Category Archives: New Zealand Logs

Memorial to Sir Peter Blake

One can only guess what Aucklanders would have been doing this cloudy morning had Sir Peter Blake been wearing his lucky red socks instead of carrying a rifle when the Brazilian “river rats” boarded the Blake Expeditions research yacht Seamaster … Continue reading

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The Round Rangitoto Race With MaxSea

Two of the wonderful things about being based in Auckland for the summer are the very active race scene here, and all the beautiful islands in close proximity to the city. We took advantage of both last Saturday and participated … Continue reading

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Back in the First World (Auckland)

After five months of cruising in “the boonies,” re-entry into civilization is a bit of a shocker. It is great to be back “home” in Auckland, but it may take us awhile to catch our breath and adjust from “island … Continue reading

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A Week in the Bay of Islands

One of the most difficult aspects of passaging for me is falling into a regular sleep routine. I never get all the sleep I want underway, but after a few days, I seem to get just what I need. The … Continue reading

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Landfall in New Zealand

Monday afternoon offered up some beautiful downwind sailing and some fresh fish for the galley. With twenty knots from the north-northwest, and a gentle swell, Moonshadow was eating up miles like a thoroughbred headed for the barn. Downwind sailing at … Continue reading

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Back in New Zealand

At the moment we are anchored in Karaka Bay, Port Abercrombie, off the ruggedly beautiful Great Barrier Island, about 55 nautical miles from Auckland. Adam and Eric, my visiting Yank crew, are off diving for scallies (scallops) and crayfish (lobster) … Continue reading

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The “New Moon” Party

Thirteen months ago Moonshadow was lying on a reef on the remote French Polynesian atoll of Arutua. Nine months ago I arrived in Auckland, in the middle of winter, not knowing anyone, facing the arduous task of rebuilding my floating … Continue reading

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Autumn Update From Auckland

As the summer “down under” is edging into autumn, I have been spending a bit of time over the last week reflecting upon my last few months in New Zealand. It has been, as they say here, “full on.”

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Moonshadow Update, Road Trip Logs

The days are getting longer, the weather warmer and the gardens are in blossom. It can mean only one thing, Christmas down under! 

I have received a lot of email from friends asking what I’ve been up to the last … Continue reading

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Land Cruising in New Zealand

Well, I’ve been here in New Zealand now for just about eight weeks so I thought I’d give you an update on Moonshadow and share a few of my impressions and experiences of this wonderful and unique country. 

New Zealand … Continue reading

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