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sailing to Waiheke

The best of New Zealand

We're now home from New Zealand with many great memories and many new friends. My original goal of bringing West Wind II back to Canada was not realized, but the foundation for that voyage was well and firmly laid at the end of this year. In lieu of … [Read More...]

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A little piece of paradise

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Two very tired sailors this morning after being on anchor watch all night. Other boats here seem to anchor very close together even when there's lots of room in the bay. Last night the wind filled in … [Read More...]

At anchor in Kaiarara Bay, Great Barrier Island

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Dec 28 7:15 am.   Kettle's on and we're anchored off Port Fitzroy in Kaiarara Bay on Great Barrier Island. Beautiful anchorage with natural wild hills and trees down to the water's edge.The sounds of … [Read More...]

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En route to Auckland via Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

Good morning and Merry Xmas  It's early here, the sun is just up over the surrounding hills and  I can feel its warmth. I'm in the cockpit with my tea, fresh local oranges and strawberries. This is my third Xmas in a row on the ocean in West Wind II, but this one is very special as I am not in the middle of an ocean alone; … [Read More...]

Grateful for the generous kiwi spirit

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After we decided to go back to NZ to repair our leak, we turned into the wind and for two days beat into some very strong winds 25-30 knots on the nose. The seas were 2+ meters and close together which made for a very bumpy ride and lots water over the deck. Some of it found its way below and definitely through into the bilge. … [Read More...]

Landed !

Opua BoI

Dec 14  Bay of Islands Glenn and Claire have landed safely in Opua, Bay of Islands and are doing well.  I spoke to them this evening and plans are being made to diagnose the leak and make repairs. I'll post an update as soon as I have more information. … [Read More...]

On to Bay of Islands

Dec 13 BoI

  Dec 13 noonWe are now 110 miles from the entrance to the Bay of Islands and all is going well. Claire has just made an amazing Sunday brunch which is a real feat in this weather. She is an amazing person, and I'm sure she will be as glad as I will to get in to Opua, get the boat up on the hard, and find out our fate. For now … [Read More...]

Moving along purposefully

Dec 12

Dec 12 It's 10:21 a.m. and I just got out of my bunk! Up a lot last night, every hour to pump the bilge and then a couple of sail changes.Claire and I have been listening to pod casts and talking while lying in our bunks. West Wind II is sailing along at 6 kts into 15-20 kts of wind about 120 miles from the entrance to the Bay … [Read More...]

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