2,5 days ago we left Nelson to sail up to and around the north island at Cape Reinga. The first 12 hrs were great sailing as we left in gale warning and with 25-30kn of wind we averaged about 9 knots speed. Then, at the height of Mt. Taranaki (Egmont) the wind died the first time in the lee of the massive volcano. It came back for a while and then died completely. Having motored for a day we set up the spinnaker last night but had to take it down in the middle of the night due to no wind. This morning finally we got to set the sails again and are now slowly sailing up the north west coast. We're at the height of the Kauri tree forests now, not too far away from Hokianga Harbour. Tomorrow morning we're due to round Cape Reinga. A front with rain and hopefully a bit more wind will come through. In the afternoon we should pass the north cape and start our way down towards Bay of Islands. We might take a short break in Mangonui to have some fish&chips but we have to keep going south quickly before the SE wind gets too strong and it will get impossible to tack in front of it on our way down. Because we will be sailing our way down against the wind I guess after rounding the north cape it'll be another 2 days down to the Bay of Islands instead of half a day...I'll keep you posted.
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