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Date: 17 Oct 2008 02:14:54
Title: Rub a Dub Dub

Enroute Noumea New Caledonia to Opua, NZ via Norfolk Island             24:52S 167:30E
 
Departed Noumea Wednesday 15th October and headed to Amedee Light just inside the fringing lagoon around New Caledonia. Dropped anchor and had a great lunch of fresh prawns while waiting for Storyteller who had a few last minute items to complete. Finally departed Amedee Passage at 15:30 hours and head for Cascade Bay on Norfolk Island. On board we have Bob Culbert, an old mate from Picton, NZ and Geoff Buick a new mate from Blenheim, NZ. Both from Marlborough wine country and Geoff has about 70 acres under sauvignon blanc and pinot. He and wife Mary arrived on board with a couple of samples. Well done!
 
Irene & Mary flew back to NZ, a couple of days apart and Irene & I hope to see Mary & Geoff again in January next year at Blenheim.
 
So far we have had a great trip with good winds in the right direction although we expect a southerly change later today. This will be with us, bashing into it until Cascade Bay, however once the high pushes in behind it we should have a great trip to NZ. Will arrive Norfolk Friday night, will spend Saturday and Saturday night in Norfolk and weather permitting, depart for Opua Sunday.
 
As usual Irene did a great job of pre-cooking all the meals and all we have really had to do it boil some vegies and heat up the meat.  This morning I served muffins with morning tea, straight out of the freezer, heated them on the stove and hey presto a tea party!
 
Thanks darling it has made it a lot easier.
 
Cheers JH _/)
 
 

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