Position: 45 52.30 S 170 31.62 E
As planned, we departed the anchorage inside Otago Harbour heads at 1700 and motored ten miles up the channel to Dunedin with the flooding tide lifting our average speed to seven knots. We needed about a meter of tide to cross over the shallow mud bank at the entrance into the Otago Yacht Club’s small boat harbour and arrived a little early. So, to kill a little time, we motored past the yacht club and explored the city’s old, largely run-down dock region. Progress is certainly a two-edged sword, with the old labour intensive but lively scenes of city docklands replaced by the clean clinical efficiency of mechanised ports generally well removed from the cities’ now gentrified hub.
After our little explore, at 1920 we entered the Otago Yacht Club’s narrow entrance and came alongside a pontoon under the careful guidance of Barry, the yacht club’s resident caretaker.
Given the weather pattern, we will likely spend Christmas here in Dunedin doing a few chores, replenishing supplies, and generally relaxing, hopefully to continue south early next week.
All is well.