Gisborne hospitality

coming in to Gisborne

coming in to Gisborne

Shortly before Glenn made landfall at Gisborne, he sent this text “Beautiful night, wind has come up right on the nose. Still have twenty miles to go and it may be slow going. Will be busy til I get in.”

 A familiar topic on this blog is the kindness of strangers.  Glenn has been enjoying some fine kiwi hospitality in Gisborne; he’s made fast friends with folks who are eager to hear about the adventures of a Canadian sailor and share a few stories of their own.  Others have come aboard for coffee, and one very generous family invited him home for dinner. “I’ve met some amazing people here as I did in Australia. I have riches in the people I meet. Been on the phone working on the (ham radio) problem.”


Here he is with Suzy and John McKendry at their home in Gisborne enjoying an evening with them and their three children. Glenn, well known for his love of a good fire, spots an opportunity to introduce the whole family to a true Canadian West Coast Classic –  the ever popular “Smores”.

The ham radio has been sent off to be repaired and he’s been chatting with a few technical experts back home to get things sorted out. He’ll be able to give an update on that very soon.


After a few ‘lively’ days at sea without a lot of meal preparation, he seems to be making up for lost time, tucking into a pretty healthy looking breakfast. “Four egg omelette, sharp cheddar cheese, smoked mussels and fresh coffee.”




  1. Pete Rasmussen says

    Hi Marylou
    Just came home from Gisborne Harbour and looks like Glenn is well and happy, indeed and ready to go. We passed Glenn last Sunday as he was coming into Gisborne, we were out for a daysail and when we came back to the harbour had to go close by to get into our berth. Glenn gave us a cheerful Gooday and invited Donna and myself aboard so after settling our Balena we went across and had a great time drinking tea and hearing incredible tales.
    What a remarkable positive attitude he has, big hearted with a smile from ear to ear!
    Pleasure to meet you Glenn. Farewell friend.

  2. Doug Rutherford says

    Glad to hear the radio is on the mend. Stock up on New Zealand food as it will soon be back to your own cooking.

  3. Suzanne Knuth says

    Is Glenn getting ready to sail back to Victoria?

  4. We are delighted to hear that you are safe Glenn! Yesterday’s post was definitely hair raising! We are cheering you from afar! Best wishes, Stevie & Dean

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