Picton Clinker & Classic Boat Club
On a fine calm morning, 6 boats and 14 crew launched at the Havelock slipway providing light entertainment for the Slip Inn patrons, and also creating a good photo opportunity.
With a sailing time of 11.00am, and Being Armistice Day we observed a moments silence on the wharf before heading out. Many of the cafe patrons followed our lead which was a nice gesture showing that we are mindful of the supreme sacrifice made by the fallen all those years ago.
It was nice to have some now shore bound members of the club to see us off on our days adventure.
After clearing customs at Havelock we steamed down to Cullen Point and across to Wakaretu Bay directly opposite. The deepest draught boat in the lead, complete with boat hook, to act as a depth sounder, to assist with navigation over the shallows. We then proceeded down Pelorous Sound and into Kaiuma bay doing a circuit and beaching for lunch at the public boat ramp.
One crew did their bit for nature by releasing a seabird caught in a net on a yacht moored in Kaiuma Bay.
After lunch we proceeded to the Mahikipawa arm doing a circle across to Belvue Bay, exiting the arm past Moenui to cross over the sandbar before the tide dropped, exposing a large area of dry land.
After an uneventful cruise back to Havelock we trailered the dinghies and retired to the courtyard of the Captains Daughter for a debrief and light refreshments. A great way to finish a very pleasant day on the water.