And then the wind dropped.
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.
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.
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