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Got around cape Jackson. What a bitch. Lots of wind, huge currents, whirlpools and long ugly reef with the lighthouse on the wrong end. Angela tends to watch the wind speed indicator and gives me dirty looks if it's over 30kn. This was steady 30-35 but I didn't have the nerve to tell her that was,apparent and we were going downwind at 12.

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That's the gap, between the lighthouse and the headland, with two rocks in the middle, that the Russian cruise ship Mikhail Lermontov went through, was holed, then sank on the beach around the corner. Did you go inside or outside the light?

Best when tide and wind is with you, can be a bit swift!

Welcome to my homeland!

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We just done our firs night on Topaz. Wasn't a pleasent night in Pigeon Bay on Saturday with the 30-35 knts N-NW wind after midnight, but I finally I tested the new anchor, the re-positioned anchor winch, the newly added remote for it in the real world. Everything passed (including myself). Nice sailing back to Lyttelton on Sunday (as nice the NW could be to sail up on the coast). 

Topaz in a NW.jpg

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Went outside everything. White water every where. I wasnt going through any skinny gaps.

Got to watch Walker rock, OUTSIDE THE LIGHT! Sometimes hard to spot.

The gap inside is fine for a cruising yacht paying attention, just not for a ship! Fair call to go outside though. Tide rip can be a bit nasty if wind against tide, and patently unsafe in an open boat.

Pleased to hear your having a great time!

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