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Pekapeka Bay, Whangaroa Harbour, Friday, 14 January, 2011

January 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Pekapeka Bay, Whangaroa Harbour, Friday, 14 January, 2011

My mojo is still lost, but at least I am catching bait. May have to eat it if I don’t catch anything bigger. This will shock Rob so might do anyway – a couple of butterflied baby kahawai on the barbecue with some wood chips to smoke them maybe. And I love skipjack mackerel, piper, well pretty much all fish. Except yellowtail, useless as bait and food.

We went ashore at Totara North today, not much to see, but we are thinking about getting some land up here so I wanted to see the north shore of Whangaroa Harbour. Then we crossed over and had beer and pizza at the Marlin. I learnt my lesson at RBC and had only one beer and then switched to scotch…

As forecast the wind is getting up so we are anchored up under the eastern volcanic shore of Pekapeka Bay, can hear the wind in the rigging but sea is calm so we are all good.

We both overate at lunch so had cashews for tea.

Tomorrow we fish. And are also on countdown to going naked so need to figure out when we do washing. Although I have figured out that if I wear togs for a couple of day I can last till we get home. Rob travels a lot more lightly than I do though.

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Mangonui Harbour, Wednesday, 12 January,2011

January 13th, 2011 · 5 Comments

We are anchored off the famous:

A trough coming through in next couple of days so we decided to head north ahead of it. A very different trip from our last one with a gentle swell and bugger all wind. So the iron spinnaker did most of the work although we did fly the genoa.

Berghan point as we rounded into Doubtless Bay:

We did collect a couple of tuna on the way so fish for tea. Rob fancies fish chips and eggs for tea. But as I keep telling Rob, vegetables are his friends.

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Pararako Bay, Whangaroa, Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

January 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Pararako Bay, Whangaroa, Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

I’ve lost my mojo. No fish while Rob was getting good bites and hauling them in – admittedly all undersized, but at least they were fish. Oh well there is tomorrow.

BBQ for tea – Soggybottom sausages, baked potatoes, grilled corn and tomato salad.

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Pararako Bay, Whangaroa, Monday, 10 January, 2011

January 10th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Well we had an interesting day – and not in a good way. Forecast was for 15 knot southeast winds with slight sea and 1m swell. Sounds good, yep. Winds were stronger and swell was much bigger. With a following wind and swells rolling in on our starboard beam Zinkwazi rolled like a pig. Oh well only two disasters
– a tub of raspberry jab got broken so there was raspberry jam all over the kitchen bench and dripping into the lockers under the bench and the two kingfish we caught were undersized and had to go back into the water.

We were planning to take the middle passage through the Cavalli’s but water was too broken and we could not see passage clearly so headed out and took the upper passage. With the Cavalli’s breaking the swell we had a more comfortable trip for last part of trip. But all good, we dropped the pick in a beautifully calm bay in Whangaroa Harbour at about 5:00.

Tomato risotto with panchetta and choritzo sausage for supper while watching a big launch botch anchor set after anchor set and we are all good.

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Matauwhai Bay, Bay of Islands, Sunday, 9 January, 2011

January 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Beer is bad, bad, bad. Bad, bad, bad!

But who cleaned up in Tall Ships and Classic races yesterday? First tall ship on handicap, first wooden gaff rigged boat and first boat in both classic and tall ships on handicap? The girls……… And they have enough rum in winnings to float a boat.

Two days till we go naked, time to do laundry.

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Matauwhai Bay, Bay of Islands, Saturday, 8 January, 2011

January 9th, 2011 · Comments Off on Matauwhai Bay, Bay of Islands, Saturday, 8 January, 2011

3 days till I go naked, unless I do some laundry first.

Tonight we hangi. Tall ships was not as impressive as last year but still a great spectacle. I counted more than a hundred sail boats off Russell and that was before the start of the race. Artemis was the flag ship.


Cutest boat was this little un, it looked like a noddy boat:

And a couple of tall ships (both gaff rigged schooners I think) under sail:

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Te Hue Bay (Assassination Cove), Bay of Islands, Friday, 7 January, 2011

January 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Tough day, hooning around in the tender, kayaking, swimming, reading and barbecuing. We’ve had a lovely day, clear and hot but has clouded over and there is some rain now. All good, rain will wash boat and cool the night.

We had our first boat problems today – I blocked the toilet, fortunately I did eventually persuade it to flush. Thank god, it is no fun stripping down a marine toilet to clear the blockage. And the taps on our cockpit shower were frozen, a bloody great big wrench (I’ve made a mental note, would be a good back-up anchor) and some WD45 sorted that so we could shower in cockpit after swimming.

Did catch bait which is in bait keeper hanging off the side of the boat, with the tender and the two kayaks. Pretty much like every other boat in the bay.

It has been really hot and I burn easily so have quite a regimen:
1. Face cream – Factor 25 and I put on first thing in the morning.
2. Sunblock – Factor 100 and put on face and neck before I go into sun although I have a selection because I might want a matte finish or a tinted one if I am going somewhere.
3. Sunblock – Factor 50 for arms and hands, spray on, dry fast and water proof.
4. Sunblock – Factor 20 for legs, because I do want tanned legs for those glorious few weeks a year where I can wear skirts but not bother with pantyhose.
5. Leave in hair conditioner with UV filters
6. Other sun protection – lip balm, sunblock that I keep in my handbag and I also keep a combination block/insect repellent in my backpack. And I have after-sun creams and have a variety of brands, mainly because I like buying sunblock. Makes me feel as virtuous as actually using it.

