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Sunday, 31 August 2008, Westhaven

September 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

What a wonderful day!

We slept late, had toasted bagels, cream cheese and raspberry jam for breakfast and then sat in the cockpit and watched the comings and goings. Unfortunately decided we could not stay on (even though we had enough food for at least two weeks).  So rob wants to lift anchor and I want to get lunch onto stove. No contest of course – I cut up some chicken and onions and brown on bottom of pressure cooker. Then add chicken stock, chopped carrots, parsnips, leeks, kumura and potatoes. Add bay leaves and mixed herbs and put lid on and bring up to pressure. Flip switch so stove swings on gimbals and then we lift anchor.

There is a pretty decent wind blowing so we hoist main and 1/3 genoa and head out of Issy Bay.  We’ve no clear idea of where we are going so head into the wind and sail towards Motuihe. Wind is gusting 15-25 knots and we have a nice heel being hard onto the wind.  Of course at this point remember that we should have secured everything down below……. When we get into Motuihe’s wind shadow we come about and romp up the harbour with a following wind. With speeds of up to 7.5 knots, spray flying and having to dodge yachts racing we have a beautiful trip.  We sail under the harbour bridge and swing around the port marker and head for Westhaven.

At this stage I remember that I have left our lunch cooking on the stove – fortunately our very clever gas detector turns off after an hour so I open pressure cooker to an almost perfect chicken and vegetable soup. Bring back to boil, season with salt & pepper, thicken slightly with a milk and corn flour mix and finally add sliced German franks. Serve with crusty bread.

We tie up just after 3:00 and have a delicious lunch. Tidy up, split the remainder of the soup between us and head back to real life.

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  • 1 Ross // Sep 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    What a perfect day!