|Sailing with triple-reefed mainsail and reefed yankee|
|Three reefs makes the mainsail very small so we have only had to use it in this configuration a couple of times since we bought the boat|
|Practicing heaving-to with just the staysail and the main|
|The 'backed' staysail balances the mainsail so the boat all-but stops in the water and sits comfortably balanced|
|The staysail is 'self-tacking' so a strap was needed to keep the sheet car to windward|
On Friday evening the wind calmed down and the sun returned so we now have blue skies and hot sunshine. We're currently anchored in a bay about a mile from Opua and went ashore last night for a lovely supper with Peter and Angela in their beautiful house overlooking the bay. Peter is 'Mr Northland Radio' so gave us a tour of his hugely-impressive radio room; it was great to be able to see his work space as no doubt we'll be chatting to him from the Tropics this year.
|The view from Peter and Angela's house - Maunie is to the far right|