Time to move on…

It is always a special moment when you pull up your anchor and leave a port, specially if you have spent such a long time as we have here in New Zealand from were we will probably be leaving in 2 days towards Fiji We have spent 5 ½ months in this beautiful country having had great experiences and have shared many discoveries with new and old friends. Time to leave01

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Looking for pipi and kuku  (thanks Sabina s/y Breeze for the pictures)

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exploring caves

Time to leave21 We have learned about the people, about their history, about Maori culture and about its spectacular nature.

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Great Barrier Island, last weekend

P1000131 P1000130 P1000128 It is hard to summarize all our experiences in a few lines, but we will give you a quick glimpse of what has been our nice stay in New Zealand.

What we are proud of:         to see how quick our kids integrated in Whangarei School. Luna, Noa and Nils spent two months at school. All three had great teachers. Nils has learned how to speak and even started reading and writing in English , he has made lots of friends and has had a great relationship with his teacher Mrs. D. Time to leave14 Time to leave13   Time to leave11 Noa, participated a lot in school, she started being a little shy and ended up having lots of friends as well, enjoying schooltime very much and even went camping for 4 days with her class to Mount Manaia were she celebrated her birthday!

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Luna was happy to be surrounded by friends, loved the Kapa Haka (Maori culture), music and choir. She did well at school and enjoyed having a teacher, classmates and a room away from Lumbaz. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ainara in the meantime went with Ella, a swedish friend from S/Y Breeze to the library. She organized herself like a university student, learning on her own and took the chance to read a lot! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   One of our highlights: was to spend two days observing the orcas in the Bay of Islands and getting to know them through Ingrid Visser. Last week she generously offered us to join her in her Foundation www.orcafoundation.com where she has her lab and learned about her new projects regarding the study of orcas and their protection. It was fascinating, as she says: “Orcasome!!”. Time to leave23 Time to leave25

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bye the look of their faces, the skull was still a bit stinky…

Time to leave27   Time for Lumbaz: we spent 7 weeks working very hard on Lumbaz to prepare her to take us further up Melanesia, Micronesia and hopefully Indonesia and Malaysia. Rigging, works on gel coat, servicing propellers, mechanics, sanding, varnishing, touch ups, polishing, antifouling,… were some of the jobs done on board. Even if Norsand has been a great yard and it is setup for liveaboards, it is still a yard.

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Cricket in the yard

Living so many weeks without a fridge, having to climb up and down a ladder to use a bathroom made launching Lumbaz back in the sea a very special and happy moment.

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playing
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Mom, I need to go to the loo !!!
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Polishing is hard work!!

Time to leave22 Surprises. Dani left us for 10 days for a quick trip to Spain (considering that you need 2 days to get there and 2 to come back). With jet lag, the flu, and some work he had to do for his ex company he was really busy and had little time. In the meantime cyclone Pam got further South than anybody thought initially, hitting New Zealand’s coastline. The reason to come to NZ and spend these months here is partially to avoid the cyclone season of the tropics but sometimes it happens that a cyclone ventures himself a lot further south and in this case Pam paid us a visit.

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Cyclone Pam approaching the NZ coast

So we had to prepare Lumbaz, still on the hard so she wouldn’t start sailing on land. She was secured, all tided up on deck and outside just in case the river flooded. Gérard from Blue Note, our friends that lie next to us helped going through the boat and make sure everything was Ok. At one stage we expected 60 knots. Dani came back just in time, flying over the cyclone in a rough flight where they even couldn’t  serve dinner and flew into Auckland hours before they shot down the airport and got home just before the afternoon where the biggest winds and rain were expected. At the end it didn’t blow that hard and everything was fine but we got all ready just in case. Unfortunately Cyclone Pam did a lot of destruction in Vanuatu.

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strapped to the floor so she wouldn’t fly away

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sadness We got the incredibly sad news of one of our uncle’s loss on a plane that went down in the French Alps. Being far away from the family, when all you want is to grieve and hug together is hard. All we could do is bond together, felt very vulnerable for a time and learn to accept fate.

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hommage to Rogelio in the highest

Our great trip to South Island where we got to know New Zealand’s other half. The farm land, the glaciers of the west coast, the Southern Alps, new animals like Albatrosses and penguins and great encounters with people like Gaye and Bruce Lamb who hosted us a night.

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reflections
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going alpine

Family time: we were happy to spend some time with family that visited us on board and specially celebrating Christmas in a beautiful house all together. Those moments were precious. We also will always remember how we all got the chance to swim for two hours with a big pod of dolphins in the Bay of Islands. We had a great time as well with Ingrid, Glenn and the girls with whom we fished the biggest snapper we could have imagined or the weekend with Kim and Jack in Omaha.

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it got tight on Lumbaz
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but we spend Christmas in this beautiful house     http://www.villa-noema.com

History moments: we took the chance to take several field trips to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty between the Maori and the Bristish was signed, which represents the founding moment of modern New Zealand. We tried to understand the pioneer settlements of the Europeans and to get to know the present social and political issues, which in part date back to 1840, when the Waitangi Treaty was signed. We also joined the crowds for ANZAC day that  commemorates those who died serving New Zealand during war and it honours returned servicemen and women, past and present.

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Signature of the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840

Time to leave: Winter is settling in New Zealand. With it comes a fair amount of rain, chilly

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were are the bathing suits??

weather  and specially frequent visits of arctic low pressure systems, storms, that rise from the far South and cross New Zealand West to East. You do not want to get caught in one of those and boy, they do move fast !! We have one hitting NZ on Monday, a second one on Wednesday. But before that there will be a little window, which we will try to use to gain enough distance between us and NZ to not get slammed by the storms. We have an appointment with the Customs official on Saturday morning to clear us out of the country. We hope to be able to tell you with brief messages how we are doing and you will be able to follow our route on :

http://www.pangolin.co.nz/xtras/yotreps/tracker.php?ident=DC2705

Now we will have to start thinking again which way to go, and as you might appreciate, opinions are quite diversified.

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it helps when we work as a team
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6 thoughts on “Time to move on…

  1. Ursula Grimm May 8, 2015 / 2:21 am

    HOLA A TODA LA INCREIBLE FAMILIA!

    CON GRAN GUSTO LEO Y VEO LAS FOTOS, Y CON UN POCO DE ENVIDIA!

    MUCHAS GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR! MUCHA, MUCHA SUERTE PARA EL PROXIMO RECORRIDO!

    AQUÍ EN MEXICO… TODO BIEN, MENOS LA POLITICA.

    UN FUERTE ABRAZO A TODA LA FAMILIA. ULLA

    _____

    De: Sailing across the Southern Ocean on Lumbaz [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Enviado el: jueves, 07 de mayo de 2015 08:41 a.m. Para: ugrimm@prodigy.net.mx Asunto: [New post] Time to move on…

    lumbazander posted: “It is always a special moment when you pull up your anchor and leave a port, specially if you have spent such a long time as we have here in New Zealand from were we will probably be leaving in 2 days towards Fiji We have spent 5 ½ months in this beaut”

  2. Marianne May 8, 2015 / 3:06 am

    Chicos! Vayáis donde vayáis, que lleguéis sanos y salvos y que sigáis disfrutando a tope y haciéndonos disfrutar ….. que os leemos los cincooooooo
    Bss, Hugs, Abrazos. Aah, y que sepáis que el Danubio es navegable 😉

  3. Mar May 8, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Hola desde Madrid, con enorme admiración os seguimos, pues también conocemos la parte dura de la aventura. Enhorabuena por haber cogido las riendas de vuestra vida. Mar y Luis (ex Yvonnick) ahora Golfiños 🙂

  4. JuanMaría Benítez May 8, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    ¡¡Avanti, amigos!! Seguid compartiendo, que nos encanta a toda la familia…

  5. jose antonio bertrand May 9, 2015 / 1:59 am

    Your experience in New Zealand sounds great!

    Sail on Lumbaz!!! Neptuno is on your side and Eolus will provide the right winds…

    Being Indonesia or whatever next destiny keep sending news, love them!!!

    Best and best!

    Jose Antonio Bertrand (from San Pedro de Rivas, I heard when Dany was here taking care of things…could not see him although had news from my brother…everything is fine in the house, it will be there when you come back and in good shape! no doubt!

    Love

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