Farewell to NZ
was the last month that Jacky was going to be in
Had been set aside to complete as much work as possible to prepare Penguin for the
nine months at sea. Jacky having decided she would be happier back in
In the boat yard. So we decided to get ourselves down to the south Island and enjoy
scenery their. We flew from
The mountains and coastline. We stayed in a backpackers lodge with great views out
Over the lake, one evening we had a fantastic view of a comet. The walks close to
town were great and got you up into
the mountains, this whole area is the centre of the
Trip with various degrees of enjoyment. Most of the following two weeks were spent
Looking for areas to walk in and enjoying the fantastic country and mountains. This
Was a period of time with no other distractions and we were able to do and go were
we wanted. We did our pilgrimage to
Had a mornings horse riding in the Dart valley, Riding on the horses used in the
Filming of Lord of The Rings. All to soon the days had passed by with and once again
time to head back to
and Jo had got themselves out of
in Aus. So on the third of February we were once again at
This time it would only be one of us boarding and not knowing when we would see
other again. With some luck Jack will get herself to
For a few weeks to meet up again, otherwise it will be xmas before I can fly back
Whilst we had been away one of the other Boaties, Dave had been working hard
Doing the interior varnish work so I returned to find a Beautiful bright varnished
Boat, so the following three weeks were spent doing as much as we could to get
Penguin in great shape for the next 14000miles of her journey including the first
Step her return to Queensland Australia and the completion of her Circumnavigation.
Being a lone person at the boatyard has one advantage, You are felt sorry for and
Get adopted by one of the generous couples. Dave and Mary seemed to adopt
Me and I had lots of parcels of fruit and invitations for dinner. Much appreciated.
So with Penguin back in the water sea trials having taken place, all in good shape,
time for me to leave Whangarei and get myself down to
Niamh who was flying in from Aus and Will Stone a new Crew member from the
fantastic beautiful place
there is very few people to spoil it all. From the
So by the 14 march both Niamh and Will had been meet at the airport, and we once
Again we had our full crew and were ready to go sailing, the weather gods had
Other ideas and the next two days we spent tied to the dock whilst 25-30 knot
Wind and rain persuaded us to enjoy the delights of the city for a few extra days.
who had sailed across from
hitch a lift with us to
Join us but had to get himself to Opua Bay of Islands by the 20th. We did in fact
Pull in to Whangarei for some final work which is were he caught up with us. It
Had also been an outstanding request that Niamh would get a chance to Dive at
The Poor Knights, as her broken wrist had made that impossible in October. We
got to Opua on the 22march and got our Clearance out for
On the 23rd The weather across the Tasman was looking reasonably good so the
Decision was made and we departed Opua at 12.30. It was a great feeling to be
Setting of with a crew you were confident in and had enjoyed so much with during
The previous year, Penguin was also in great shape after her NZ refit and pampering.
Another fine mess you got me into.
I might be a film star But I Can`t talk.
Penguin waiting for crew outside
Ready to go, the crew at the Dock Opua. Niamh Rob Will Colin.