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The daily doings aboard the Romany Star

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December 6, 2019 - Market Day

New Zealand has many wonderful things, but no Trader Joe's. They do a great job of providing some of the best produce I've seen anywhere at the weekly Growers Market. Besides the perfect avocadoes and tomatoes that are a staple here, the peach crop has started coming in, yum!



December 4, 2019 - Cruisers Welcome

The arrival of the cruising fleet in Whangarei is an event, we bring international guests, and work to the local businesses. The head of the local Town Council welcomed us and thanked us, especially for the money we bring to the community. An honest politician! A group of kids from a local school performed a couple Mauri dance numbers. The Polynesian culture is strong and celebrated in New Zealand.



November 29, 2019 - Moving on

I've been back in New Zealand a couple weeks. After a short stop in Auckland for a few days to buy a car I moved onto the boat in Norsand Boatyard in Whangarei. The damage from the accident (check the 2018 log) was mostly superficial, but the aluminum toe rail section on that side of the boat had to be replaced and there was some fiberglass and paint work as well. It was all finished yesterday so this morning the Romany Star returned to her element. We motored up the river to Town Basin where I will be based for the next few months.


April 10, 2019 - Life changes

Aside from hanging around in Hawaii, and a short trip to visit the boat in New Zealand last month there hasn't been much going on. Things should liven up in November when I return to the boat in Whangarei.

For now check out the old adventures by selecting an earlier log period (up next to the map).


April 10, 2019 - Life changes

I can't begin to describe the extent of the changes that have come to my life in the past six months. Most significantly, Bonnie left at Christmas and the loss has left me dealing with the decision to continue sailing alone, or to look for a new sailing partner. I am in no shape to take on the repairs of the boat, or to go off sailing this season. I am in Hawaii, living with friends, orienting myself to what may come next. I hope to return to the boat in November or December to accomplish the repairs, and sail from New Zealand in May or June of 2020.