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Tuesday, 30 January 2014
Given the strong tidal flow in Whitianga Harbour, we timed our departure with the tides, leaving around 12:30 pm. Prior to that, we visited with a guy who is in the process of lovingly restoring an old 1940's boat, the Juanita. He and his wife have been at it for years and they are almost at the finish line. I really admire people who take on project boats - I'm not sure I would have the patience for it (or the money).
We ended up having to motor most of the 18 nautical miles to Great Mercury Island and there was a bit of a chop which made the last part of the sail less pleasant than it could have been. We dropped our hook around 4:30 pm in our favorite anchorage on Great Mercury Island, Huruhi Harbour. We love it because if you get far enough in (which we can as we have a relatively shoal draft), you are well protected from any swell and pretty well protected from most winds.
|Our temporary anchor light.|
Friday, 31 January 2014
With the winds forecast to rise to 25 knots, gusting to 35 knots, we decided to hang out on the boat. We caught up on our reading, Scott did some fishing (but with no luck) and we watched the other boats in the bay. We had a possible sighting of Fatty Goodlander on a boat from Alaska anchored near us (the same one we saw earlier in Islington Bay) - but that may have been our imaginations getting carried away.
Later in the night, we saw a poor guy single handing his boat come into the bay and try to pick up a mooring ball a number of times in the strong winds. We felt so bad for the guy, but there wasn't much we could do to help. Fortunately, he ended up picking it up in the end by tying another line onto it. I bet he was relieved to have finally gotten it and be able to take a well deserved rest. I know lots of people single hand their boats, but it is at times like this I bet you really wish you had some crew on board.
Saturday, 1 February 2014
|Crashing waves at Rocky Bay|
Sunday, 2 February 2014
|The white cliffs near Coralie Bay|
After our two walks, we ended up having a big dinner. The first course was spaghetti with red sauce followed by a completely unexpected course of scallops. More on that in another post...