Crew: Geoff, Peter, Malcolm.
Forecast: Southerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots this morning, easing to variable 5 knots this evening. Sea slight. Cloudy periods, but long afternoon fine spells.
With the weather finally settling down after the Christmas storms, we arranged with Paul on Temptation to do a combined harbour sail and raft-up. Peter and Malcolm joined Geoff and we cast off from Chaffers Marina at midday. The No. 2 Jib and Mainsail were hoisted and with Peter on helm we headed across the harbour on a beam reach at around 6.5 kts towards Lowry Bay. Wind was a bit higher than expected (up to 20 kts) so we decided not to fly the Spinnaker.
Just south of Matiu/Somes Island Paul called us on the VHF to suggest we sail over to Kau Bay for the raft-up so we did an about-turn and headed into the wind towards Pt. Halswell. The sea was a bit rough at times with the occasional wave coming over the boat as we sailed close hauled at around 6 kts.
As we neared Kau Bay we saw that another boat, Kinja, a large 43 ft Beneteau, was already on the club mooring. We approached them and they agreed for us to raft up alongside. Temptation then joined us. We had a relaxing lunch break and socialising before casting off from the mooring at 1515 hrs. We decided to sail back with just the No. 2 Jib (no mainsail) following Paul’s example. Our mast head sloop performed surprisingly well in this configuration and with Malcolm on helm we were able to pass ahead of Temptation with their furling head-sail fractional rig.
Wind was dying out by the time we tied up at Chaffers at 1547 hrs.