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We are currently in Whitianga. The weather has been all over the place, but mainly wild which ever direction. So much for the Weather guru's saying El N...whichever the one it is, bringing mainly westerlies.  We have our last leg, which is the big one, but just can't get a window to get us all the way. It is so frustrating.

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Took the family to the Barrier for the first time just before New Years. 3 days stuck in the cabin with 2 kids, with wild wind and rain is not what happy family boating memories are made of. Then waiting for the weather window to appear for us all to get home and a bumpy ride home yesterday. Won't ever get the family back there on a boat again, which is a shame.

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Maharg, yes I know what its like to be stuck in a small boat with kids in bad weather- Not much fun at all! We have energetic 3 young boys 3, 5 and 7 who get cabin fever pretty quickly and have done extended cruises on boats from 22-28ft for the last 10 years.

However that storm was very well forecast from close to a week out so heading to the barrier the day before the storm was a probably not the best decision.

We headed back into the marina on the night of the 31st in convoy with 4 other friends boats and had a nice dock party for new years. Then did the normal rainy day activities in Auckland like the museum and starwars in 3D.

Yes disappointing to only get 5 days in the boat instead of 8 but a much better result than putting the family off boating (or even worse given the 50kt forecast...).

I would have loved to get to the barrier but given the random weather we only got as far as Coromandel. We had 5 beautiful days out there with barely a cloud in the sky.

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B00B00, yes in retrospect we definitely made the wrong decision.

 

Although we left on the 28th and at the time I seem to remember forecast winds in the 30's and a day and a half of rain. I have only been to Port Fitzroy once before for a day and thought the massive hills/mountains there would provide very good wind protection. Our boys are a little older than yours and would fine for a day or so of rain. The hard part was the strong winds that came through and how it affected all the boats there. We were in the best place to anchor and still had the boat on it's side in the gusts. A lot of boats dragged and we had to constantly keep a lookout as everyone was all over the place.

 

Anyway I am sure a couple of good days in the future and all will be restored. Might send the family on the car ferry to the Barrier next time though  :razz:

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It's been very frustrating for us, This break was meant to be our family's first time out and about cruising around on our cat after Christmas however the weather kept us put at the Whangarei Marina. The winds have been so bad i've only managed to get up one mast to check the seizing wire :/

 

Ah well, plenty of 3 day weekends coming up

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I had no issue with the forecasts. We knew what was coming and when. I did get very annoyed with people anchoring so close when everyone should have been well aware of what was coming. What caught many out in Kiwiriki was the 180degree wind change in the night. We were used to that having come from the Sounds, so it was frustrating having people anchoring like that knowing anything could happen. Actually we ran from Bon Accord back to GBI simply because I felt really at home in there in that kind of weather. Bon Accord made me uncomfortable because it felt far more exposed and I had no knowledge of the place in those conditions. nd of course, everyone was anchored close together.
What has frustrated me the most though, is hardly a break in the strong winds. The massive Air Streams from the South flowing onto the Tasman, then Spiralling around SouthEast to East and then a sting in the tail from the North before it slides off to allow the next similar airmass to come across. I guess the Cyclone in the tropics has an affect on that. Looking at "windy" it is easy to see the air mass from way down here flowing on up and swinging around the storm. I just wanted a few days of one wind direction so I can get down the coast home in one shot. I think I have a window of opportunity from Saturday

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Hope the wind gods are kind to you Alan, will be passing through Blenheim/Picton around the 16th / 17th, will try and catch up, f you've made it that is. Cheers, steve p

 

Did you get to do your trip Steve? Or was it via Bike instead? I have been wondering how you got on.

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