I was in the North Island of New Zealand when Cyclone Pam was wreaking havoc across the Pacific last month. For days, the people from Vanuatu working in New Zealand didn’t know if their families were still alive or if they had homes to return to. The news coverage of the disaster was extensive; the images of the devastation, sickening. I thought:
‘What can I do to help the Pacific Islanders?’
OceansWatch posted the answer on Facebook. A James Wharram-design Tiki 38 catamaran had just been loaned to OceansWatch for the sole purpose of coordinating aid relief and they needed a skipper to deliver her on the first leg of the boat’s journey.
On Monday, Laura Dekker, Gerard Ellmers and me will sail ‘Anam Cara’ from the very bottom to the very top of New Zealand.
From Bluff to Whangarei is a distance of 1100 nautical miles. With winter fast upon us, we expect the voyage to be one of the coldest deliveries any of us have ever done. Our worst case scenario is an E, NE or SE wind direction making the coast a dangerous lee shore.
Prospective departure: 07:00am Monday 20 April NZ (GMT+12)
|Bluff||Dunedin||147||1 day 13 hours|
|Dunedin||Christchurch||199||2 days 2 hours|
|(Dunedin||Timaru)||101||1 day 01 hour|
|(Timaru||Christchurch)||131||1 day 09 hours|
|Christchurch||Wellington||174||1 day 20 hours|
|Wellington||Napier||221||2 days 07 hours|
|Gisborne||Tauranga||197||2 days 01 hour|
|Tauranga||Auckland||131||1 day 09 hours|
Safe harbours between Bluff and Whangarei.