After a few days of rich opportunities, an occasional drought is to be expected.
Yesterday afternoon, the harbour was in a paradoxical state. On the one hand there was a reasonably strong Southerly wind driving waves into Lowry Bay where the few yachts there tugged vigorously at their moorings.
With such a strong breeze, it seemed odd to me that the view out to the South was impaired by a very heavy salt haze. For quite a while I could see the gleam of the sun on the white hull of the ferry Kaitaki. She seemed to be stationary off Oriental Bay, and I wondered why. Eventually another white hull emerged through the haze and the answer became apparent. The leased ferry Stena Alegra is, like the Kaitaki, and unlike the disabled Aratere. a bow loader, so the two vessels must share the one berth. It seems the Stena Alegra was leaving later than usual, so the Kaitaki had to wait for the berth to become available.
And that’s all for today.