2010 Plans

I’ve had some questions about my plans for the coming year so here goes: I am flying from Dunedin to Olympia today. I’ll be there for the next 7 weeks, working for the AG’s office and preparing Selkie, our 11.5 m sailing yacht. We will be taking part in the 2010 Swiftsure race, from Victoria, B.C., on Memorial Day weekend. Richard Bigley and other crew will join me from Olympia, and Fa will be flying in to Victoria for the race (Patria will take care of Ginny and Hank while we’re gone). After Swiftsure, Fa and I, and possibly other crew, will sail to Hawaii. We expect the passage to take 3 weeks. From there we’ll sail to Samoa, another (hopefully) 3 week passage. Depending on our progress, we’ll try to reach Fiji a week later, where we hope to haul Selkie for the rest of the winter. We’ll then return to Dunedin near the end of July. In mid October, we’ll launch Selkie and finish the last 10 day(?) passage to New Zealand. If all goes well, Selkie should be in the North Island by the end of the year.

Fishing Panorama


Here are a couple of wordles I created.

The first is from this blog:

Kia Ora Sisu Blog Wordle

This one is from my delicious tags:

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Roslyn Wakari 2009 Prize giving

RWAFC Prize Giving

RWAFC Prize Giving

Tonight the Roslyn Wakari AFC had their annual prize giving. Hank received the Most Valuable Player award for 10th Grade White. This is his second MVP award in 3 years. Although Ginny didn’t receive any awards, her team had several players on the Otago Representative Team, and 4 players on the Federation Team. I’ve posted an album to facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=150630&id=543764697&l=5d3e1cb8d0

On my way home

I’m off to Dunedin. I hope to do some more blogging when I get back to New Zealand. Cheers.


I made it to Olympia last night, about 30 hours after leaving Dunedin. All’s well. Looking forward to my 3 month stay.

Dunedin to Olympia

I’m flying from Dunedin to Olympia tomorrow morning, for a 3 month stay. 2 hours Dunedin – Auckland, 8 hours in Auckland, 12 hours Auckland – San Francisco, maybe 2 hours there, and then 2 hours San Francisco – Seattle, where Kaya will pick me up for the 1 hour trip to Olympia. It should be about 30 hours, I think. Yikes.

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