Monday, 18 August 2014

Looking back on the voyage from Fremantle to Auckland

Haulout at Fremantle for repairs to the skin fitting

 Whales, Skipjack Tuna and Kingfish

Geelong, Melbourne

Jeff Searle left the boat at Melbourne, where he lives with his wife Jill.  Very handy to have a car!  We had a barbeque at Jeff's - a very nice evening.  Next day we picked up Larry Deverick - our new crew member.  We stayed at Geelong Yacht Club Marina.  They were fantastic hosts and could not have been more helpful! Wind against tide leaving Geelong at Melbourne Heads. Huge seas.  Stopped at Phillip Island for shelter.  Left the next day for the Bass Strait.  Awesome sailing for 2 days.  12 - 15 knots sailing speed:)  Best sail we have had! 

Coming in to Sydney Harbour

Arrived Sydney, anchored at Watson's Bay, just inside the Heads.  A local gave us a contact at Rushcutters Bay to get a marina.  Very hard to find availability in Sydney - very expensive.  Steve Taylor returned to Auckland and Steve McCabe and his son Jonny came aboard.  Sailed up to Newcastle to clear customs and stayed for one night.  Left the next day for New Zealand.

Cleared out of Australia - customs were awesome.  30 knots on the nose for the first night then wind died to flat calm crossing the Tasman.  Motored most of the way.  Slept one night at Elizabeth Reef.  Shark swimming round the boat at night.  Towed lures down the side of the reef and caught 3 kingis.  Headed for Wanganella Bank picking up 3 marlin before breakfast.  One landed and released.  Happy crew, worn out Jonny after reeling in his first marlin.  Proceeded to King Bank, Three Kings catching King Terekihi, Giant Blue Cod and Kingfish.  Brent pulled up a piece of coral on his rod.  Next stop - Opua to clear customs.  Down the coast to Tutukaka Marina, Moku Hinaus, Great Barrier, Kawau, Sandspit - where we picked up the girls and Geoff, on to Waiheke and the Viaduct, Auckland.

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