So you get the point – I invest time and money in sun care. I’d use toothpaste with built in sunblock it it was available, of course in the absence, I protect my teeth by keeping my mouth closed in the sun.

Rob spends more time in the sun than I do and is also careful – he uses the sunblock with the orange lid!

Men are from Mars aren’t they? But we’ll see tomorrow – he finished his sunblock and the new one is standing next to my shampoo on the cockpit seat and they look very similar. And I might not be able to resist putting his sun block in the bathroom and leaving my shampoo just where it is.

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Te Hue Bay (Assassination Cove), Bay of Islands, Thursday, 6 January, 2011

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on Te Hue Bay (Assassination Cove), Bay of Islands, Thursday, 6 January, 2011

Happy birthday Elyse.

The boats are back, the boats are back in town.

Tall ships race on Saturday and we’ve already seen a few and there are a couple anchored very close by. Can’t see her name but here is a very glammed up schooner:

We’ll sail the course on Saturday – anybody with anything that floats gets out onto the water. Afterwards we’ll go to the prize giving and hangi at the Russell Cruising Club, there will also be a live band and dancing so Rob is very excited – NOT.

We got petrol – had to go in and tie up at the Russell wharf, went very well, but wharves are scary at best of times and Russell is very busy. Then we anchored off RCC tendered ashore and went shopping for the bits and pieces we needed. Had a late lunch at Hone’s, Rob had hamburger and I had pizza, both very good. I kept tripping because the land wasn’t moving – always takes me a while to aclimatise after being on boat.

Once done we headed out and are anchored in one of my favorite bays off quite a big island – North Island. I had sweetcorn and grilled mushrooms for tea and Rob had sweetcorn and leftover steak, all done on BBQ. Yum – I love new season sweetcorn. All we do is dip it in sea water and then grill (leaves and all) and cook till leaves are nicely blackened.

I dithered over buying the Cobb BBQ because it was quite expensive and we have a perfectly good gas barbecue. But I wanted a smoker and the Cobb does both so gas barbeque went and I did not have to find somewhere to keep a smoker. Not tried smoking yet but love the Cobb, easy to light, good even heat and food tastes like it has been cooked on charcoal (which it has). First suitable fish we catch I’ll try smoking.

Now you might be wondering about this fishing – because there are no fish yet! But other than drag a lure we have not really done any fishing, mainly because Whangaroa is such a good fishing we can’t be fagged to fish gill we get further north.

Been a good day, Zinkwazi is going well, I used the inverter to charge my camera batteries so can take pics again, we had a good day and the zombies have failed miserably to eat my brains.

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Paradise Bay, Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off on Paradise Bay, Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

We’ve not moved today. Slept late and then did boat work. Sadly this is just like housework, but on a boat.

Rob did most of stowing away before we left and so I can’t find anything. Because I did the shopping in several short bursts I’m not sure what food and drinks we have on board so mainly what I did was to re-stow everything. Take everything out of the lockers and put it back, usually in the same place! I did manage to find most of the things I’d lost. Except charger cable for my camera batteries…….still looking……. We are very well stocked, only need petrol for outboard, roller towels, small sinkers for bait rod and turpentine,I want to redo silicon seal in galley and heads and need turpentine to clean up.

Being on holiday we need to take regular breaks so reading, Plants vs Zombies and watching the comings and goings in the bay took up the rest of the day. And there were lots of comings and goings and there is nothing that a securely anchored sailor enjoys more than watching other boats anchor – the newbys are very entertaining. I also rigged the bait rod because we don’t have any bait so will need to catch or buy some. No luck yet but I used a frigging heavy sinker so sabaki rig would not have worked well and it was no fun so only did a couple of drops.

Still eating from the top down so we had a Wholly Cow (from Hamilton farmers market) rolled sirloin roast. Did it on the BBQ which has a dome cover. Seared in a pan and then seasoned with salt, pepper and mustard powder. But I am a little concerned because I think Rob must be feeling poorly, he had more vegetables than meat. For vegetables I did baked potatoes with the roast and a mix up of courgettes, eggplant and tomato with a touch of chilli. Will write up recipe and post because they were divine and I will want to make again.

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Paradise Bay, Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands – Tuesday 4 January,2011

January 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments

We put up the main – but just for show, in 2-3 knots wind we were not sailing anywhere! Not a ripple on the sea, just a big oily swell which seems to set off my very mild sea sickness. Oh well a day in the cock pit sticking my head into the wind like a dog in a car while ordering Rob to fetch and carry because I was not going below for all the tea in China is not all bad. We made good time under motor and dropped the pick at about 4:00 p.m.

A pod of 3 dolphins swam in our bow wave for well over half an hour – they are very special creatures. Rob was keen to video them so hung over the pulpit aiming the vid camera at then for a good 15 minutes, pity he forgot to turn it on first.

Planned super is still swimming in the sea – we hooked up a nice tuna just north of Tutukaka (skipjack I think) but it slipped the hook, waved goodbye and was off. So we defrosted steak. We bought a new BBQ that we can use as a smoker as well as a BBQ. It is a Cobb and uses compressed copra, or special charcoal fuel or charcoal briquettes and works very well. Is not big so is ideal for boat but (in relays) we baked potatoes, grilled eggplant, courgettes and mushrooms and finally the steak. Simple but very delicious.

I’ve been wondering – do you think that if I put a Factor 100 sunblock over my Factor 25 face cream I get the equivalent of Factor 125? Or 100 because it is the top layer? Or an average because they must mix? At least I don’t think they neutralize each other or I’d be burnt to a crisp and I only have some wind burn (I bet dogs get wind burnt gums in cars). There is never enough info on the boxes is there?

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