Winter Sailing – in New Zealand

This dropped into my inbox this morning.

I have been to New Zealand for work but never on holiday and the bay of Islands looks like a bloomin perfect place to sail.  I have spent many hours on google earth going on virtual cruises around this patch of the world

Bob says this is winter sailing - but it looks like summer sailing to me.

If you want to know what it would be like to sail somewhere with thousands of islands, great bays , civilised people, vinyards and winter that looks like summer.....

immerse yourself for 18 minutes with an old bloke in a boat built in 1971




Bob says he is an inspired imitator. Well Bob if my films encouraged you to make your own - goodonya

Leave him a message on the youtube film or here if you have a moment

Now...... if I can get one of you Chesapeake blokes to make some good films that would be marvelous


This is about Dylan Winter's Blog.

15 Responses to “Winter Sailing – in New Zealand”

  1. 12 October, 2015 at 7:49 amRob O'Neill says:

    Wow, I made the cut! Thanks Dylan.

    Waiheke is in the Hauraki Gulf, South of the Bay of Islands, but equally good sailing in my opinion.

  2. 12 October, 2015 at 10:10 amPaul Thompson says:

    Yes, we have days like that. We also have days with a whole lot more wind and plenty of rain. However it seldom gets really cold, most winter days being around 10 to 16 c. If you come from the UK, its wonderful. If you come from Cape Town, South Africa it’s rather cool. But regardless, the Hauraki Gulf & Bay of Islands are some of the world’s best cruising.

  3. 12 October, 2015 at 8:49 pmBob Owen says:

    Sailing my back yard, you have done a great job will be looking out for you this summer.
    Contessa 32 Bright yellow Akvavit

  4. 12 October, 2015 at 9:12 pmPaul Thompson says:

    BTW Bob, will keep an eye out for you this summer. La Chica, steel double ender with junk schooner rig. Black hull, sea green sails, 32ft.

  5. 12 October, 2015 at 9:16 pmRob O'Neill says:

    I’ve seen some of your videos too,Bob. Much more adventurous going across the Pacific.

  6. 12 October, 2015 at 10:56 pmSteve says:

    Looks great,to my mind though,not a patch on the almost infinetly varying coast,rivers and creeks of the British Isles,with their deep layers of history. I would enjoy that weather however!
    Not a negative comment sure it’s bloody brilliant sailing!

  7. 13 October, 2015 at 12:54 amRob O'Neill says:

    I am envious of your seemingly endless mud.

    Seriously, I do love a good creek crawl – hence the final bit up the estuary. Wasn’t expecting to find boats up there either.

  8. 13 October, 2015 at 4:09 amChuck says:

    That was brilliant Bob.

    D, thanks for sharing.

  9. 13 October, 2015 at 9:45 amdylan winter says:

    It is really nice seeing these places through the eyes of sailors like us

    his taste in wine is a bit extreme though

    extreme wine drinking – good title for a web site I reckon

  10. 14 October, 2015 at 12:40 amGiles says:

    30 dollars a bottle? That’s just over 13 quid! Bob, you must be made of money…

    Great film, great place and a smashing looking boat. The companionway is huge, can we have a vid of how that goes together? Just idle curiosity…


  11. 14 October, 2015 at 8:20 amdylan winter says:

    clearly Bob is that unique combination of KTLer and Connoisseur and drinks wine primarily for the taste

    I drink it just for its health giving properties – so for me it is more of a duty than a pleasure


  12. 14 October, 2015 at 9:48 pmRob O'Neill says:

    Ok, I’ll do the compulsory boat tour video. She’s pretty basic but an interesting design with the coach roof and all. Heaps of space for a 26 footer. Nice shades of beige …

  13. 15 October, 2015 at 12:13 amdylan winter says:

    excellent I shall look forward to seeing it


  14. 18 October, 2015 at 8:23 amRoy says:

    Hi Bob – that’s a really passable imitation of Dylan’s style! You might even get him to tell us about HIS wine selection … anyway, cool video, mate. Thanks for sharing.
    Keep a look out for Hawk 20 ‘Kahu’ – I sail out of Tamaki River, from Half Moon Bay – Waiheke, Motuihe, Browns Island and the Maraetai coast beyond Pine Harbour are my hood too.

  15. 20 October, 2015 at 11:30 pmRob O'Neill says:

    Thanks, will do, Roy. Summer looms …

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