Our position is 35:18:87S 174:07:28E.
Opua is where we wait for a good weather window for the trip north to Fiji. There are scores of other boats here waiting like us. More will come in the next few days. Most of the crews have considerable experience, but this is not a stretch of water to be taken too lightly. Now and again this area is hit by a “Weather Bomb”, so forecasts are monitored closely. The local New Zealand weather guru, Bob McDavitt, will visit the Yacht Club on Saturday. The slight feeling of butterflies is a good sign, since it makes our preparations more thorough.
Since our last entry we have visited a number of very nice and interesting places including Great Barrier Island, so named by Capt. Cook because it shelters much of the Hauraki Gulf. This is another fantastic cruising destination with beautiful beaches, rivers, waterfalls and imposing rainforests. And of course the arch typical Kiwi inhabitants, always eager to help and to socialize.
Much more can be found about the cruise on our primarily Norwegian web site, www.sailaway.no.