Even on an overcast & wet day – Bay of Islands Sailing is Awesome
Sailing in the Bay of Islands with a clear blue sky and perfect breeze is the ideal. Clearly not always possible as Dennis, Elaine, Michael & Kathy recently discovered. However, even on an overcast (and at times a little wet) day they were still able to enjoy a wonderful time aboard Ataahua.
Leaving from Ataahua’s berth in the Bay of Islands Marina, skipper Ian invited our guests to try their hand at helming as we headed down Veronica Channel. Continuing on out past Russell and Tapeka Point, a course was set to Army Bay on Moturua Island. After anchoring in the lee of the headland, everyone climbed into the dinghy to travel the short distance ashore. Army Bay is so called as it was used to be a base during World War II. The remains of the barracks can still be seen today. A short walk up a hill took Dennis, Elaine, Michael and Kathy to the lookout point where they could fully appreciate the amazing expanse of the area and all the various islands and small islets.
Everyone safely back onboard before a perfectly timed light drizzle arrived, the full bimini cockpit cover meant that it was dry and relaxing for the extensive platter lunch, served with a range of beautiful Marsden Estate.
The drizzle had luckily dissipated by the time to raise the anchor and prepare for the homeward sail. However, the weather challenged us once again, with the wind being too light to keep the sails aloft. So, it was motoring once again and everyone having another turn at the helm. From the video below it was definitely a case of girls rule on this occasion!