Wai Whare had intended to take part in the Bluewater Cruising Association’s Thanksgiving Rendezvous at Thetis Island, but her crew was ill on Friday, October 6th. Given the early sunset, unfavourable slack water at Samsun narrows, and dreary weather we decided not to depart Saturday either.

Which left us in Tsehum harbour on Thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving was a great day: warm and sunny, with a steady moderate wind. We took Darusha’s mother, Shona, out for an afternoon sail.

We brought up the sails just past the breakwater at Van Isle Marina. We then sailed north of little group, making about 5kn healed over 15 degrees in 10-15kn from the north. We continued towards Moresby Island, “chased” by a small cutter. The wind died in the lee of Moresby and we enjoyed a short drift. We then motored to wind, tacked and sailed back just the way that we came. Everyone enjoyed our thanksgiving trip.

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