In June 2018 ‘Ambrosia’ skippered by Nic Mead, Auckland Sea Kayaks sea kayak guide of 8 years, departed Auckland, New Zealand for a four month expedition to some of the most remote parts of the South Pacific Ocean. Nic and the crew of Ambrosia arrived back in Auckland, full of epic adventure stories. Below is a short extract of the adventure.
1st stop is Westhaven Marina a bit of city living before the high seas 29th of May, 2018.
June 6th My Location:
S 32 38.4342'
E 175 25.7572'
Course: NNE 26 T
Speed: 15 km/h lots albatros, half head sail out and 3 reefs in mainsail
June 8th We're in the thick of it now. 4+ meter swells and big winds. some might call it a roller coaster. Rowan reckons bigger than last Sydney >Hobart. All still smiling. High speed drogue out.
Tough 24hr hit by a gale yesterday at 4pm with 40knot wind heavy seas just left us heading NW canceled minerva now relaxed motorsailing .
Drifted under parachute anchor while waiting For heavy seas and seasickness to pass. everyone woke up stoked so hping for easy saing 4 final 450miles. . .
Whales, pancakes, swims, salad, sun and some sailing. The life of tropical sailors!
Waiting for customs after a true sea adventure full of weather, waves and rum.
The next 2 months were spent exploring, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
A weather window was spotted and we headed home. Fast reaching conditions, and we covered the 1000 nautical mile sail home to Opua, Bay of Islands in 6.5 days.
Back in Pine Harbor after a difficult sail down the coast. Smiling, happy and hungry.