Ward Island with Grant

posted 5 Oct 2018, 17:22 by Geoff Head   [ updated 8 Oct 2018, 20:11 ]

Crew:  Geoff and Grant

Marine Forecast: Friday : Northwest 20 knots gusting 30 knots, easing to 15 knots this morning, then turning southerly 10 knots early afternoon. Rising to southeast 15 knots about the south coast this evening. Moderate sea, easing this morning. Partly cloudy,fair visibility in a few showers from evening.

Departed Chaffers Marina at 1030 hrs and hoisted Main and No. 3 Genoa. With about with 10 kts southerly we progressed East towards Ward Island with speed picking up to 6 kts once we cleared Point Halswell. Arrived at Ward Island and picked up the mooring at 1133 hrs.  After morning tea and bird watching we sailed off the mooring at 1217 and sailed at a close reach towards Lambton Harbour. Put out the fishing line (with no expectations) but to my surprise we caught a nice big Kahawai. Arrived back at 1315 hrs. Grant showed me how to fillet the fish. See video below.


Wellington Harbour with Bruce and James - 12 Sept 2018

posted 13 Sep 2018, 15:02 by Geoff Head   [ updated 13 Sep 2018, 15:08 ]

Crew: Geoff, Bruce, James 

Forecast: Wednesday : Northerly 15 knots but 20 knots about the south coast developing by late morning, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots but 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the south this afternoon. Sea becoming rough this afternoon. Cloud developing this morning, becoming fine this afternoon.

We met on Halo at 1000 hrs and after the safety briefing we cast off from Chaffers Marina at 1024 hrs. Due to a mixed bag of predicted winds we decided to go conservative and hoisted the No. 3 Jib with full main and headed East past Point Halswell in a brisk (15 kts) NNE wind we averaged 6.5 kts close hauled across the harbour with Bruce on helm. We avoided the Straitsman ferry by about 6 minutes as it crossed our path coming into the harbour. We arrived at the club mooring south of Matiu/Somes island at 1145 hrs.

After lunch and a hot drink we released the mooring at 1237 hrs and set sail with James on helm on a beam reach back to Chaffers. Cruised along at a good speed up to 7kts at times in winds averaging 18-20 kts.  Arrived at 1326 hrs back into the dock.


Chaffers to Seaview - 22 June 2018

posted 24 Jun 2018, 22:30 by Geoff Head   [ updated 24 Jun 2018, 22:37 ]

Crew - Geoff & Murray

Forecast - Variable winds 5 kts, clear skies.

Popped over to Seaview Marina to use up the $50 Fuel Voucher we won on the 24-Hour Race - before it expires.

Rigged up the No,1 LT Genoa and Main and departed Chaffers at 1146 hrs. Due to the lack of wind we motored across the harbour at 6 kts testing out the GPS Repeater to follow the OpenCPN course to Seaview. Got to the fuel jetty at 1253 hrs and met Tony who sorted out our voucher for us and we filled up the diesel tank.  We left Halo at the jetty and visited Burnsco and had lunch at the waterside Compass Cafe.

Cast off from the jetty at 1342 hrs and motored back to Chaffers (still no wind to fill the sails) using the Autopilot to arrive at Chaffers at 1445 hrs. 


Wgtn Harbour with Bob and Nicky - 9 May 2018

posted 8 May 2018, 22:30 by Geoff Head   [ updated 9 May 2018, 23:13 ]

Crew: Geoff, Bob, Nicky and Shorty (the dog).

Forecasts: Northerly 15 knots, easing to variable 5 knots this afternoon. Northeast 10 knots developing this evening. Sea slight. Fine weather.

After the safety briefing we cast off from Chaffers Marina at 1006 hrs. After giving Bob some practise on helm motoring around we hoisted the Mainsail and No. 3 Jib and tacked our way across the harbour towards Somes Island. Good 16 kts northerly breeze with stronger gusts coming thru at times. Boat speed 6 to 6.5 kts SOG. 

Arrived at south end of Somes Island at 1140 and picked up the mooring and had lunch.  Shorty was getting anxious to go to the toilet on land so we sailed across to Seaview Marina and tied up up at the visitors dock at 1326 and had a nice coffee and let Shorty run around and do his business.

Departed Seaview at 1416 and had a fast sail back to Wellington with tail wind and Bob doing a great job on helm. Speed up to 7.2 kts at times!

Arrived back at Chaffers at 1526 hrs. 

Picton to Wellington - 15 April 2018

posted 12 Apr 2018, 02:13 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 10:22 ]

Crew: Geoff & Grant
Cook Coastal Forecast: Southeast 15 knots, turning Sunday morning northeast 10 knots, then rising late Sunday northerly 25 knots.
Travelling Eastbound: Leave Tory Channel 2 hours after the tidal stream commences setting E. You will have a favourable tidal stream across Cook Strait and through the Cape Terawhiti-Sinclair Head area.
Preferred weather: Northerly wind.

The Plan:

Friday 13 Apr Geoff takes 9 am ferry to Picton.

Saturday 14 Apr: Crew join Geoff in Picton. Sail to Ngaruru Bay in Tory Channel for overnight stay on club mooring.

Sunday 15 Apr 2018 Tory Channel tidal stream begins setting East 0841 hrs. 

Depart Ngaruru Bay 0930 hrs
Tory Entrance 1030
Thoms Rock 1408
Sinclair Head 1439
Chaffers Passage 1552
Point Halswell 1638
Lambton Harbour 1700


Nelson to Picton 1-2 April 2018

posted 12 Apr 2018, 02:01 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 03:07 ]

Crew: Geoff & Graciela

D'Urville Island to Nelson - 30 March 2018

posted 29 Mar 2018, 21:05 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 03:13 ]

Crew: Geoff & Graciela

Forecast Coastal Area Abel: Northerly 15 knots easing to variable 10 knots south of Separation Point this evening. 

Arriving in Nelson Marina

Picton to D'Urville Island - 28 March 2018

posted 26 Mar 2018, 20:23 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 03:19 ]

Crew: Geoff, Graciela

Forecast Stephens: Northwest 15 knots west of Stephens Island Wednesday morning, then becoming northwest 15 knots but southwest 15 knots in the west Wednesday afternoon. 


Cruising Sounds 12-27 March 2018

posted 26 Mar 2018, 20:17 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Apr 2018, 11:15 ]

Based in Picton, Blackwood Bay.

Crew: Geoff, Graciela, Jenny, Jono, Isabelle and Max.


Cook Strait Crossing Wgtn to Picton - 10 March 2018

posted 26 Mar 2018, 20:13 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 03:21 ]

Crew: Geoff, Paul, Robyn, Carine

Forecast Cook: Southerly 35 knots, easing to 20 knots this morning, and to variable 10 knots this afternoon. Very rough sea,easing. Southerly swell 2 metres.
Forecast Wellington Marine: Southerly 20 knots gusting 30 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast, easing to southerly 15 knots everywhere late morning, and to 10 knots this afternoon. Becoming variable 5 knots this evening. Rough sea in the south, easing this morning. Fair visibility in showers, clearing this morning and becoming fine.

The plan:

0900 hrs Leave Chaffers Marina
1130 hrs Arrive Sinclair Head (2.5 hrs at 5 kts)
1530 hrs Arrive Tory Channel (4 hrs at 5 kts)
1900 hrs Arrive Picton (3.5 hrs at 5 kts)

Meet at Halo no later than 8.30 am Saturday to ensure time for pre-trip safety briefing etc. 


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