I nearly said Waione. ah well, a constant refrain from people this last week was "I don't know how you guys fitted in that boat for so long" Must have been 6 or 7 people said it.
The funniest was a friend ,Mike, who I helped aboard and sat with talking boats for 15 minutes before he clicked. I think he thought the previous owner was down below having a kip.LOL.
Anyway , we got away not very early on friday and found we a had a nice reach straight to Kawau island, about 25 or 30 miles away. The mahurangi cruising club has been running an easter rally out of North Cove for the last few years. we enjoyed it imensely last year so off we went.
This mizzen staysail lark is a big find. Man what a powerful sail, it adds horsepower right in the middle of the boat and means you simply don't need to change up a jib. You just haul this thing up and voila, another 300 odd feet. A great passagemaking sail because of course with the overlap you cant tack or gybe without dousing it and resetting.
The teak pillow
We were meeting up with three other boats and somehow ours suddenly looked like this
a common theme over the week.There are twelve people in that shot, I think there may have been another twelve on deck and in the cockpit