Back to Mākaro/Ward Island – 4 Jan 2022 – 8 Jan 2022

Crew: Geoff, Graciela, Fleur, Anzak, Imogene and Tennyson.

Forecast: Southerly 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots by early morning. Northerly 10 knots developing by midday, rising to 15 knots in the afternoon.

We cast off from our Chaffers berth at 1240 hrs and headed out into the harbour sailing with the mainsail and No. 3 jib. The plan was to go to explore Ward Island but the wind had turned to the north which wasn’t ideal as the club mooring is on the north side of the island. Plan B which was to visit the mooring at Scorching Bay which provides protection from the northerlies. By the time we passed Kau Bay the wind was only 10 kts and we could see the mooring was unoccupied so we decided to continue on to Ward Island.

We had a great sail across the harbour with Anzac on helm and then introduced 8 year old Tennyson to helming. He did very well, taking to it like a natural! We put out the fishing line in the hope of catching a kahawai with the spinner but got no bites.

On arrival at Ward Island at 1345 hrs we picked up the mooring. After lunch we launched the dinghy and ferried everybody over to the island, except Graciela who swam over. The water was fairly choppy which meant we all got a bit wet in our little dinghy. Tennyson, Anzac and Geoff enjoyed a swim at the beach and after some exploring of the island we all headed back to Halo.

Following afternoon teas and coffees, and more attempts at fishing, we cast off from the mooring at 1655 hrs and had a good sail back to Wellington docking at our berth at Chaffers at 1753 hrs.

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