Three yachts and crew set out for Lake Rotoiti last weekend. The weather was perfect and we had the three yachts, Blue Merlin, Red Caribou and Raker on the water and ready for our adventure at 12:30pm. We were well supported by a number of members of the Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron with assistance and advice as well as an invitation to a pot luck dinner on the beach Saturday night.
After motoring out of Okawa Bay we found that the wind was yet to fill in for the day. So we motored to a lovely little bay just past the pylons called Te Ti Bay. While there we all went for a swim and enjoyed for the first time the warmth and clarity of the Lake waters. While there enjoying a late lunch and swim the wind filled in and Genoas were swapped for jibs as we took off into a fresh Nor’easter. Sailing that afternoon was fantastic but at around 4:30pm Graeme directed us to the best little bay possible for an over night stay. Ngongo ahi Bay is a real gem and by 5:30 we were so settled that the decision was made to stay the night and miss the pot luck dinner which would have been an hour or mores sail back from where we had come.
We all enjoyed the time in the bay and the kids loved exploring, swimming and kayaking. There were many fish that were quite willing to nibble at your toes or fingers as Brecon discovered. Next morning was swimming and breakfast in that order. Then a leisurely motor down to the end of the lake and anchorage at Tapuaeharuru Bay under the hills. More swimming and a keenness to walk Hinehopu/Hongi Track, unfortunately the DOC website had me leading the team in the wrong direction and after an hours walk in the blistering sun we asked a local who located the start of the track not more than 20 meters from where we had anchored the yachts and in the opposite direction to where we had walked. As it was Murdoch and I did about 1km of the actual track and found it to be fantastic, next time we will walk the whole track to Lake Lake Rotoehu.
After a Mr Whippy ice cream we sailed back up the Lake and bid Graeme and Lucy farewell as they were heading home. Bruce and I stayed on another night. Anchoring back in our lovely little bay we had a most unfortunate wind shift overnight and had a bumpy night with a chop coming in from the Sou’ west. Never the less we woke to a glorious day and enjoyed sailing and then motor sailing back to where we started the adventure.
We are all looking forward to future trips to the lake and hope other club members can join us. My thanks to Bruce for the idea, to Graeme, Lucy, Bruce, Murdoch, Miles, Grace and Brecon for accompanying me.