Monday evening Charlie and Anne took the dinghy off to a rocky outcrop at the entrance to Waihinau Bay to get dinner. A great spot for blue cod! Dinner was pan fried blue cod, enjoyed by all.
On Tuesday we left Waihinau Bay in the north of Pelorus Sound for Queen Charlotte Sound. Charlie helmed Alibi through Allen Strait at slack water. Williwaws made this trip a fun ride, even at slack water. Passing Annie Bay on our port we had an exciting sail into Cook Strait with wind of 20 knots at our back and averaged 10 knots.
A mooring was picked up in Ship’s Cove, the beginning of the Queen Charlotte great walk. John, Charlie and Tommo went exploring ashore and found their way to a pretty waterfall surrounded by native bush including towering ponga.
This morning Tommo and Charlie walked from Ship’s Cove to Resolution Bay, while Cap’n John brought Alibi round and Anne kayaked along the coast, visiting all the little coves on the way.
Te Aumiti or French Pass is a narrow passage between D’Urville Island and the South Island. Alibi has just dropped anchor in Kapowai Bay after successfully navigating the pass a few minutes ago. Skillfully helmed by Capn John the boat made up to 8 knots through the pass. Eddies and whirlpools through the pass took over the boat’s steering from time to time.
We left Nelson marina at 10 this morning under power as there was no wind. The 10 day fish drought ended this afternoon when a large kahawai was caught just off the entrance to Croiselles harbour.
Our current plan is to head to Pelorus Sound and Havelock by Wednesday.
After Sally left the boat in Mangonui the crew became revolting. Maybe it was after a night at the pub, celebrating 37 years together for Tommo and Sally, or more likely, the thought of motoring nonstop for 4 days down the west coast that led to a change in plan.
New plan: instead of continuing on to the Marlborough Sounds we intend to explore the North Island from North Cape to East Cape.
Currently anchored in Rangaunu Bay around the point from Cape Karikari.
7 hours sailing from Waiheke to current location. Saw dolphins and fairy prions…birds dancing on the top of the water….en route! Met up with friends for dinner of scallops in white wine. Experimented with new paddle board. Goodwife Sally was concerned the wind was taking her back to Waiheke before being shepherded back to Alibi by the crew of a nearby yacht.
Having gathered tonight’s dinner of 80 scallops, Sally proceeded to scold the scallops into submission as she shucked them. ‘Stop jumping, you’re still jumping, you should be dead because I’ve knifed you!’