Tied up at the Q dock at Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

35° 19' 0" S, 174° 7' 0" E

Tied up to the Q dock at Opua at 2115 local time tonight after a perfect sailing day. At 0200 last night we finally emerged from under that stationary front and within a few minutes the wind picked up to a steady 20kn+ on the beam. It settled down a bit in the early morning and we had great day on a beam reach, averaging close to 6kn. We made landfall around 2pm and sailed into the Bay of Islands just before sunset. Hard to imagine a more beautiful finish to this passage (and - in a way - to our journey here that started from the US East Coast a year ago). Now we need to clear in tomorrow morning, figure out some berthing/mooring arrangement for a few days and then look forward to a visit from Seabright on Sunday. All is well aboard, stay tuned...


Congratulations on a really fine accomplishment. It's been wonderful to follow this leg of your journey. I've loved travelin along vicariously and look forward one day to hearing the tale in person. Meanwhiile, Bernadette and I send you our love. D

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