37.01 S 174 32.09 E
This morning, after a cup of tea, I stowed the dinghy on deck, hoisted the mainsail, started the engine, weighed anchor and motored out of the entrance to Whangamumu Harbour back into the Pacific Ocean, or at least into its fringing waters. The wind was light for much of the morning so we continued motoring. A little before eleven we felt just enough breeze to give sailing a go, so we set the jib and shut down the BRM. It was touch and go with Sylph just managing a little over a knot but as the sun reached its zenith the breeze filled in a little more taking Sylph to a steady three knots. We rounded Tutukaka Head and entered the narrow entrance, also rock strewn, to Tutukaka Harbour, dropping anchor in the harbour’s clear waters at precisely 1500.
Since then we have been ashore for a bit of an explore and a beer at the Deep Sea Anglers Club. It seems the locals do some serious fishing around here.
Now we are back on board and it’s time for pizza.
All is well.