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Blog & Photos - November 2013

1 - 3 November - Still in Noumea waiting for weather - this had to be a good trip or else.....

3 - 9 November - Passage from New Caledonia to New Zealand - see flotsam. We had intended on heading straight to Nelson in the south island but the low we encountered changed into a 'complex low' and split causing southerly winds and big seas just in the area we wanted to go! We were having a good passage with no gales or storms so decided to head for Opua in the north island instead of spending 3 days beating into strong winds. I had taken a new sea-sickness pill which I'm delighted to say worked a treat!

9 - 13 November - Opua - re-provisioning and meeting up with friends.

13 November - Sailed over to Russell to meet up with Barry and Marie-Jeanne on another B57 - Pikoura - for dinner.

14 November - Great sail from Russell to Mangonui - spent time looking around the 'historic' village and having fish and chips in the 'world famous' Mangonui fish and chip shop - where incidentally, we were charged the equivalent of 90p for a tiny pack of vinegar!

15 - 17 November - Very slow sail up around Cape Reinga and down to New Plymouth - practically no wind so ended up motoring 48 hours out of 60 - now that must be a record! Had quite a number of pods of dolphins riding our bow wave - always a treat! As we approached New Plymouth we saw a strange shape in the water - looked like part of a tree trunk - on closer inspection it turned out to be a sleeping seal! We came across another 3 of them in exactly the same pose!

18 - 20 November - Spent in the company of Phil and Linda from Windora (a couple we had met in New Cal who are from Nelson who also diverted to Opua!) Hiked part way up the Taranaki volcano. Had a lovely afternoon and BBQ with Harley and Di (a local couple - friends of Linda and Phil) - great house and gardens - even had it's own slipway into the river (all built by Harley who also built his boat).

21 - 22 November - Good sail down to Nelson.

23 - 30 Nelson marina - decided to do some major alterations to the boat - Matt stripped out one of the forward heads and turned it into a storage 'shed'. People here are very friendly - we have met some great folk so intend to stay put for a while and do boat jobs - at least until Helen and Nick arrive on 23rd December!

Position as at 30 November S41.15.463 E173.16.923