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Vanuatu

NZ – Vanuatu, Opua, Aneityum, Tanna, Efate 1st to 17th May After completing usual numerous pre-departure stuff in New Zealand – customs, water tanks, tidy up, shopping, lines for spinnaker pole, preventer, all tied down, empty rubbish, Hydrovane fixed, say … Continue reading

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New Zealand – last phase

New Zealand – Auckland to Bay of Islands 12th to 30th April From the empty bays of Waihiki Island (only empty because of week of rough autumn weather), I sailed into Auckland Harbour. First night, anchored precariously near the harbour … Continue reading

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New Zealand – end of summer

New Zealand, Hauraki Gulf etc 13th March to 12th AprilA month of motley experiences with all the wonders, frustrations, challenges, delights, excitements and mysteries of sailing life, including: perhaps my favourite NZ anchorage (in Whangaroa’s big natural harbour), 19 other … Continue reading

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New Zealand 3

New Zealand, Work and Play 6th February to 12th March It’s pouring with rain, seriously cats-and-dogs rain. As I write, the remnants of Cyclone Hola blow across New Zealand Northland. It’s been deluging with heavy heavy rain all day. It’s … Continue reading

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New Zealand 2

New Zealand – Bay of Islands, Whangarei England – South West 17th December 2017 to 4th February 2018 Someone mentioned I’d not updated blog for a while. But then not much has happened on the sailing front. Just pottered down … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Northland

New Zealand – Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands, Whangaroa, Mangonui 12th November to 16th December If you’re reading this now, then Christmas is over and you might have more time for internet stuff. I was trying to be brief but … Continue reading

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Tonga to New Zealand

Ha’apai, Tonga to Opua, New Zealand 25th October to 11th November Most sailing boats in Tonga head to New Zealand for the southern hemisphere summer. Usually there are long and tiresome lists of repairs, sails and rigging to fix, engines … Continue reading

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Tonga, Ha’apai

Ha’apai, Tonga 9th to 24th October One of the very many joys of a sailing way of life is constant closeness to the delights and beauty of nature. You can see thousands of sunsets, of dolphins, whales, birds, shells, stars, … Continue reading

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Tonga, Vava’u

Vava’u, Tonga 18th September to 8th October The sail over to Tonga from Suwarrow (Cook Islands) was a mixed bag: – two days sailing in South Pacific Convergence Zone (yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful) which means seriously gusty … Continue reading

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Suwarrow, Cook Islands

Bora Bora, Maupiti, Suwarrow 3rd to 17th September Thank goodness, before heading for the Cook Islands, I stopped at the little Society island of Maupiti, my final anchorage in French Polynesia. Before that, Bora Bora, with its lavish, high-class and … Continue reading

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