Intense concentration on the helm helped us beat the huge storm. Bronwyn's first blue-water trip on a monohaul made her appreciate her cat even more!
We had amazing fun even during the worst of the weather; warm friendships were established and before we knew it........we were gliding across Cook Straight and sliding into the Tasman Bay with sunshine warming our souls.
Although it was a challenge, David tried his best to enjoy his precious time on the helm, but he was quite ready to finish this trip. Luckily watches were short!
Skipper Nick is a delightful, good-spirited person and he spent lots of time and energy trying to be sure we were all okay. He made the delivery a success - of course, we certainly did our part to help!
As we left the Bay of Islands we enjoyed the sunshine and nice weather, along with a few dolphins who ushered us out. After a few intense, windy days with lots of clouds, we again were blessed with a warm, glassy last day with lots of albatross gracefully gliding across the blue water, along with pods of dolphins who welcomed us and stayed with us, propelling themselves effortlessly in our bow wake. We saw penguins, seals, and even a huge humpback whale close by. What a great reward for all our time and effort, as we approached the South Island of New Zealand. We arrived in Nelson harbor at dusk with smiles on our tired faces and a definite sense of relief and well-being. It was a good trip!
Three exotic Bengal cats entertained us continually at Bronwyn and Nick's home. Even David thought these cats were awesome! Wish our pictures had survived. Thanks to Bronwyn, who just sent these, at least we have these images to share with all the fond memories we will cherish forever.