Welcome to the Maunie of Ardwall blog

This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall charting our adventures as we sail around the world. The boat is now on the east coast of Australia while we spend a summer back in Britain.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Leaving Auckland

After a really good City Break, we're leaving Auckland today in bright sunshine to go and sail around the Hauraki Gulf. We've thoroughly enjoyed the city and even did the touristy thing to go up the Sky Tower the other day - 220m up at the Observation Deck gives you a pretty good view of the harbour.

There's another Photosynth view from the tower here

and a second here

As we were preparing Maunie for sea yesterday we had a visitor call in for afternoon tea - Neil Murray is head of the Coastguard Boating Education operation here (they run Yachtmaster courses and similar) and he was the skipper of the first Challenge yacht that we sailing on for a crossing from Plymouth to St Malo back in 1999! Small world!

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