Thursday, January 28, 2016
_________ Steinlager 2 (Again) - Auckland Anniversary Regatta 2016 ________
This year I am booked on board for the day with my brother Christopher. He was a bit miffed that I didn't ask him to sail with me and my mate David on Lion NZ in last years Coastal Classic but as I pointed out to him;
"The last time we sailed together was on Mariner when we sailed her back from the Bay of Islands - You were very sea sick and said to me as you chundered over the side, 'Don't ask me to go F - ing sailing again... Ever! "
I was told these words were said (understandably) under the duress of 'Mal de mer' ....... I am very glad about that as it's always great to hang out and go sailing with my bros.
So we leave the Auckland Viaduct Basin at 8.45am Monday 1st February, ready to do battle under a predicted sunny sky and 15 knots of Easterly wind - I can hardly wait.
( Berths are available to the general public at $150 pp for the day. The money is used by the NZ Sailing Trust to maintain these great old 'Whitbread Around the World' racing yachts. Both Steinlager 2 and Lion NZ are mainly used by the trust for school sailing programmes ).