Category Archives: New Zealand Logs

Fishing on the Hauraki Gulf

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The “Jolly Mon” Arrives in Auckland

Our new (to us) Mainship 390 trawler “Jolly Mon” arrived in Auckland on Monday the 10th of December.  The little ship and her contents were no worse for the month-long trip on the deck of a cargo ship from West … Continue reading

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The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

Just another Saturday on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.  We had finished race three of the annual Classic Yacht Regatta on the Stewart 34 Princess and were heading back to Westhaven from the finish line out in the Motukorea Channel.  We passed the Rangitoto … Continue reading

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Auckland Anniversary Day

If you were lucky enough to be in  Auckland on this year’s Anniversary Day, you would have been treated to fine weather, beautiful sailing conditions and beautiful array of classic yachts taking part in the annual Anniversary Day Regatta. My … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: The Auckland to Noumea Race

June 5, 2004 Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour was a bustle of activity yesterday morning. Fourteen of the yachts berthed there (including Moonshadow), ranging in size from 36 feet to 100 feet, were making final preparations for the 1000-mile race to … Continue reading

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Christmas in New Zealand

Christmas in New Zealand is more social than commercial, just the way I like it. One would have to look pretty hard to find a Christmas tree lot around here, as the Christmas tree of choice down here is … Continue reading

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Great Barrier Island: Holidays at “The Barrier”

  Twin Island Bay, Port Fitzroy The favored overseas holiday destination of many Auckland “boaties” is Great Barrier Island. Just 50 miles by water from Auckland City, “The Barrier” is a different world from mainland New Zealand, and you … Continue reading

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The Coastal Classic: Auckland to Russell

November 08, 2002 The Coastal Classic     The start of the race in Auckland. 2000-odd sailors, 228 yachts, 120 miles of New Zealand coastline, a 3-day weekend and one big party. This is the annual NZ Multihull Yacht … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: Musket Cove, Fiji to Auckland

September 15, 2002 Bula! Here we are once again, sitting on a beautiful South Pacific Island (in this case, Malolo Lailai, Fiji), preparing to sail to New Zealand for the summer/cyclone season/America’s Cup. We had planned to leave this … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: The Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Rally

April 24, 2002 We are getting ready to head north for the winter and do a bit of cruising in Fijian waters for the next five months or so. We plan to depart midday Sunday with the Ponsonby Crusing … Continue reading

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