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Somes Island - 5 June 2016

posted 5 Jun 2016, 03:21 by Geoff Head   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 08:56 ]
Met Service Forecast: Northerly 10 knots developing this morning, turning southerly 10 knots late evening. Sea slight. Fine, apart from a few cloudy periods.
Windfinder Forecast: 12h to 13h: 13 kts NW gusting 16 kts. Fine. 13 degrees. 
Crew: Joanna, Stu, Graciela, Geoff

After a long bout of crappy weather in Wellington we finally got out on Halo for a blat around the harbour on a beautiful autumn day. First time for Joanna sailing on Halo! With Mainsail and No. 2 Headsail and Joanna at the helm keeping us on the straight and narrow, we made good progress on a port tack to the anchorage on the south side of Somes Island where we dropped the anchor. Enjoyed a nice lunch and then headed back home. 

The wind dropped down to 5 kts after a while so we decided to start the motor. Quickly noticed that there was not much water coming out the exhaust and just a bit of smoke. Geoff inspected the engine and all looked OK but then the water cooling alarm sounded and we stopped the engine. After calling Travis to confirm, we removed the impeller and discovered one of the leaves on the unit had broken off and possibly stopping it from turning. Replaced with the spare but the water flow still appeared wrong so we left the motor off and slowly sailed back to Chaffers Marina. 

We sailed all the way back into the marina and glided into our berth using the mainsail and no motor assist.  Wonderful!