We're in Bluff to check out with the Department of Conservation for our visit to the sub-antarctic islands (done) and to take care of all the port details of fuel-water-food-oil-laundry-cooking gas (mostly done). We spent nearly two weeks at Stewart Island, and there are many stories to share from that time. But for now I'll have to be content with pictures from our two days of sailing along the southeast coast of the island, out to Port Pegasus and back.
Both times we had 25 knot winds and some swell, which make for a fairly rowdy day sail. These outings were a great way for us to get a bit of a feel for sailing in these waters - what our limits are for comfortable travel, and how to work the conditions to get where we want to go.
And a highlight of both days was the birding - we all got into spotting new pelagic species.
No time for more, I'm afraid. We're planning on catching the morning tide out of here tomorrow morning, heading south, and I'm not short of things to do today!