10 Thoughts After Arriving in New Zealand

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We have great boat kids. Hazel and Leo now think that doing a 1,000 mile passage is no big deal. They sleep all night. They hold their bowls patiently on their laps when they are feeling queasy. They focus on their work when Sophie school is in session. They can share a cabin and bed when we have guest crew without (much) fighting and yelling. They get incredibly creative and funny. Leo yesterday jumped 2,500 times on the trampoline, and Hazel thinks its a blast when the wind off the jib makes her hair go straight up. 500 miles from the nearest land.

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Only Jenna and Hazel (and maybe the ice princess Caroline Sollenberg) would think that a good way to kill time on a passage would be to braid a bikini strap into your hair.

I love Leo’s sense of ridiculousness. (Look again at the photo).

We REALLY need to get our Webasto diesel cabin heater fixed. Immediately. A week ago it was too hot for a blanket at night, and this morning it’s 53 degrees in our cabin. For us right now that is REALLY COLD!!!!!

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Throughout the last 3 months, I joked with people at the various cruising bars that our strategy for arriving in New Zealand was to hit the customs dock with one gallon of fuel left in Sophie. (The theory being you use all your fuel to outrun fronts and storms). I think we succeeded in our strategy. The left photo shows what’s remaining in our port fuel tank, and the right photo shows what’s left in the starboard tank (and the tank is empty when the needle hits the 1/8 mark). Have I mentioned lately that we averaged 8.33 knots over a 1,000 mile passage? Also, there is a fuel dock 30 meters from us.

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For what it’s worth, this photo shows what’s left in our port water tank. The starboard tank is empty, and our watermaker has basically stopped working. The fuel dock apparently has water as well.

We had a wonderful time in Fiji over the last 2 months, but over the last week Jenna and I both remembered how much we love sailing offshore. We’ve now sailed around 7,000 miles over the last year. And the fact that we are doing it together makes it special.

I am a much, much better sailor now than I was a year ago.

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The Bay of Islands is stunning. We are going to spend the next 6 months in New Zealand, and Sophie will spend most of that time here. I can’t wait to get started. We have already started spotting the boats of friends we’ve met over the summer. The people are all the same, they’re just now a lot colder.

The adventure continues. We are blessed to have the opportunity to do this with our lives.

2 thoughts on “10 Thoughts After Arriving in New Zealand

  1. Hi, I am the current owner of Sarita, HR46, which I believe you previously owned. We bought her in San Diego 3 years ago and have been sailing up in the PNW inc Alaska before we head home to Australia. WE love the boat and are currently wintering on her in Friday Harbor. Thought you might be interested, or not. richard@svsarita.com PS My sister’s name was Sara so Sarita is very apt. Purely chance, or not??

    • Hi Richard!

      Sorry for the slow reply. I hope Sarita is treating you well. She’s a beautiful boat, named after my daughter Sara. (When Sara was born in Berkeley in 1985, we had a Salvadoran babysitter who called her Sarita. The first time I heard that, I said to myself that I would someday give that name to a boat. I did!)

      Are you heading back to Aus next year? We are in NZ for the “summer” and will head up to Tonga and Fiji in May. It would be wonderful to connect with you.

      Any questions about the boat? I’d love to talk to you for hours about it.

      Jamie

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