settled, I'll bring you some fish. We've got tons!" And an hour later, he dropped off a bag of trumpeter and two abalone (don't know how to spell paua?) Wow, what a dinner. People are so nice here!!! I love you New Zealand!

Wed Mar 20 8:27 2019 NZDT
Run: 0.7nm (1.3km)
47 10.377s 167 40.306e

Yesterday started with heavy cloud cover and some fog that turned into a glorious, sunny afternoon. We took the dinghy across this little bay (twice) to find Smuggler?s Cove. Our first pass was unsuccessful. After reviewing satellite images, we went on another search. First, we found a great cave. I thought that was it. Cyndi said it didn?t match the pictures she?d seen. Then, around the corner, we saw the opening. Wow, what an amazing little keyhole bay (well, pond, really). Inside a narrow opening, there?s a sand beach, all flanked by 15 meter tall vertical rock walls and covered by trees growing over the top.

Back at our bay, there were two big pinnipeds relaxing on the beach. (I say pinnipeds because our id skills are somewhat lacking. We think they were NZ sea lions. Once we have internet again, we can use the thousands of pictures we?ve taken of them to make a more exact id.) Another dropped by to swim around our boat for a few minutes. The background music was a beautiful chorus of bird song. Yep. Doesn?t suck to be us right now!

Tue Mar 19 6:36 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.1nm (2km)
47 10.85s 167 39.85e

Another day, another beautiful bay ? what we saw of it, that is. We mostly had an indoor, rain day in pretty constant drizzle. Our heater is getting a pretty good workout here, but it?s keeping us toasty and warm.

Note on the bay: there?s room to swing here. There is a buoy that can be used to pull your boat closer to shore, but with the way the sandflies have been the last couple of days, we decided not to use it. We?re anchored in about 4 meters with what seems like good holding.

Mon Mar 18 7:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 2.5nm (4.5km)
47 11.758s 167 40.141e

We?re anchored off a tiny but beautiful white sand beach in about 4 meters of clear water. So far, of the five nights we?ve been here, all but one time we?ve had to stern-tie to a buoy, line or tree or stern anchor. The water is pretty deep and the bays we?ve been in are pretty small. Most of the time, there are lines with buoys on them that you can tie to. Here, we had to put out a stern anchor. Up until yesterday, we didn?t think bugs were a problem. Yesterday, the sand flies appeared. We are each nursing a couple of itchy bites. This must be unusual here as someone even said something about it on Meri Leask?s radio net (Bluff Fishermans Radio).

We?re off to explore the north arm of Port Pegasus today. Happy travels, boat work and sailing everyone.

Sat Mar 16 8:24 2019 NZDT
Run: 2.6nm (4.7km)
47 12.371s 167 37.070e
Weather: Wind still. Barometer still 2021 steady.

We?re still way down in Port Pegasus, about thirty miles south of Oban. We saw one yacht leaving the area as we entered the other day. They?d been here for five weeks (Night Music). There are a couple of people in tinnies camping about two miles north of here. And of course, the one fishing boat that threw a crawfish into our cockpit. Literally. He told me to stand back and made a perfect toss. I tried to call Meri Leask from Bluff Fishermans Radio but couldn?t get through. We really are totally isolated.

Yesterday, right after we anchored where we are now, we threw some less-than-fresh blue cod to what we think was a fur seal. She was skeptical at first, and kept her distance. Then she smelled it and came in to investigate and chow down. After that, she was our best friend. She put on the most amazing acrobatic swimming display right next to our boat. It went on for an hour or so. We giggled, oooh?d and aaah?d the whole time. We got some video that we?ll post when we can.

This place where we?re anchored/tied up now is really beautiful. Then again, all the places we?ve been here are really beautiful. We?re using the Mana Cruising Guide for Stewart Island but it?s not great. It seems there are a lot of places here the author hasn?t visited. It does give us a starting point so we still view it as essential. The Navionics charts aren?t great for this area either. According to them, we crossed over an island yesterday. It wasn?t even bumpy. I?m glad I made satellite charts and it?s so handy to be able to display them on our chartplotter (Navico brands).

Fri Mar 15 8:36 2019 NZDT
Run: 3nm (5.4km)
47 14.606s 167 37.123e
Weather: Wind still. Barometer 2021 steady.

Wow. I?m tempted to leave it at that, but... We?re anchored/stern tied in Disappointment Cove and it?s not at all. It?s beautiful. We took an arduous hike over the hill to the furthest south white sand beach in NZ. Beautiful. There were NZ sea lions (we think that?s what they were) on the beach and they didn?t seem to care too much about us. The hike was mostly a game of ?which way do you think the trail goes?? and we?re sore today. Later in the evening, we had a sea lion playing under Legacy. It?s cold here and I play ?the air is acid? every morning ? trying to keep all my skin under blankets to escape the ?acid? cold. Cyndi ran up to turn on the heater this morning. Much appreciated. It does warm up during the day. We had an hour of sitting in the cockpit in tee-shirts yesterday afternoon.

