July 5, 2015 … simply messing about in boats*

And then the wind dropped.


Oriental Bay yacht basin

The sky was mostly overcast, but if you have read this blog for any length of time, you would expect me to head for the water if it is calm. So I did. I began at the old Oriental Bay yacht basin. Click on the image to get a better idea of the conditions.


Whaler getting some attention with the bright red Wai Aniwa alongside

At the Western end of the basin, there is a large open boat which I think is what many navies of the world referred to as a “Montagu whaler”, named for the Admiral who is credited with its design. It is painted pale blue and seems to have sat there forever. Yesterday there was a man working in it while his bright yellow dinghy bobbed alongside. On the other side of the whaler, was the Wai Aniwa, a yacht that made New Zealand proud back in 1972 when skipper Chris Bouzaid sailed her to his second victory, having won it first on Rainbow II back in 1969.


Chaffers Marina in the stillness

From there it was a gentle stroll over to the Chaffers marina on the city side of Clyde Quay and as you might expect, conditions inside the breakwater were very nice for my purposes.



I went back the way I came, and took another shot in the basin. Apropos of nothing at all, the image above is number 5,063 since I began this blog in January 2012.

Sadly the wind is back.

*Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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One Response to July 5, 2015 … simply messing about in boats*

  1. Like the colours in the last one. Sort of “Old Masters” look.

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