Spring Sail Wellington Harbour – 11 Sept 2021

Crew: Geoff, Jason, Nina, Murray, Corrinna.

Forecast: Northerly 10 knots. Sea slight. Fine.

It was forecast to be a beautiful spring day in Wellington. A perfect opportunity to blow the cobwebs out of Halo (being a month since our last sail due to Covid lockdown) and to have a fun cruise around Wellington Harbour.

The plan was to sail with Temptation and join them for a raft-up somewhere nice. The slight northerly breeze was varying between 6 and 12 kts so we rigged up the No. 2 Jib and cast off from Chaffers Marina at midday.

Once the sails were up and engine switched off we were making good progress with Nina on helm tacking NNE towards Ngauranga doing around 5.5 kts in around 11 kts of wind. Then the phone rang. It was Paul from Temptation advising that due to problems with their gearbox they wouldn’t be sailing today. Bugger. We asked if any of their crew wanted to join us. The answer was yes, so we turned back. Rather than going back into the marina we motored up to the breastworks next to Te Papa. By this time there were quite a few boats going in and out of the marina as well as the barge Patiki which had partially blocked the channel. We eventually got in and picked up Corinna and re-started our sailing.

We headed northeast towards Somes Island almost on a beam reach with Corinna taking a turn on helm. We sailed past the stern of the Interislander Kaiarahi which was anchored in the harbour. With the medium spinnaker rigged we then made a right-hand turn for the run south. With Murray taking over the helm we hoisted the spinnaker and had a lovely cruise down the harbour past Point Gordon.

The plan was to tie up at the club mooring at Scorching Bay but we noticed it was already occupied so we turned back up towards Kau Bay. As we approached the mooring Geoff remembered that we had lost the boat hook in the previous sailing so to pick up the mooring we motored in backwards to the buoy. Jason leaned out over the transom and was able to grab the buoy and we walked it round to the bow cleat.

The kettle was put on and we enjoyed nice teas and coffees and relaxing conversation in the beautiful Kau Bay. We noticed an unusually large number of boats out in the harbour taking advantage of the the post-lockdown spring day perfect for sailing.

At 1534 hrs we cast off from the mooring and sailed round Pt. Halswell, Pt Jerningham and back in to Chaffers Marina. Total trip 14 nautical miles.

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