We bid our farewells to Kathryn and Mark on Monday morning as they headed to the car rental place and driving on the left down towards the south island with a few stops along the way. They were great boat guests and delivery agents. Sorry they arrived not feeling great – but it was probably good they could recover on board rather than trying to tramp several kilometers feeling crappy. After the farewell hugs, we got on with non-stop laundry and getting ready to pull out of Auckland on Tuesday morning. We did manage to get a nice dinner out for a birthday celebration that evening between reorganizing the boat for "two" again.
On Tuesday morning, we headed out of Pier 21 towards Kawau again. We managed to not see any blue penguins with Kathryn and Mark aboard – but on this trip we saw at least 50 of the little critters. We also saw a circling hammerhead shark – hopefully he's not dining on the blue penguins! We made it to Bon Accord Harbour and found a good spot near the Kawau Boating Club. It was fun to watch the boats roll in after we were anchored. It filled up – so lots of good anchoring entertainment. We are doing a few projects, but Barbara is having to recover as she's managed to get a bit of the funk our guests seemed to have. But a slow day, lots of sunshine, oranges and relaxing will hopefully make the cold a short one. We hope to leave for Whangarei tomorrow (Thursday) with the winds predicted to be form the SW which would be good. We haul out on Feb 25.
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