Let’s go sailing

Castingthe world in my hands off and sailing into the sunset has  been in the back of our mind for many years, but the (loose) plan has really taken shape in 2016. Finding Mr X, Grand Soleil 39, crystallised our thoughts.

After crossing the Atlantic in November 16, we spent 2 years in the Caribbean, going up and down the islands between Trinidad and Puerto Rico. We transited the Panama  Canal  in March 19. Since then we have been exploring the beautiful islands of the Pacific. We arrived in New Zealand in November 19, and like the rest of the world we have come to a standstill in March 20. We are experiencing our first winter in 4 years, but feeling lucky to be here.

The world is in our hands....

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New Zealand – June 21

We haul out at the beginning of the month. We managed to do all the underwater jobs in record time, only 2 weeks. Back in the water, we have a few more jobs to do (finishing the main hatch). Daily walks, and plenty of entertainment too.

House and dogs sitting is definitely the highlight of the season, especially when the house sitting coincide with the filthiest of weather. We hunker down by the fire, with the dogs at our feet, catching up with “The Crown” on TV!

Marsden Cove – June 21

New Zealand – May 21

Settling back into Marsden Cove Marina. We reacquainted ourselves with  surrounding beaches and walks, as well as with our neighbours. Just like coming home . We do some boat jobs and the social rounds. The weather is slowly deteriorating and getting colder. We have a few days in the Bay of Islands, delivering a boat which made a nice change.

Marsden Cove – May 21

New Zealand – April 21

On our way slowly back up the North Island, we stop at Waiheke Island, near Onorea, for a few days. Then we visit Auckland, Panmure is the perfect base for exploring. Buses and trains are a short distance away from the Yacht Club, Auckland is ours to play in.  Next stop is Gulf Harbour, nice marina and the Shakespeare National park offers fabulous walks with stunning views. By the end of April we have reached our winter ground. Back in Marsden Cove Marina where we will haul out and do our maintenance, but mainly wait for spring.

North Island – April 21

New Zealand – March 21

We had a fabulous time in the South Island. The weather is slowly deteriorating and we must make a move back up towards the North Island… looking for some warmth. We still take our time, visiting Napier, again, and the Mercury Islands. Elephant island, in the Hauraki Gulf is a real gem, a natural auditorium, we do have a go at singing (very badly!).

South Island – March 21

North Island – March 21