There she was in all her red splendour in the early morning light. She looked exactly as she did one year ago.
The 'William C Daldy' was the only coal fired steam driven Tug in the race.
One of two old Americas Cup yachts that are now in use on Auckland harbour as daily charter yachts. These boats are very fast and quite a match for Steinlager 2.
These are the two flag choices that the New Zealand public will vote on later this year. We will either retain the old flag which combines the Union Jack on a dark blue background with four red stars (The Southern Cross) or we will have a new flag which combines a white silver fern boarded at the top with black and the red stars of the Southern Cross on a light blue background.
Visually from a distance the old flag stood out the best of the two. From a distance the new flag looked a bit washed out in comparison. Closer up (We sailed under the Auckland Harbour bridge) the new flag looked good.
The scow 'Ted Ashby' being put through her paces. One hundred years ago the Auckland coast was full of these coastal trading scows. Before the development of roads and railways these were New Zealands equivalent of the Thames Trading Barge.
The famous amateur built 'Innismara' hoisting her mainsail. She was built as a 'Ranger Beater'; Ranger being an A Class racing yacht designed by Knud Reimers that was unbeatable for decades on Aucklands Waitemata Harbour.
A Dragon Class yacht, one of the prettiest little boats ever designed, getting the spinnaker pole down.
Traditional Polynesian catamaran heading towards Auckland Harbour bridge.
There were a number of old traditional gaff riggers sailing in the regatta.
Off we go heading for North Head in the distance and then up harbour to the windward buoy.
Speeding back up harbour to a line honours win in the big monohull division.
It was great to share the experience with my brother Chris who I think is now a starter for this years Coastal Classic aboard Steinlager 2 ....... Great!!