Cockle Cove, Bay of Many Coves

The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Sat 15 Jan 2011 07:27
Position at 1600 NZDT 41.10.921S 174.10.318

Hi All,

After a VERY slow start this morning we have moved up the Sounds to a lovely little spot called Cockle Cove. The weather outside the Sounds is NW at 40 knots, so finding a spot out of the wind or where the wind is not violently eddying around was a bit difficult and so we have now anchored in the cove with the stern tied off on a tree ashore.

Marie's "black box" anchor controller has been put to the test and passed with flying colours. The only problem is that up is down and down is up on the rocker switch, but we won't tell if you don't. Marie is also still a bit out of sorts with the fact that the sun doesn't set umtil 9.00pm and the twilight goes on until nearly 10.

After we got into the anchorage we met a couple off a Hanse 371 (Ian and Julie) across from Wellington ("Nice boat mate"). They also have two daughters about Grace and Sarah's age, so they were able to spend a bit of kid's time with them. They were very impressed with the stern arch and wanted to come over to have a look. They all joined us for sundowners which went on for a goodly time and we found we had a lot in common, so we will hopefully catch up with them when we head across to Wellington at the end of the month.

Tomorrow we will probably head around to Punga Cove, which has a resort and a shop/cafe. Hopefully we will ashore for a decent walk once we get there.

Hope all is well in Brisbane - it has been good to see the community pulling together to repair the damage.

Until tomorrow, TTFN.