Catching up in Auckland
Written by Cathy Siegismund
With the Louis Vuitton volunteer work, our moms visit and the passage aboard
Raven we felt like we needed to catch up with friends and get serious about our
growing list of boat projects. Bayswater Marina had filled with cruising boats
since we had left for Tonga. There were friends back from the tropics who had
crossed the Pacific with us, friends we hadn't seen since Mexico, and many other
foreign cruisers in Auckland to wait out the cyclone season and see the
America's Cup. One of the new boats on our dock, came with a rather plump cat,
Hoa, who was a frequent visitor to our boat especially when there was something
going on in the galley.
Hoa, with his "I'm Fat, don't feed me" tag
Some old friends also were back in the marina. Wendy and Garth on Velella
were moored a few slips down. They enjoyed the warm days in their
new sailing dinghy, Tasty Penguin.
Wendy and Garth out for a sail in Tasty Penguin
We also were happy to have our good friends Drew and Vernita back in the
marina, and enjoyed celebrating our second Thanksgiving in Auckland with them.
Thanksgiving on Layla, including Vernita's and my pie creations
John and Amanda Neal had finished their season's expeditions in New Zealand
where they hauled Mahina Tiare
III out for the summer. We were happy to have John and Amanda over for
dinner and catch up. We felt they had been such a big help in our cruising preparations.
We both had attended their cruising seminar, had read their books, and I had
been on their March 2000 offshore expedition.
John and Amanda Neal aboard Felicity for dinner
We also were working on some overdue boat projects. The weather had finally
turned nice so I was back to my never ending varnish projects.
We also had a large canvas and upholstery project underway with
The Boat Cover Company
in Auckland. We were having new dodger, bimini, awnings, and interior upholstery
made. We have been very happy with the work done by the Boat Cover Company,
although the work has been very slow going. At 31 feet, we did not rate
very high compared with the mega yacht projects, and often had large delays
during our projects. We were very excited to
finally get our new ultrasuede settee and navigation station cushions.
New ultrasuede settee cushions
Although we had spent many days out on the water during the Louis Vuitton
Regatta while volunteering in our patrol boat, we had not had a chance to go out
and just watch. Drew, Vernita, Ken and I decided to treat ourselves and go out on
the One World Challenge spectator boat for one of the semi final races. The
semi-finals provided great pairings with Alinghi racing Oracle and One World
racing Prada. The boat One World was operating as their spectator boat was a
large catamaran hulled power boat. It had a large outside viewing deck and
provided a nice stable platform for photographing the race.
Drew and Vernita aboard the spectator boat, pulling away
from the One World shed in the viaduct
The skipper of the spectator boat did a great job of getting close to the
Louis Vuitton challengers as they prepared for the race.
Prada preparing for their race with One World
The Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian training ship sailed to Auckland from Italy in
support of the Italian challenge.
The four boats preparing for the race with the spectator fleet watching
One of One World's support boats
We had the opportunity to get some great shots of the two One World boats
practicing before the start of the race
Ken and I on the observation deck
Oracle and Alinghi racing up the first upwind leg
Ken and Drew watching the race
One World and Prada were good match and provided a great race. Despite the
somewhat rainy day, being on the spectator boat was a great way to watch the
race. The boat had a television on both decks so you would watch the excellent
New Zealand TV coverage and see Virtual Spectator. The boat was fast enough to
race up to the windward mark, so we could see both windward and leeward mark
roundings, provided commentary, and of course the boat served breakfast, lunch, tea and had a full bar.
One World Challenge and Prada racing in the semi finals
We had a great day enjoying the plush spectator boat, especially compared to the
patrol boats. We also couldn't have asked for a better outcome, with One World
beating Prada and Alinghi beating Oracle!