Stunning day - dazzling sunshine - a scorcher of a day - fresh SW wind - The good old classic Kiwi summer has kicked in at last.
Today we drove down from Whangarei and just had a quiet relaxing day on the beach, so I didn't get out on the water and take any close up photos of on the water classic yacht action.
Beach and boats - a good combination.
A large contingent of yachts had raced up from Auckland to watch the classic wooden boats race.
The now ubiquitous John Welsford 'Scamp' design.
Ian Oughtred design.
Interesting little yawl - designer?
Welsford 'Scamp' and to the right a Welsford 'Truant'.
Big, strong, hearty double ended rowing boat.
In the foreground a classic clinker dinghy. In the background a classic raised deck 'Mullet' boat.
A fleet of catamarans demonstrate the advantage of shoal draft.
A 'Captains Gig' design.
Just above the bough of the Pohutakawa tree the big doghouse windows are a dead giveaway for a classic Des Townson 32 footer.
Pohutakawa trees give beautiful shade around Northland beaches.
The Mullety gets ready for a sail.
I think the double ended dark green hulled lugsail rigged boat is yet another Welsford design.
The classic wooden boats start their afternoon race.
An interestingly named boat - of course if 'Pooh' is the skipper, there is plenty of room aboard for Christopher Robin, Kanga, Piglet, Eyore et al.
This gaff cutter in the foreground is very reminiscent of the famous Peter Pyes 'Moonraker'.
A ramble over volcanic rocks baking in the sun - very satisfying.
There are a growing number of Chinese Junk rigged yachts in New Zealand.
Sand castle competition.
Look closely - the finishing tape is on the right of the picture - the children are running in the backwards running race.
The head of the Mahurangi river. Follow the river to the left and sail up to the small town of Warkworth. Sail to the right back to Auckland. Sail around the headland to the left and head for Whangarei and the North.
Next year I will either compete in the classic centreboard sailing dinghy racing in 'Slipstream' or sail 'Mariner' down from Whangarei and race her.