A fortnight ago, it was my birthday, and friends Maren and Rob invited me for a birthday soiree, along with Marcus, Graeme and Roger - good friends and fellow junkies. Maren greeted us with astonishingly strong cocktails, and I was given the chance of a long soak in a hot bath. What a treat! The rest of the afternoon and evening were spent eating, drinking and talking, while watching the sun set in the distance. There is the most wonderful view over Whangarei Harbour from their house - ever changing and ever beautiful. We all stayed the night, had a splendid brunch and sat around looking through the NZ JRA library, which is housed there. Some lovely books about Chinese junks with great photographs.
Roger and Graeme came to view progress on SibLim on their way home, and by the time they left, I'd decided it was hardly worth doing any more.
Last weekend saw the Winter junket. A commendable four boats made it. I was going to opt out, having done nothing the previous weekend, but was persuaded by the thought of Shoestring's wood burner. Marcus and I towed Freebie down on a trailer and were joined at Scott's Landing, Mahurangi by Graeme. By the time we'd rigged the boat, it was blowing great guns, and Marcus was more than happy that he had traded with Walter for Pacific Spray's 2 hp outboard, which drove us manfully over to where Shoestring lay comfortably anchored. La Chica joined us some time later, and we all snugged down on Shoestring, with the fire burning away. It was no day for sailing.
However, the next day dawned flat calm and we decided to go out and see if we could find some wind.
La Chica must be bitterly disappointed and is looking for a new owner. She is, as they say, ready to go. Just add water. Anyone looking for an 'expedition vessel'?
Back to SibLim.
There is still more paint to apply, but I'm hoping to start fitting everything in place, soon.