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Saturday 19 April 2008 Bay of Islands

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Happy birthday Doug.

Whew it has been a long day (especially for Rob cause I felt quesy so took to my bunk).

We lifted pick at 7:00 a.m. to leave Whangaroa. Not without regret – Whangaroa is high on our list of favourite places and we had planned to spend more time there. Sea was slight and wind was a bit shifty in range 10-20 knots so we motor sailed under about 75% of our big genny. Slow but uneventful trip, at an average of about 4 knots. We dropped the pick off Russell at about 3:00 p.m.

Rob is not happy with gearbox fix – is ok at low speeds but has a nasty vibration when we crank it up. He thinks it is an alignment problem so is working on making shims to use as packing to fix alignment. This means drinking beer so he can cut up the tins. I volunteered baked bean tins but apparently beer cans have some magical properties. If this does not work then it is the drive plate boss is not centred which means gear box needs to come out so we can get it fixed.

I decided that our complicated plan involving boats, cars, ferries and busses to get Rob’s car from Mangonui was to time constrained for one day and that we needed to rent a car and drive up to Mangonui today to get it. So we did. Car is parked in Russell & we were back on boat by 8:00 p.m. We don’t usually anchor & run, but we’ve anchored here before and holding is very good.

And I cooked – we had a delicious soup for lunch. I fried chopped onion in a little olive oil then added chopped patatoes (Agria’s), carots, parsnips (a very under-rated vegetable) and leeks added bay leaves, pepper corns and water and pressure cooked for 30 minutes. Then added chicken stock cubes, salt, pepper and chopped salami. Boiled to thicken and finished with some milk powder (instead of cream).

Having had our vegetables for the day we had Robs prize steak and rolls for tea.

And we ended the day listening to Alice Cooper on Hauraki.

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