Tue Mar 12 16:45 2019 NZDT
Run: 177.6nm (321.5km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 76.6nm
47 13.889s 167 33.471e
Weather: Can?t comment on the weather as it seems to change every few minutes, with the one consistency so far being COLD.

We made it: Port Pegasus on Stewart Island!!! We had a really nice downwind passage (if you don?t count the brutal beat to get out of Otago Harbour and the two hours we spent beating the final 5 miles into Port Pegasus when the wind turned noserly!). At times the wind got to 33 knots, but with it behind us, it was still very pleasant.

I?ve heard from life-long cruisers that this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I guess that?s not a first impression type thing. It?s pretty but so are so many other places we?ve been. We?ll see if this grows on us ? and give it every opportunity to do so.

Congratulations on making it to Stewart Island! You are now about as far south as we are north - no wonder it is cold! Next stop - Ross Dependency? Hope you enjoy your stay! Won’t be long and it will be time to start thinking about heading north - where to this year? (Or, will it be too early to ask until you get wherever it is?) TTFN!
Sun Mar 10 9:08 2019 NZDT
Run: 8.1nm (14.7km)
45 47.609S 170 39.168E

After 28 days in Dunedin, we are finally on the move again. We left the marina on high tide and motored a little over half way out the 12 mile channel where we'll anchor for the night. Tomorrow, we're off to Stewart Island.

Cyndi said that she feels like a fan worm that attached itself to Dunedin and has now been set adrift. We really did get attached to the place. It's a wonderful place to stay for a while.

Mon Feb 11 13:08 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.2nm (2.2km)
45 52.304S 170 31.610E

We're all tied up at the Otago Yacht Club and have had our first excursion into Dunedin. It looks like we'll be very comfortable here for the next week or two - until we get a weather window to sail to Stewart Island.

Oh well done guys, soooo cool to see you there. Hope you have a great time. Looking forward to seeing where you get to......
Sun Feb 10 16:51 2019 NZDT
Run: 193.7nm (350.6km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142nm
45 52.82S 170 30.38E

What a welcome we received on our entry into Dunedin Harbor (Otago Harbor). The crew of a dredge all gave us a great big wave while they honked their horn, albatross circled and seals swam by. The 12 mile ride up into the town basin was beautiful and at the dock, we were greeted by 10 local kids doing synchronized, wave-style back flips into the water. Barry, the manager from the Otago Yacht Club was here to show us our temporary spot for the night and help us tie up. We'll move into the club's basin tomorrow morning. We already love this place!

Sat Feb 9 8:06 2019 NZDT
Run: 4.6nm (8.3km)
43 36.166S 172 48.364E
Weather: Wind 5 WSW, Seas 1 to 2 meters confused

After a really nice stay at the beautiful new marina in Lytelton, we're off, bound for Dunedin.

Fri Feb 1 10:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 357.4nm (646.9km)
43 36.27S 172 42.91E

After 300 miles and change and two days and change, we're in Lyttelton, near Christchurch, way down here in the roaring forties! It's a brand new marina that doesn't even show up on Google Maps yet. We'll hang out here for a while and from there, who knows what we'll do???

Wed Jan 23 22:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 83nm (150.2km)
39 29.015s 176 53.512e

We made it to Napier and had a wonderful greeting at the Napier Sailing Club. It made up for the last 6 miles, beating into 27 to 30 knots. It's so nice to be in. We'll stay here for a week or so before heading to the South Island.

Hi guys Yes Napier has a remarkably active yacht club. Lovely to see where your heading. Good luck with castle point, it can be challenging 😃 don’t know if you know the guys from Just Jane but they are headed to Nelson also, nice couple, we spent new year with them. We are heading back to Waitangi for Waitangi Day seeing as we have never been there on the day as it were. Sail safe John and Maria
Sun Jan 20 7:22 2019 NZDT
Run: 316.6nm (573km)
38 40.21S 178 1.82E

We made it to Gisborne on our half-hearted quest to circumnavigate the South Island. We might leave as early as tomorrow, bound for Napier.

Hi Guys, We're getting ready to sail back to NZ...Nelson / Picton or maybe Bluff if weather is favorable ! May we ask you for some details about your bad experience check-in in Opua earlier this year. (spirare@live.ca) Regards, Sergio

Okay, my bad - I neglected to check the blog! Ticked that box now, and we are fully caught up! Cheers! B&L

Glad to finally see a post from you guys; we were about to resort to something drastic, like an e-mail, to see what you have been up to! So how come the quest is now only half-hearted? Sounds like you might need something to perk up things a bit - like maybe a trip to the States? Okay, that thought will surely perk up your South Island quest! Sail safe! B&L

Legacy - Still in Suva

We're still in Suva, but we have a plan. We are hoping to leave for New Caledonia on Wednesday. From there, Nelson or somewhere in Australia, who knows. -Rich

Legacy - Sitting in Suva

Cyndi and I are sitting in Suva, waiting for weather to sail to Nelson, NZ. You can find out more about what we're up to on our blog at www.twoatsea.com.