For the last two days we have experienced gales with gusts around a hundred km/h.
That always promises some action on the South coast. Though the waves were far from the biggest I have seen out there, they were solid long waves with a period of about 12 seconds. Don’t be fooled by the froth at the surface. The luminous green water speaks of energy imparted by strong winds out to the South.
At the Western end of Lyall Bay, there was some amazing turbulence happening around those cruel rocks.
Inside the harbour, the tanker Torea which we saw yesterday at Seaview, was being moved from the marine fuel berth on Aotea Quay to the aviation fuel berth at Miramar. She is obviously capable of handling a range of fuels all at once. As the tugs Tapuhi and Tiaki fussed around her, she was swung around so that she could leave the wharf bow first. Like many tankers, Torea has just one lifeboat of the free-fall type mounted on a ramp at the stern. I often wondered what the launch process would be like and found a very shore video here that shows how it happens. You would need to be well strapped in to survive the launch.
- “Blow the wind Southerly”, a traditional song from Northumberland