With Christmas and the NZ summer holidays here, the huge marinas of Auckland are emptying fast as the 'Jafas' (Just Another Friendly Aucklander - may have got the F word wrong), as they are known by other Kiwis, head out to the islands. So our timing with the Gammans aboard was perfect last week - it was definitely the lull before the storm in terms of boat movements so we had anchorages, that will now have hundreds of boats in them, almost to ourselves,.
The wind was pretty brisk so we had some lovely sailing and the wine tasting at Man o' War winery on Waiheke Island was a highlight.
|Steve, Amy, Dianne and Barbara start the arduous task of tasting 10 wines at Man o' War|
|The result of Barbara's beachcombing|
|Still standing after the winery visit! Maunie anchored behind.|
|Bright sunshine but a cool breeze so Amy sports the latest in sailing headgear|
|Watching the Waiheke coastline slide by|
|Oneroa Bay panorama, Waiheke|
|Newly added art installation - Bell on Wheels?|
|Beating back towards Auckland with up to 33 knots over the deck|
|Lion New Zealand - iconic Kiwi Whitbread Round the World race|
|Another Kiwi sailing icon - Steinlager II|
|Steve enjoying the conditions|
|Beating into the sun, with Auckland on the horizon|