Monday, 16 March 2020

Home and dry

We are both back home, in the nick of time it feels. Spring is on it's way and today's blue skies and sunshine feel just what the country needs after an unprecedented few days, with more unknowns to come.

We and the family are well, and we are thankful for a wonderful time in NZ.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Wednesday evening racing, Auckland Harbour

Goodbye to great friends

Gorm, Paul, Debra, Jo, George, Birgitta, Patric, Bobbie, Rob, and Troy holding the camera

End of journey

We have just arrived at Auckland's Bayswater Marina. 
Tintin will remain here until early April when she is moved across the harbour to the port and loaded onto the deck of the ship that will bring her home.
17,000 nautical miles are on the log since leaving Salcombe in August 2018.
Tintin has done really well. And the crew are in good shape too. It's with mixed feelings that we start to tidy up and prepare her for shipping. We're really looking forward to going home, but sad to end this adventure.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Coromandel cruising


Down the west coast of the Coromandel peninsula we have been visited by bottlenose dolphins, blue penguins, and thousands of shearwaters. I have never seen such big dolphins and honestly am not sure I would want to swim with these ones! There are more seabirds here than we have seen since the Gulf of Panama, and evidently there is a plentiful supply of fish for them. 

We are heading west now towards Auckland, anchored off Waiheke island tonight, and a last get together with Mango and Cabana before we head our different ways.

Jo

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Evening, Rapid Bay

Our neighbours (Krasna, NZRYS) yesterday evening

Farewell Heaths

We waved a sad goodbye to James and Katherine who left us yesterday to start their journey home. It has been great to have them on board with us as we've explored some of Northland's beautiful coast.

The first leg of their journey was a prop plane ride from Great Barrier Island to Auckland. The strong easterly winds were abating as they flew. Katherine got a seat next to the pilot and sent an aerial photo back to us- Tintin is the smudge in the V shaped bay below the nose of the plane.