Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We are sailing, we are sailing…..

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I am currently at Whakamaru Recreation Reserve. #3286 with Dragons’ Rest, my sister and her husband. Today is their 43rd wedding anniversary and they started with a lovely bacon and egg breakfast.

Yesterday I arrived here at about 12.30 and had a bit of a wander about on the bike waiting to see what the wind would do. Not much as it turned out but I decided that I would give it  go anyway. Roger and I set up the cat and carried it down to the waters edge.

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It was a lovely little quiet sail with little to no breeze but it was apparent to me just how little breeze it takes to move the MiniCat through the water.

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It was a lovely evening with a guy fishing off the point. We became armchair critics of his technique but were very aware that it was harder than he made it look.

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So this area is magnificent. The lake is just above the Whakamaru Dam, and is nestled amongst some interesting landscapes.

This morning was a bit overcast but a bit of a breeze so after my breakfast I headed out onto the lake again.

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Unfortunately I struck a patch of weed and was becalmed for a while, but then managed a lovely hour sailing across the lake and back, tacking upstream and having a lovely time. Interesting when I wasn’t paying attention and hit a patch of weed and came to a grinding halt, but a bit of to and fro on the tiller got me free and away I was again.

The cloud is starting to lift now at 11:45am and the sun is starting to peek through and the wind has died off so it might be a kayak this afternoon, or might do a bit of a bike ride as we are on the last third of the Waikato River Trail. I am probably going to be doing most of it over the next week or so.

At least for the next while I am in decent internet area so can post a bit more regularly.

My condolences, late though they are, go out to Bernice from the brvannini.wordpress.com who’s father passed away last week. I know the feeling when families only get together for funerals. My sisters and I had not been all together for over 20 years before we all came together for my mum’s funeral last year. I am glad that you are blogging again.