We left from Stephens Bay on the 24th of July in drizzly conditions, aiming for Cable Bay which sits about 35km across Tasman Bay. About an hour into our crossing a south east wind picked up and the clouds blocked all visibility of where we were heading for. After some 'discussions' on our direction I rummaged through Sims back hatch and pulled out a compass. We blindly paddled into the driving rain for hours, catching glimpses of the far side between the squalls.. ahh, sunny Nelson. About 7 hours later I made a sprint finish to a small beach at the entrance to the bay, desperate to pee.. relief!
|Not so sunny Tasman Bay|
The next day the forecast was for 35 Knot South Easterlies. We battled into the wind all morning, watching huge gusts picking up water and willy wars speeding around us. The going was slow so we decided to pull up on a beach and resorted to lying in tussocks, dodging face fulls of sand for the rest of the day. The South Easterlies were still blowing the next morning but things seemed to have died down as we gapped it towards French Pass- a small gap that separates D'urville Island from the South Island. We camped just on the Western side of the pass, a night of frustration as weka's attempted to steal our stuff. I woke up in the middle of the night to Sim laughing, a weka was actually dragging my jacket away that had been under the tent!
Rounding Cape Jackson the next morning we cruised along with a following wind- conditions I'm sure Paul Caffyn would have described as being 'a corker of a day for kayak sailing'. Arriving on dusk near the entrance to the Tory Channel, we dodged the Interislander and pulled up on a farm where we were lucky to met Joe and Joy- legends! They let us sleep in their woolshed and gave us a shower.. i didn't realize we smelt that bad! It's awesome how many amazing people we have bumped into along the way. Rarangi down near Blenheim was our next port of call, and Sims uncle Richard picked us and our boats up and took us back to their home in Picton. Thanks heaps Kaye and Richard!
|Sim racing the Interislander into Tory Channel|
:) Tara & Sim