Great chance to join a group of mates who are cruising in company in the beautiful marlborough sounds this summer….
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The Race to Alaska 750nm no motors, no support, non stop to Alaska.
This has to be one of the toughest small boat adventures on the planet, make sure you follow all the action on their website,
With a stunning forecast for Queens Birthday weekend, 5 crazy friends and fellow St Ayles skiff enthusiasts set off from Orakei on a mission.
The Challenge, Can 5 people pack enough gear into a St Ayles for a weekends camping and still row it efficiently and safely.
Answer: You Bet !
And in fact its such an amazing boat that it swallowed all our gear and rowed just like it normally does, cruising speed 4 knots, safe and dry and as well behaved as ever.
The stunning Home Bay Motutapu island was the destination, total distance 8nm, rowing time 2 hours exactly plus an hour drinking tea and chewing the fat on Browns island along the way.
After a great afternoon setting up camp and a very enjoyable meal, (no dehydrated food here!) We settled into a rather chilly but quite comfortable night ashore.
Sunday saw us into the next wee mission, a short 2nm row to Waiheke island for an icecream.
Followed by another 2nm row to Motuihe island, no ice creams here but a cup of tea out of the trusty thermos and a snooze in the afternoon sun did the trick.
You guessed it, followed by a 2nm row back to Home bay. More good food and wine another chilly sleep and a stunning sunrise.
Before setting off on the return home journey of another 8nm. We had the tide against us on the way home but with a forecast of building easterly winds thought it best not wait for the tide, Approx 3 hours rowing to get home and we were spied departing Browns island by our roving reporter from St Helliers.
What a fantastic weekend, good company, great food, some fantastic rowing, stunning weather. There’s something quite special about getting away for the weekend under your own steam, no engines no sails just good mates some oars, an awesome boat and our beautiful country we call home….
Theres already talk of the next one…
Weather permitting a small group of us are planning a mini raid to Motutapu island, its going to be a simple affair, self catered and self reliant.
At this stage the loose plan is to leave Orakei boat ramp Saturday morning and head via Browns island for a lunch stop. finishing up at Home Bay Motutapu island.
Of course everything is Weather dependant and as much as I don’t trust forecasts much, the general trend is looking pretty hopeful.
This is NOT and organised event, so there will be no support vessels, your on your own. but if you have a small capable boat and would like to tag along or join us there your very welcome.
Well after 6 months of planning and 15 days of the most fun you can have in a small boat its a wrap, the inaugural Kiwi Raid and St Ayles Regatta is over.
43 people participated in the Raid,
Participants were from Tasmania, Western Australia, Scotland, Wellington and Auckland.
105nm Rowed or Sailed in small boats,
15 different marvellous destinations in the Hauraki gulf visited,
Over 40 hours of engine time on the Mother ship John Dory,
Approx 450 litres of petrol burned in the two safety boats,
2nd place in the Masters of Mahurangi rowing regatta.
Winners of the John Cole trophy for Aesthetic contribution to the Mahurangi regatta.
Heres a few photos of the fun and games, for a day by day account visit
Our first major event is The Kiwi Raid and Regatta 2016,
Its starts January 29th 2016 at Sandpit, and finishes fifteen days later in Auckland, Along the way there are lots of short adventures for sailors and rowers alike. We will have a two day St Ayles skiff regatta (short rowing races) at Whangaparoa in the middle which everyone can join in.
Its fully catered so you will get 3 meals a day, accommodation is mostly camping but with good facilities.
Heres the run sheet and a map to help make sense of it all.
Make sure you get your entries in asap, spaces are limited.
Day 1 Fri 29th HW 12:02 Distance: 8.6nm Lunch: Goldsworthy bay Camp: Martins Bay
Arrive Sandspit, Registration safety gear checks etc. Trailers stored at Mikes section. Launch boats and journey to Martins Bay and set up camp.
Day 2 Sat 30th HW 12:41 Distance: 4nm
Lunch: Sullivan’s Camp: Martins Bay Holiday Park
Mahurangi regatta, chance to join in the regatta or races from the beach. Entries on the beach at Sullivan’s. Leave skiffs at Scott’s Landing for night. Bus back to campground.
Day 3 Sun 31st HW 13:21 Distance: 20nm return
Lunch: Warkworth Camp: Martins Bay Holiday Park
Bus back to Scott’s Landing, day trip up the Mahurangi River to Warkworth. Lunch at Warkworth Cafes, bus trip to Parry Kauri Park and return. Row/sail back to Martins Bay Campground
Day 4 Mon 1st HW 14:04 Distance: 4.2nm
Lunch: Moturekareka Camp: Lidgard House
Pack up camp at Martins Bay Holiday Park and journey to Lidgard House (Bon Accord harbour) Possibly drop into Mansion House on the way.
Day 5 Tues 2nd HW 14:50 Distance: 7nm return
Lunch: Tawharanui Camp: Lidgard House
Day trip to Tawharanui and return to Lidgard House.
Day 6 Wed 3rd HW 15:40 Distance: 6.5nm
Lunch: Coppermine Camp: Motuora
Pack up camp at Lidgard’s, Journey to Motuora via Coppermine for lunch. Make camp at Motuora Island.
Day 7 Thu 4th HW 16:36 Distance: 8.5nm
Lunch: Army Bay? Camp: YMCA Lodge
Pack up Motuora Island, and journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay. Accommodation at YMCA lodge Te Haruhi bay.
Day 8 Fri 5th HW 17:34 Distance: 6.85nm
Lunch: Tiritiri Matangi Is. Camp: YMCA lodge
Day 9 Sat 6th HW 18:32 Distance: 0
Lunch: YMCA Camp: YMCA
Setup Morning: St Ayles regatta prep/boats/teams.
Afternoon: St Ayles regatta, racing in the bay.
Day 10 Sun 7th HW 19:27 Distance: 0
Lunch: YMCA Camp: YMCA
St Ayles regatta, racing in the bay.
Day 11 Mon 8th HW 20:19 Distance: 11nm
Lunch: Woody Bay Camp: Home Bay
Pack up and journey to Home Bay, Motutapu Island
Day 12 Tue 9th HW 08:49 Distance: 3.5nm
Lunch: Rangitoto Summit Camp: Home bay
Day at Home bay exploring Motutapu island or climbing to the summit of Rangitoto for the best view in Auckland.
Day 13 Wed 10th HW 09:37 Distance: 9nm
Lunch: Oneroa via Blackpool Camp: Rocky Bay
Pack up Motutapu and journey to Rocky bay via Blackpool (walk up hill for lunch at Oneroa with spectacular views into the Hauraki gulf and sandy white beaches)
Day 14 Thu 11th HW10:25 Distance: 7.5nm
Lunch: Nikau Track Camp: Motuihe Island
Depart Rocky bay after packing up camp and walking up Nikau Track. Journey to Motuihe Island.
Day 15 Fri 12th HW 11:14 Distance: 8nm
Lunch: Naval Museum Camp: Auckland CBD Pack up camp at Motuihe, journey up the Waitamata stopping for lunch at the Devonport Navel Museum. Finish moored outside The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for dinner. (Own accommodation required in CBD). All boats berthed at the Westhaven Marina adjacent to RNZYS.
Saturday 13th February: Bus to Sandspit and collect trailers/cars. All boats out at Westhaven Boat Ramp.