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Saturday 6 September 2008 Waikalabubu Bay, Motutapu, Auckland

September 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yeehaa – we are out again, second weekend in a row. After my torture session with Hitler (gym) this morning we had lunch with Doug, visited butcher and supermarket and headed out. As we left Westhaven, wind swung around from an easterly to a southerly of about 10-15 knots. As soon as we cleared the breakwater we hoisted the main and the genoa and beam reached (wind on our starboard beam) up the harbour.

We held course until we had sailed between Motuihe and Brown’s Island (Motukorea channel) and then turned north. With a following wind Rob gull winged (main and genoa out on opposite sides) up the west of Mouihe and then Motutapu until we reached the Rakino channel where we dropped sail. We had a tickey tour of Foulhouse and West Bays, Rakino before deciding on Waikalabubu Bay as our ancorage for the night. We dropped the pick at about 5:30, it bit in nicely and we have 27m of chain out as the wind forecast is confused. Better safe than sorry!

Trip stats are 13 miles with top speed of 7.4 knots and average speed of 4 knots. Zinkwazi is going very well. We also passed our mate Gerry on Helen Mary – looked like he was heading home.

And of course – when I use “we” it is the royal “we”. Because no sooner were we underway than I skived off for a nap. Had to abandon my favoutite starboard bunk for the port bunk because of the tack we were on. With the boat heeling, clinging to a bunk with the imminent possibility of being turfed onto the floor is not good for comfortable napping.

I have put supper in the oven – we are having chipped chichen, potato wedges & vegetable casserole for dinner (inspired by Margie – thank you for the recipe, but you know I am incapable of following a recipe). Chipped chicken is a dish my boys love and I don’t think I’ve made in in the last 10 years.

With a southerly it is cold out, but it is warm down below, helped by a very nice sherry for me and Rob is drinking rum and may, I suspect, get philosophical this evening. Zinkwazi is rocking gently and we will have an evening with Alice (Cooper on Hauraki).

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  • 1 Ross // Sep 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I do not think you have made Chipped Chicken for 20 years… plus back in the old days eating chicken coated in artery clogging chips and deep fried in fat was not considered that bad (and today it would all go onto my pot belly, which would involve more visits to Hitler)