Merry Christmas 2012 from Dorothy and Steve aboard ADAGIO

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Four months in Hobart, Tasmania, six months in New Caledonia and two months in New Zealand is where we spent our time in year 2012.  Please click on the photo to see photos of our year.

Visiting with friends, attending festivals and working on ADAGIO in Hobart was punctuated by the arrival of a special guest, Jeanne Socrates of the sailing vessel NEREIDA,  Jeanne found time in her schedule preparing NEREIDA for a single-handed passage rounding her fifth and final of the five great capes and proceeding to Canada, to make a presentation to the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania.

As we sailed ADAGIO from Hobart to New Caledonia in May, we were challenged by messy weather as we crossed Bass Strait, where we also encountered the most photogenic Albatross of our journey.    We experienced mostly rough, following seas and stunning rainbows as we crossed the Tasman Sea from Sydney to New Caledonia in seven days.

Weather windows developed every month or so, enabling us to sail to the Isle of Pines several times, and we were especially pleased that we were able to sail from Noumea to Isle of Pines with Dorothy’s sister and brother-in-law aboard in October.  A young humpback whale breached several times not far from ADAGIO, the first that our guests had ever seen.  Another first for them was snorkeling in tropical waters.

In November, our dear friend Eva joined us in New Caledonia for cruising, snorkeling, exploring and culinary exploits.  She crewed for us on the passage from New Caledonia to New Zealand where we experienced the nearly total solar eclipse and celebrated Steve’s 70th birthday.

Our wishes for you in the New Year are for fair winds in your sails and a friendly following sea helping you along on your journey.  Take care of yourselves and please contact us from time to time with news of your adventures.  We love hearing from you.

Dorothy and Steve Darden
Whangarei, New Zealand
December, 2012

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