Smokehouse Bay

The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Wed 9 Jun 2010 07:51
Dear All,
A reasonablly busy 48 hours, with a little bit of everything. Yesterday we departed Smokehouse bay in the mornng after a session of school and headed across to Port Fitzroy to do a bit of shopping and to top up the water. We then looked for a suitable anchorage for the forecast southerly blow and after a couple of hours motoring around settled on Wairahi Bay. This turned out to be a good choice as we ended up with 40 knot winds overnight and didn't move an inch.
This morning we had two good sessions of school. After lunch we headed ashore to "Sven's" which is a working farm and where we saw the process of distilling Manuka Oil. We then walked up the hill on the farm, getting awesome views back towards Auckland and north to the porr knights Islands. On the walk Grace found three good-sized lumps of Kauri Gum on the track, which Sven kindly allowed the girls to keep.
After we returned to the boat, we up anchored and headed back up to Smokehouse in the hope of getting internet coverage on the vodaphone dongle. Unfortunately we will had to call no joy, so this entry is live "via sattelite".
Tomorrow will be an early start to take advantage of a developing northerly breeze to get us bac to Gulf Harbour.
Until tomorrow, TTFN