Just another Saturday on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. We had finished race three of the annual Classic Yacht Regatta on the Stewart 34 Princess and were heading back to Westhaven from the finish line out in the Motukorea Channel. We passed the Rangitoto Channel just in time to catch race four of the Louis Vuitton Pacific series finals. Emirates [...]
If you were lucky enough to be in Auckland on this year’s Anniversary Day, you would have been treated to fine weather, beautiful sailing conditions and beautiful array of classic yachts taking part in the annual Anniversary Day Regatta.
My mates Bill Falconer and Charles Scoones invited me aboard their classic 1960 Stewart 34 Princess for [...]
My sailing mates Ellen McArthur and Neil Spencer flew up from Auckland to Noumea Sunday to join me on the 800-mile trip across the Coral Sea to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
A nasty tropical disturbance delayed the start of our passage by a day. The low that passed over Noumea Sunday night brought gale force winds [...]
June 5, 2004
Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour was a bustle of activity yesterday morning. Fourteen of the yachts berthed there (including Moonshadow), ranging in size from 36 feet to 100 feet, were making final preparations for the 1000-mile race to Noumea, organized by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.
By 1030 hours, we were as ready to go as [...]