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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, 1998

Tuesday 12th February

Tuesday 12th February

Turned out at 6.30 am. Skipper's cooking day. First Mate went ashore and examined the island and also tried to catch a fish while breakfast was being prepared. After breakfast (porridge, fried sardines, toast and cocoa), First Mate took some photos and we then got under weigh with a beautiful sea breeze. On clearing the Islands the scene that met us simply baffled description. Not a cloud in the sky. The hills all round from Separation Point to Farewell Spit a lovely bluish tint, but yet perfectly clear and distinct, the sea like champagne and a splendid light sailing breeze blowing. After taking a tack out, we stood in to Wainui Bay and then ran right in to Taupo. Then out again and next tack around Separation Point, of which a photo was taken.

Soon after rounding the Point the breeze freshened a bit. Passed the Comer heading up the bay and ran close past her, taking a snapshot and exchanging greetings with Captain Caldwell. Ran past Mutton Cove, Takapau, Anapai and Totaranui and put into Awaroa at 1.45 pm. Brought up in a big hole. Went after stingarees but needless to say we only succeeded in frightening them. We next went and had a yarn with Mr Winter, who invited us to go across to the house later with Mr Hadfield and the crew of the Asa. Helped the Asa to push off the mudflat and then went across to Mrs Winter's, where we had mulberries, plums etc. Stayed to tea and spent the evening. Returned to the yacht at 10 pm, had a cup of Bovril, turned out for a last smoke, lights out at 11.30 pm.