If you sail, you don´t blog – that is my résumé of the first weeks sailing around New Zealand. Since our departure from Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, I have not typed a single word on my computer. There was simply no time. In recent weeks, we’ve been too busy facing the stormy conditions and heavy waves on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and making way. Our goal was to spend New Year’s evening in the Marlborough Sounds on the South Island. From the very beginning, it was clear to us that it would be a race against time in our 8-meter sailboat.
It’s a race we lost: a southern storm front blew over us. Nevertheless, we were lucky in the misfortune and could hide in the marina of the sailing club of Napier. A lot of time to write posts and updates, one might think. Wrong: get supplies, do laundry, re-splice the anchor rope, dry blankets and carpets (we were hit by some waves on passage), replenish water and gas tanks, refill gas bottles, answer emails, do the most important work and so on… the hours were not sufficient for the program we had in mind. In addition, although the marina in Napier is relatively well equipped and located next to some restaurants, bars and smaller shops, supermarkets, chandleries and gas station are between 3 and 4 kilometres away in the city centre. Hardly accessible without a car – and a bus trip is not only quite expensive (around 15 NZD roundtrip), the journey alone takes about an hour one way.
Four days after our arrival, I finally made it today: I try to put the experience of the last two weeks of sailing into words. Time will tell if I succeed.
More is soon to come: On the 1st of January, we start the New Year with our next 50-hour leg into the Marlborough Sounds / Queen Charlotte Sound. 10 – 15 knots northerlies are forecasted and seem ideal conditions for this route. Fingers crossed.
On the 5th of January, we probably have our first talk about marine restoration in the Waikawa Boating Club. If wind and weather allow of course, but this goes without saying.