Date: Sunday, November 12th 2018
Time: 23:00 UTC (12pm local)
Location: 35° 50.28’ S, 174° 28.13’ E (in a slip at Marsden Cove Marina)
Distance to the Whangarei, New Zealand: 0 nm
24 hr. Distance covered: 98 nm
A Day At Sea
By Elizabeth Vawter
Some people haven’t ever been sailing, some have. When you go on your first passage (a 2 or more day sail), it is so cool, exquisite even! But after a while it gets boring, not to mention I get queasy.
I recommend siting up top, near the fresh air. The vessel could be moving side to side, up and down or an unpleasant combination. If you are lucky and, if you have a reel you could pull in a fish or two.
When you come to shore it is quite a relief. I prefer anchoring, I like the pleasant roll, and it is quieter than in a marina. The marina has very calm waves, but the water is usually green and smells like a skunk.
We just arrived in New Zealand and are about to go on an airplane to California. I hope you get a chance to sail someday, it is a great opportunity to see many breathtaking places.
A Note from Mom (11/14/18):
Well, we have arrived! It felt so amazing to see and smell the land as we were getting close. We can’t wait to come back and explore New Zealand, but for now, we are prepping Banyan for some alone time, taking sails off, spraying down and drying anything that saw salt water, emptying the food stores, and generally going through the boat with a fine toothed comb, cleaning, sorting and preparing her to stay in the marina for a few months.
Thanks for following our adventures! We will be heading back to North America for some time with family and dip into a bit of work as well. We will keep you posted on our continued adventures and in the mean time, I will be adding photos to older posts and getting up to date on our One Moment a Day videos. It’s good to be back in the land of WiFi!
This is SV Banyan, CLEAR!