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Saturday 7 September 2008, Westhaven, Auckland

September 7th, 2008 · No Comments

We were right to be suspicious of the wind. Woke up this morning and it had shifted to the north east and was blowing straight into Waikalabubu – caused that really nasty side-to-side roll that we all love to hate. So we moved to Woody Bay, Rakino and had breakfast – bagels, cream cheese and raspberry jam. Gotta try some new breakfasts! Rob is wonderful – he knows that I am not a morning person and so makes me coffee which I let get cold, makes me more coffee and then toasts the bagels by which stage I might actually be awake.

The Te Mana (navy support boat returning after five months away in the Arabian Gulf, where it has been helping support security operations) was waiting just south of Tiri – probably waiting till it was time to get home.

We lounged about and read – I got lunch ready – Potato & Leek soup, chopped all the vegetables and put in pressure cooker. We lifted the pick at about 11:30. I turned on the pressure cooker and we flounced along under about 3/4 genoa with wind off the back quarter. We re-traced our previous days course through the Rakino Channel, down the west side of Motutapu and then through the Motuihe Channel. We anchored in Wharf Bay for lunch. Trip and lunch took an hour. Trip stats – 5 miles, maximum of 7.6knots and average of 5 knots – not bad, but winds of 18 – 20 knots so we have the drive. Lunch was delicious – I threw in some Russian sausages and served with some crusty bread. Now – if you think I am the most organised person in the world, you’d be wrong. Even when I go shopping I don’t really have a plan and tend to buy things that I like and might find useful and then I improvise with whatever I have.

After lunch we headed for home – 1/3 genoa because at this stage the wind was getting up 25-30 knots and gusts of up to 35 knots. With the wind off the starboard quarter we made good time up the harbour and were back in our berth by 4:00 p.m. And back in Hamilton by 7:00 p.m. :(.

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