cant beleive we have made it back safe after our 5 days sailing... 2 days instruction then let loose for 3 days on our own in a 25ft yacht to sail round the bay of islands... what an amazing and exciting challenge!! we had a great laugh with our teacher Ben from Devon who must have been crapping it a few times too when Maz was at the tiller (steering)
we had a couple of scary moments but managed to sort it out and sail confidently in 20- 25 knot winds !!! it was gorgeous just setting anchor and rowing or swimming up to desrted beaches and just choosing a bay to anchor up in for the night and crack open a bottle of... water!! thats 4 weeks now no alcohol, meat or crisps... and its getting easier every day ( but eating loads of chocolate to help).. so the bet is still on!!!
.... well its off to Fiji now to chill out after all the madness of NZ
Brian & Marianne xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx