Brief update – We rode out a storm in a marina north of Auckland and survived unscathed. We spent a night in the city and even managed to do some (free) gambling in a casino en route to a Doctor’s appointment. We met some circus acrobats who were sailing a 33-ft steel monohull that his Dad built in the 70’s. We dodged huge tankers and flew the spinnaker 40 miles east to Great Barrier Island, where we are for the week. We had a weather window to sail to Fiji but it was slammed shut by a cyclone that is spinning in Vanuatu, New Caledonia and headed SE towards NZ. We are looking at the next window that may come end of this week. If so, we will sail to Whangarei or back to Opua to clear out. This week we will be hiking and kayaking the amazing and rugged (and very cold!) Great Barrier Island. Stay tuned! Cheers!