No pictures today, I'm afraid!  Just a quick update from Alex.  Rusalka's course on Day 1 was NNE across Tasman Bay and Cook Strait, with wind more or less on the beam.  A pod of dolphins escorted the boat out of Nelson - always a good omen! 

I (Jackie) took the easy way home, by plane, on Easter Sunday.  Alex, David and Anne continued to prepare the boat and wait for the right weather to leave. 

Summer’s gone and it’s time to head back to Tassie.  Alex has been checking the Predictwind forecasts daily and it’s starting to look like there will be windows available to get to Australia – at least somewhere in NSW, if not directly to Hobart, in the next week or so. 

Road Trip

Since we had decided not to take Rusalka further afield than Marlborough Sounds, we hired a car to do a short road trip to explore the South Island further. 

We spent the better part of a week in Nelson, doing chores and chasing up leads for crew for the return journey, so we decided that we deserved a couple of days of play in Abel Tasman National Park. 

We woke up in Muzz’s Cove on Monday morning to heavy rain and low visibility, but decided to move on to another bay in Pelorus Sound. 

As always, the weather guides our plans. With a forecast of two calm days before a Northwesterly gale we decided to leave beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound and head back around Cape Jackson to visit Pelorus Sound. 

We booked the ferry to Wellington for Sunday for a short getaway, expecting to return on Wednesday.  Cyclone Gita was coming, but it was uncertain when, where or how hard it would hit NZ. 

After a couple of rainy days we were getting itchy feet and decided to spend a few more days looking around the inner QCS area. 

Monday was a windy day with strong NW’s, but we decided to head up Endeavour Inlet to Furneaux Lodge.  Some of the resorts here have moorings that they allow visitors to use for free – with the expectation that you’ll have a coffee or meal in their restaurant.  They will even ferry you to and from your boat in their dinghy. 

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