Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sailing--Abel Tasman National Park (January 23, 2010)

I'd always wanted to visit this National Park, and here I spent the day on a sailboat (small catamaran actually) being steered around the coastal areas. We started at Kaiteriteri with about ten people on board, almost all of whom were from the same Stray bus that I'd joined at Picton the day before.

After the lunch break on a beach (I had a quick swim), a number of people opted to hike back while about three of us stayed on the boat and we were joined by two new "passengers", a middle-aged Canadian couple from Alberta.

This picture was taken on the afternoon leg of the trip. The front of the boat did not have a solid 'floor' for sitting; rather, there was a flat black synthetic mesh, slightly springy, which was very comfortable for sitting or lying (as shown above).

The only issue was that water could permeate it, so you had to be careful if you didn't want to get splashed. Since there were very few waves large enough to produce that effect, several of us ended up relaxing on the front of the boat in the sun. The fellow in this photo ended up with an impressive sunburn in irregular stripes across his legs and feet.

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