New Zealand to Fiji Passage Sail-by our friend Mike B. from Denver

New Zealand to Fiji Passage Sail
April 25 thru May 8, 2010
Mike Boggess here! I am reporting on my time spent with Mike, Marney and Gary in New Zealand and Fiji.
I left Denver, Colorado in the afternoon of April 23rd and arrived in Auckland NZ at 5:25am on Sunday the 25th! Long flight but I [...]

NEW ZEALAND bye, bye…

Our world ’sail about’ has been one adventure after another and many memories emblazed in our minds. New Zealand has been a huge part of these wonderful memories. We’ve been in NZ since December. It has been an absolute pleasure to be in a country this long to be able to really [...]

Opua – by Gary Dawson

We are back in Opua, 5 months ago this is were Nicole , Colby and myself made our first New Zealand Landfall. Wow! has it been that long? Did alot too, from caving to touring the South Island by train and bus and Ferry and many adventures in between including finding the most awesome hugging [...]

Moving North – New Zealand

We’ve made our way to Bay of Islands which is located in the northern part of the North Island. Captain Cook came here and named it Bay of Islands for the 100+ islands that line the coast. It is beautiful, to say the least.
We had a terrible loss of many of our pictures [...]

Challenging Adventures – by Gary Dawson

The big event this week was that I got my Kite Surfing card. I have been working towards this for the last month. Now I can rent equipment anywhere in the world. It was great to get up on the board and Kite Surf, thank you my talented and lovely instructor Jasmin.
I have not done [...]

New Zealand update

Shellette is back in Whangarei as is Gary. Mike and I had to make a quick, unexpected trip back to Denver for business but return to NZ on Friday.
We received some somber news about our friends from Washington State, Brad and Linda on sailing/vessel Kattywompus. They are also in New Zealand. Their boat [...]

Heading North Again

So you’ve read Gary’s email on he and Mike sailing from Wellington to Tauranga. They had to deal with a leak in the boat but luckily all worked out and they are safe. Mike was able to fix the problem once they made it to Tauranga. I drove again to Tauranga and met [...]

Leaving Wellington – Gary Dawson

Mike and I left Wellington this morning (Thursday) @ 10 am after taking on fuel and water. It was a perfect day for sailing 15-20 knots of wind, sailing at 7 knots and no clouds in the sky. We even had dolphin swimming with us out of the bay, always a positive sign for a [...]

The Winds Keep A Blowin’….

Okay….so you’ve heard me say it’s very windy in New Zealand right? Well it is so unbelievably windy I simply cannot begin to describe it appropriately. Gary has returned from his week of touring South Island. We are still in Wellington waiting for a weather window to clear so Mike and Gary can [...]

Road Trip – by Gary Dawson

Wow how time flies. I am now 5 days into my road trip of the New Zealand South Island. First part of the journey was taking a Ferry from Wellington to Picton. As I mentioned I am staying in Backpacker Hostels. They are like youth hostels which I have never stayed in. They offer differant [...]