So here you go, my final day-by-day account of what we got up to. Not too many of my usual weird ramblings or strange stories this time, but there are some pretty pictures.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
We woke up in Station Bay on the eastern side of Motutapu Island. I have good memories of this place from the Stewart 34 barbeque last year, some of which seem to be a bit fuzzy! There might have been a fair bit of rum flowing. We almost lost our dinghy that night because someone forgot to put the bung back in the bunghole in our dinghy. If you don't sail, it would be like leaving all of the windows rolled down in your car and then parking it in a lake. This time, we had a much more relaxing experience. No rum and no dinghy dramas.
|Station Bay, Motutapu Island|
|Woody Bay, Rakino Island|
Unfortunately, our ESP powers were on the fritz and nobody seemed to be in any hurry to leave, so we ended up leaving and doing a circumnavigation of Rakino Island before we headed over to good old, reliable Islington Bay for the night. Everyone who sails in Auckland knows Islington Bay. It is a large, well sheltered bay which sits between Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands and is relatively close to Auckland which makes it popular with local boaties. So it seemed fitting that we spent our last couple of days anchored there.
|Islington Bay, Motutapu & Rangitoto Islands|
Monday, 31 March 2014
The next day, we went for a walk out to Emu Point on Motutapu Island and had a lovely little picnic. Of course, if you're going to have a picnic on the island, pick your spot carefully as it is covered in cow patties.
|Emu Point, Motutapu Island|
|You try carrying a dinghy over this ferry and see if you don't fall against the side of the boat ramp.|
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
April Fool's Day and our last day of cruising - not sure if the universe is trying to tell us something? We tried our best to sail back to Auckland, but there was a distinct lack of wind. So we ended up motoring most of the way. Kind of a sad way to spend your last day cruising on your sailboat - not sailing that is. Here are some final shots of our way back to the marina.
|Bean Rock in the Waitemata Harbour|
|View of the Auckland skyline and port.|
|And back where our adventures all started - Westhaven Marina|
Total nautical miles for this trip = 20
Number of dinghy misadventures = 1
Number of near misses with the cow patties = 1
Number of Aucklanders out on the water = 1.42 million (it seemed like everyone was out there!)
Number of boats we've owned = 1
Number of boats we've sold = 1
Number of tears shed = Nil (we're tough little cookies)