An Evening on Guido
On the unusual occasion the Wellington wind does in fact die down and the sun shines all day long, we like to make the most of it.
This afternoon we decided to take out our boat we named Guido, a 50 year old handmade craft that has passed her test of time. We launched Guido in Evans Bay, a popular yacht club close to the city centre.
The 40hp Johnson outboard hadn’t been started in a month, so it took a bit to get the old girl going. But she fired up and we were away!
Unfortunately the wind picked up, so we stayed within the harbour with intention of finding a sheltered spot to park up.
Oriental Bay is usually sheltered from the prevailing south-easterly by the surrounding hills, so we headed there with hopes of calm water. A man-made beach not far from the city, Oriental Bay is a popular spot due to its soft golden sand that was hauled over from the Abel Tasman. Over 22,000 tonnes of sand was moved!
Sure enough the water was still, so we dropped anchor and enjoyed a few hazy’s in the sun.
A few swims later we were pretty hungry and keen to cook up a feed. Not pointing any fingers, but I forgot a lighter for the cooker so we head ashore to pick one up from the local dairy.
We got back out on the water and cranked up the cooker ready for some satay chicken burgers, a staple diet of ours.
As the sun dipped behind the hills, we headed back to the boat ramp with some smiles on our faces. Proof that summer is still kicking about, get out there and make the most of it!