Full mainsail and number 3 'working jib'. The south westerly wind begins to fill in nicely. I am heading for those hills in the far distance.
I wink at my trusty dinghy and give her the thumbs up. She puts up with a lot you know, gets towed around and has to put up with all that diesel exhaust when I am motoring. When I go outside into the ocean I leave this rigid dinghy on the mooring and take on board an inflatable. It is too dangerous to tow a rigid dinghy in really bad weather - it can surf right up and into the cockpit - when this happens its not like the dinghy wants to hug you or anything, its more like it wants to head butt you for taking it out in bad weather.
Heading back up the harbour and looking for a place to drop the anchor and have some lunch. I feel good because the wind is increasing just as the weather forcast said it would and we are starting to really fly.
Anchored in a favourite anchoring spot just below the big Pohutakawa tree. We are sheltered here from the Southwesterly which is now blowing at over 20 knots - yippee! its going to be a great ride home.
As we start the journey home 'Mariner' starts to build up hull speed. When this happens she starts to generate this 'quarter wave' that you can see on her starboard quarter - the faster she goes, the bigger the wave. While this happens the dinghy dances and weaves generating her own little wake behind us.
A lull in the wind and I take a photo of my old friend Mr Right Foot resplendent in his best jandal (his only jandal in fact) - "This is a good sail," I say " How do you think we are going to handle sailing up through the channel where the wind funnels strongly out between Onerahi and Limestone Island" - "Real easy", he replies, "Its just a case of taking it one step at a time."
Hmmmm, I think he's right.
Approaching Limestone Island and the wind begins to die away as evening approaches. A beautiful rainbow appears through the misty rain. Quite appropriate really, because it's been a bit of a multicoloured day. Sun, rain, calms, roaring wind - some days are just like that, multicoloured just like the weather.