|Ithaka sailing in Tonga in 2013|
It was whilst we were having these nightly radio 'scheds' that the latest in a series of frankly spooky Stormvogel / Maunie connections came to light. About a week ago, a new voice called up at the end of our radio net and it was a chap called Peter Mott who has set up a new, private, NZ shore radio station (based in Russell, just across the estuary from here) called Northland Radio. Since then he’s called up each night and has been super-helpful in advising on best frequencies to use at the huge distances, so we invited him and his wife Angela to come over to Maunie on Tuesday.
Over coffee he said he used to be a sailing yacht man but moved over to a power boat and had a Nordhavn 47 which he bought in the States and brought to NZ. “Oh,” we said, “ we have great friends, Peter and Heidi, crewing on one of those across the Atlantic at the moment. It’s called Southern Star.”
“That was my boat!” he replied, “I sold it to Robbie (the current owner).”
Back here we are about to get off Maunie for a week and, to be honest, we are looking forward to a little break from the boat work. Graham has taken a saw to one of the lockers and Dianne has been joining in the fun with some water pump maintenance:
|The Fridge Project continues - more to follow!|
|Di accessing the nether regions of the water pump|
We are driving south for what promises to be a fun weekend in Tauranga to celebrate Lionel (skipper of Kiapa) turning 60. After that we are heading into the wilderness for a 4-day hike, involving three overnights in trekking huts, around Lake Waikaremoana - it's one of NZ's "Great Walks" so we are looking forward to it, with a slight degree of trepidation.