Mar 20 - Rain, and more rain

The Northland has been getting inundated with very heavy rains for days now, and flooding has occurred in many of the surrounding districts. High winds and gale warnings have lashed the area, and a friend of ours at anchor nearby recorded 47 knots of wind the other night. Not too much fun for being outdoors, but we've been busy down below and even managed one short trip to Pahia to drop off Webb Chiles (who we met several years ago at Shelter Bay Marina in Panama) at a hotel there while he awaits to see if his flight from Keri Keri to Aukland is still on or cancelled due to adverse weather. Webb's told us he's bought a 24' Moore 24 and intends to set her up for long distance cruising, so The Hawke of Tounela, his present boat on a mooring in front of the Opua Cruising Club, is for sale. Btw, for all us dreamers out there, Webb's completed five circumnavigations, has written extensively, and you can enjoy his web site at
The water color gets the most uninviting shades of brown with all the runoff.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


You are really living on a boat! :) Hope you remember the two girls from NYC you met on a Milford Sound boat tour late February. I, one of them who told you preparing for a big change :), arrived in Seoul last week and finally took a chance to check your blog and it's fascinating! Again, l admire your life fulfilling the dream of full-time cruising. I will come back as often as possible to enjoy your writing and great pics. Yeah, I heard that another storm is hitting Northland. Safe trip!