The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands
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Sorry this is a bit overdue! There has been much happening to "Dave" since leaving Fiji.
It was always going to be a more testing passage than any other we had done previously and we were going late in the year as most yachts had come north to warmer climes already from New Zealand. However we spent a lot of time planning and getting the best advice we could. Some advised us against taking and some advised that with proper ...
We had a fun 4 hour boat ride today here at The Bay of Islands. We had a great time, drove through the hole in the rock, stopped on one island long enough to go for a walk and saw dolphins twice along the way. (You will have to wait for Craig's photos to see the ...
... broke down. We had to flag down another bus and get towed to the nearest 'exit' before the company sent another bus to rescue us. After that bit of drama we headed to the sand dunes to let of a bit of steam sand surfing. It was totally exhausting walking up the dunes and a serious workout, but the thrill of coming down was enough to send me up twice. Another insane view and surrounding but it really felt like we were in another country.
After that thrill, we stopped ...
The sun dropped lower on the horizon casting a golden glow on Orca as we sailed South, to the North behind us the dark band of cloud that went all the way to the sea. Finally we were out of the weather system that we had battled through for what seemed an eternity. At 130nm we were nearly there, and in calm sea conditions, then I saw them. As the sun meets the horizon there they were in the distance with the setting sun behind them, to the Northwest, the "Three Kings Islands" ...
We travelled back to Russell today as I have to have one more blood test at the Clinic and see the Doc one last time on Wednesday. Hopefully he will give me the "all clear" On our way to Russell as it was such a drizzly miserable morning we decided to have a bit of retail therapy, 1. It was in the dry! and 2. We needed to replace ...