Fourteen days on the road. I’m crew on a yacht this week in Bay of Islands Sailing Week out of the Opua Marina, just south of where I was staying in Paihia. We raced and cruised in some of the most otherworldly islands and lagoons these eyes have ever seen.
Little cheesy aboard Equilibrium, a beautiful M55 cruiser racer based in Auckland.
When I started sailing, I never thought I would have the opportunity to race in a place like the Bay of Islands. Our longest leg of one race was making the mark at Ninepin, an island approximately 10 nautical miles offshore from Opua. It was a strange feeling to look to port and see nothing but water. To starboard was Ninepin, waves crashing and birds calling, other yachts in our fleet slowly creeping around the base of the island. I keep pinching myself, smiling, remembering why I am here.
After our first two days of racing, there was a beach party in Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, an hour cruise North from Opua. There was a Maori band playing and I sat on the beach to watch the sun go down over the Northlands.
The majority of the Lloyd Stevenson yacht was comprised of ultra lightweight composite carbon-fiber materials, including the boom.
Above photo credit: @suellendavies of @livesaildie
Shoutout to the team of photographers and all around good human beings during Bay Week: