Leaving Auckland City - yeeeha!
Craig's Dad Paul, enjoying being out on the water
Spot the wrinkles!
Leaving on Thursday evening we headed down the harbour and had a lovely sail to Islington Bay, Rangitoto It was nice to leave when everyone else was on the motorway heading home - it meant we had a good parking spot for the night without having 200 other boats too! A mini muffin with a candle was a birthday cake for Craig.
Happy birthday Daddy!
Miss 'Mermaid Freya'
Kids playing at Woody Bay, Rakino Island
Saturday morning brought more light winds so we headed out in search for the scallop patch - I managed to get two (free-diving in 4.7m of water), and Craig spent a bit more time in the water and got 10 - enough for a wee taste. They were hard to find and scarce, as it seems to be a popular spot!
After seeing the sea breeze come up we decided that a sail was in order and headed over to Oneroa, Waiheke where it seemed the other half of Auckland had arrived already! We had a great sail across, only 45minutes. Flat water and a sea breeze are perfect sailing conditions.
I still remember how to shell scallops!
After a relaxing evening watching 'Auckland' in front of us, we headed to bed early, then woke up trying to catch breakfast. We had a lovely morning with a visits from friends who I used to work with in town and another catamaran owner, Stephen Prinselaar and his kids, Saskia & Luka and a toddler friend of theirs, Ruby - our kids had met Ruby at Coromandel on our Xmas break so it was great to see her again! Stephen also had use of their friends dinghy with a 50hp motor on the back!!
Happy Birthday Stephen! (50hp and 50 years!)
Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island
Blake and his oar!
The mermaids drying out....
Scallop shell skimming
Mazuran seems so small from a gin palace!
Pulling out a bowl full of seaweed from our engine intake! (the bowl actually got full by the time we had finished!
Monday morning was another lovely morning and we spent it doing as little as possible. The kids helped with making pipi fritters for morning tea - yum! We also had a visit from a mother duck and her one duckling. It was so cute! We then saw a large kingfish not far from the boat - much to the kids delight, it wasn't interested in ducklings.
Kids making pipi fritters (note there are more shells and not many pipis in the mixture!)
Our neighbours from the viaduct, Thalia, coming out to Oneroa for the day.
Blake's whoppa snapper!