Brian, the new owner, and I departed Whangaroa this morning around 10, clearing the harbour under motor and hoisting all sail for a light air beat up the remainder of the North Island. We should round the North Cape around dusk and be on our way south down the west coast by tomorrow morning. We hope to reach D'Urville island at the northern end of the South Island in about 5 or 6 days. Stronger head winds are forecast for a few days out so we may take a rest at New Plymouth en route. Mike and Marni on Picara are also bound south so we plan to keep a radio schedule with them on this passage.
Current position at 13:15 local time is 34 51 N 173 35 E Sunny skies and very light northerly winds with a gentle ground swell less than one meter. Very pleasant sailing.