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November 13, 2018, 6:48 pm
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
18°C
real feel: 18°C
current pressure: 1020 mb
humidity: 75%
wind speed: 7 km/h E
wind gusts: 18 km/h
sunrise: 5:50 am
sunset: 8:03 pm
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Once again we escaped early for a well earned break away at Lake Rotoiti on the our wee yacht Sun Dancer. The weather pretty good with a few days of wind and a couple of showers.  The threat of a Tropical cyclone baring down on the country saw us pack up after 13 days to come home.  We all had a good rest and enjoyed the company of the yachties on the Lake and our daily hot swim.

 

This past week I took a 4 day voyage on the Tall Ship Spirit of New Zealand. I didnt really have any expectations of the trip other than to experience a large sailing ship..

Meeting 34 other participants and 8 crew and all working together as a team to keep the 286 tonne $22M vessel under sail was quite an experience.. My watch shift was from 12-4.. that is 12noon – 4pm.. and then up again at 12 midnight until 4am.. Very tiring !

Amazingly on the way we rounded the active White Island volcano, saw two whales, dolphins and penguins. Rewards at night were seeing the numerous shooting stars and magical phosphorescence dancing on the waterline down the ship. Not to mention spending time 100′ up on the mast while swaying side to side.

I managed to get some nice images from my small drone also.

I am going to apply to be a volunteer crew as I feel the ship is a valuable experience for us.. young and old.

 

While Silke was at the Yoga Festival in Taupo, Nina , Luca and I took off to Lake Rotoiti for the long Waitangi Weekend. Waking just in time for the Classic & Wooden Boat parade.. 70 odd boats powered by steam, petrol and diesel.. A wonderful sight!

 

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