There’s been a lot of rowing into the wind to get to this update. Our crew have been very busy getting our ducks in a row and mostly haggling with bureaucrats and red tape, however its actually coming together…yay!
Heres a dandy wee map of our intended voyage (Raid) and the daily Itinerary.
Interest is building and I now have a large contingent of names on my list, we are working on food now and costs so stand by and another update on these will appear soon.
Very pleased to announce that John Welsford has offered to bring along his fine launch as mothership and join in the fun.
We have a very large Tasmanian and mainland Aussie contingent planning to brave the trip and we will endeavour to find suitable boats for them all (trans Tasman shipping is a bit OTT )
True to our word we are well underway with another 7 St Ayles Skiffs which will bring the total to 10 at the regatta, racing will be off the beach with a great venue for lunches and post race celebrations, hot showers and accommodation for all.
Starting at Sandspit (about an hours drive north of Auckland) the Itinerary is as follows.
Draft run sheet for 2016 Raid and Regatta.
Day 1 Fri 29th HW 12:02 Distance: 8.6nm Lunch: Goldsworthy bay Camp: Martins Bay Holiday Park
Arrive Sandspit, Registration safety gear checks etc. Trailers stored at Mikes section. Launch boats and journey to Martins Bay and set up camp.
Day 2 Sat 30th HW 12:41 Distance: 4nm Lunch: Sullivan’s Camp: Martins Bay Holiday Park
Mahurangi regatta, chance to join in the regatta or races from the beach. Entries on the beach at Sullivan’s. Leave boats at Scott’s Landing for night. Bus back to campground.
Day 3 Sun 31st HW 13:21 Distance: 16nm return Lunch: Warkworth Camp: Martins Bay Holiday Park
Bus back to Scott’s Landing, day trip up the Mahurangi River to Warkworth. Lunch at Warkworth Cafes, bus trip to Parry Kauri Park and return. Row/sail back to Martins Bay Campground. (expecting some towing required)
Day 4 Mon 1st HW 14:04 Distance: 5.7nm Lunch: Moturekareka Camp: Lidgard House
Pack up camp at Martins Bay Holiday Park and journey to Lidgard House (Bon Accord harbour) Possibly drop into Mansion House on the way.
Day 5 Tues 2nd HW 14:50 Distance: 7nm return Lunch: Tawharanui Camp: Lidgard House
Day trip to Tawharanui and return to Lidgard House.
Day 6 Wed 3rd HW 15:40 Distance: 6.5nm Lunch: Coppermine Camp: Motuora
Pack up camp at Lidgard’s, Journey to Motuora via Coppermine for lunch. Make camp at Motuora Island.
Day 7 Thu 4th HW 16:36 Distance: 8.5nm Lunch: Army Bay? Camp: YMCA Lodge
Pack up Motuora Island, and journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay. Accommodation at YMCA lodge Te Haruhi bay.
Day 8 Fri 5th HW 17:34 Distance: 0 Lunch: YMCA lodge Camp: YMCA lodge
Lay Day, chance to stock up on snacks, repairs to boats, also setup day for the St Ayles regatta. (plenty to explore for those needing to stretch their legs)
Day 9 Sat 6th HW 18:32 Distance: 0 Lunch: YMCA Camp: YMCA
St Ayles skiff rowing regatta, racing in the bay in age groups
Day 10 Sun 7th HW 19:27 Distance: 0 Lunch: YMCA Camp: YMCA
St Ayles regatta, racing in the bay in age groups
Day 11 Mon 8th HW 20:19 Distance: 6.85 nm (return) Lunch: Tiritiri Island Camp: YMCA
Day trip to Tiritiri Island (possible race there)
Day 12 Tue 9th HW 08:49 Distance: 11nm Lunch: Woody bay Camp: Home bay
Pack up and journey to Home Bay Motutapu Island
Day 13 Wed 10th HW 09:37 Distance: 9nm Lunch: Oneroa via Blackpool Camp: Rocky Bay
Pack up Motutapu and journey to Rocky bay via Blackpool (walk up hill for lunch at Oneroa)
Day 14 Thu 11th HW10:25 Distance: 7nm Lunch: Nikau Track Camp: Motuihe Island
Depart Rocky bay after packing up camp then walk up Nikau Track, followed by journey to Motuihe Island.
Day 15 Fri 12th HW 11:14 Distance: 6nm return Lunch: Rangitoto Camp: Motuihe Island
Day trip to Rangitoto, walk and return to Motuihe.
Day 16 Sat 13th HW 12:04 Distance: 8nm Lunch: Browns Island Camp: Panmure Yacht & Boating Club/AKL Grammar Rowing Green
Pack up Motuihe Island and the Tamaki River. Set up camp at Auckland Grammar Rowing grounds. Final night and function. Pack up in morning and collect trailers from Sandspit. (Bus to Sandspit)
more updates coming soon…