On passage again

Simon and Kitty van Hagen
Fri 22 Feb 2013 03:17
We are on passage at the moment passing Portland Island which has an uncanny resemblance to Portland Bill in the English Channel and the seas are just as steep and nasty. No race to contend with but shallows and shoals make for an unpleasantly rough seas. It's difficult pouring a cup of tea - We have a strong ESE wind and are sailing at 8.5 knots.We loved Napier and thanks to Chris, a good friend who took us around, we saw a lot of the very dry farmland, tasted some delicious wines in the famous Hawke's Bay vineyards and ate some delicious food as well. Next stop will be the Mercury Islands on Sunday where we will have a few days break before heading back to Gulf Harbour.