Whistler is a PDQ Antares 44i catamaran, built in Ontario, Canada in 2007. In the spring of 2015, we, Margy and Monty, bought her in Whangarei, New Zealand. We renamed her “Whistler”, where we met and spent our weekends skiing and golfing over the previous 30 years.
We split our time between S/V Whistler and our home in Whistler, Canada. Since 2015, we have sailed up to Fiji and Tonga four times and returned to New Zealand for the cyclone season.
We look forward to another cruising season in the South Pacific in 2019, starting with Minerva Reefs and then Tonga.
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Leaving Waiheke Island for the Coromandel, we had sun but no wind so we motored across the Hauraki Gulf. Glassy conditions in the Hauraki Gulf We anchored in Te Kouma Harbour, just south of Coromandel Bay. The surrounding hills appeared to be cow pasture though we also saw some geese. Weather wasn't great so we [...]
From Auckland, it was a pretty easy day trip to Waiheke Island. We sailed around the western shore and anchored in Oneroa Bay. Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island After reading our blog, a Kiwi living on Waiheke contacted us. Simon was interested in buying or building a catamaran. He saw Whistler was in the Auckland area [...]
After almost 3 months of skiing every day in Whistler, BC, and socializing with friends, we traveled back to our beloved S/V Whistler in NZ. We needed to spend a night in a Vancouver airport hotel to make our morning flight. We made the best of it, with good friends joining us for dinner. The [...]
In Port Denarau, we were checking the forecasts a few times a day and talking with other cruisers about what they thought. Around October 16th, we saw a good looking window, though it would be "sporty". Our router also gave us a thumbs up with some provisos. The winds would be fairly strong on the [...]
The first of October, we started looking for a weather window for passage back to New Zealand. We had about 3 weeks before we needed to leave the country as our 6-month visitor's visas were going to expire. Lots of jobs to get done before going offshore. We spent a few more days at Nananu-I-Thake, [...]