Ahhhhhhhhhhh……can you feel that? Bodhran is actually a sailboat again. It’d been 14 months since Bodhran had last spread her wings. I wasn’t sure that she still remembered how. Well obviously I didn’t remember how to stow things properly. We didn’t break anything important on our inaugural sail, but the cabin sole looked like a yard sale and I did have a can of Boeshield T-9 explode leaving a nice sheen of oil over everything else that fell.
So the original plan was to work on the boat in Whangarei until January 28th and then spend a week out at Great Barrier Island before heading into Auckland on February 5th to meet up with Tiffany’s mom. Well the sun was out and all the current projects were done, so I woke up Monday moring, told the marina office that we were checking out and 4 hours later we were on our way down river to Parua Bay. The wind was out of the Southeast, so sailing was out of the question, and Parua Bay was a bit bumpy, but it was so nice being out of the marina. The new to me Autohelm 6000 did a fine job steering most of the way. It’s ridiculously powerful for my boat, but better that than the alternative. The main reason for heading to Parua Bay was to meet up with Christian on Irie. Christian is another local boy from back in Bellingham, who is now a singlehander. We’re hoping to do some buddy boating together before he has to fly back and replenish his cruising kitty in late March.
So we spent two days in Parua Bay being as lazy as humanly possible. There was much cooking, swimming and card playing and we even got a little sail in, but there were just too many shoals around and so we only sailed for about half an hour. Then this morning, Irie and Bodhran pulled up their hooks and motored the last hour and a half down river and got back out to the Pacific Ocean. The wind was still out of the East Southeast, so we turned north and got a proper 20 mile sail in up to Tutukaka. With light wind and sloppy seas, the autopilot still did a fine job steering and Bodhran performed admirably after her year long hiatus. Unfortunately the wind is supposed to blow strong out of the Southeast for the next 3 days, so we’ll probably be here in Tutukaka at least through Sunday. Hopefully we’ll still have time to make it down to Great Barrier by the time the predominant Southwesterlies fill in.