A fleet of three St Ayles skiffs and a beautiful clinker dinghy decended on Whitianga over the weekend of 17-20 October 2019 to help celebrate Cooks arrival 250 years ago and what a great time it was. Friday saw us venturing out into Mercury bay to be part of the official Tuia 250 fleet which meant we could get right up close to the Endeavour.
The following day we ventured up the harbour and eventually up the Waiwawa river all the way to Coroglen. what an awesome trip and relatively easy going with the tide, Its approx 12km one way amongst native bush and farmland passing remnants of giant Kauri mills and former settlements the area is full of history.
A great weekend with a wonderful group of people, Many thanks to Baden Pascoe for organising this one, Mutterings around the camp suggest that the next mini raid is likely to be in the Bay of Islands. Watch this space !
NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.
Thanks to Baden Pascoe preparations are well underway for a mini Raid at Whitianga starting on Thursday 17th October and finishing Sunday 20th.
As most people can only make it for the weekend we have modified the plan to suit. The Updated General plan is as follows,
Thursday 17th: Arrive at Whitianga in the afternoon. Set up camp at Harbourside Holiday Park. Launch skiffs and berth at arranged location at marina set up story boards.
Friday: (High tide. 10.45am) Time to be advised: Row out into bay to meet Endeavour and flotilla arrive in bay. Skiffs accompanied by MFV John Dory support vessel. Row over to Simson’s beach and attend powhiri. (weather and waves permitting) If time permits we may beach skiffs and walk to look out at cliffs above bay.
Saturday: (High tide 11.35) Depart from marina at 8.00 and row up river to Coroglen or Te Kauanga Landing (research to be done on depth of shoals) Return in afternoon and berth skiffs so public can view and discuss the concpet of coastal rowing.
Sunday: ( High tide 11.58) berth location open to general public until approx. 11.00). Skiffs do general row around to Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach, visit flotilla. Return to marina mid- afternoon, slip boats and pack up camp.
Baden has pre-booked 12 sites at the Harbourside holiday park and has organised for the Skiffs to be safely tied up in the Whitianga Marina on display.
Those interested in joining this event please contact Baden Pascoe at email@example.com for more info and to reserve a spot.
Many of you will have heard of this Raid, its an awesome opportunity to explore the beautiful coastline of Tasmania and experience the amazing warmth and friendship that is The Living Boat Trust in Franklin and whats more this raid finishes up at the mind blowing Australian Wooden boat festival. Its a must do if your interested in small boat cruising.
The Kiwi Raid 2018 is to be a St Ayles skiff event based at Gt Barrier island 18-25th February 2018.
The Raid will be based out of Orama Oasis in Karaka Bay and will be a week of exciting day trips including The broken islands, Katherine bay, Smokehouse bay, Mt Hobson walk and the Kauri dams, Glenfern sanctuary, plus fishing and swimming and maybe a pure white beach or two to lay on. Accommodation will be camping although Orama do have other options available and meals provided.
Spaces are limited to 20 people and filling up fast so if you are interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register your place.
st Helliers beach coffee stop this morning. Despite the forecast of a building northerly the early birds enjoyed a gentle sea and warm sunshine. What a great way to start the weekend oh and did I mention the coffee!