December 1, 2012

AC72s, viaduct harbour, auckland, nz

Anasazi Girl is currently tied up downtown at the Viaduct Harbour, at Hobson's West in Auckland.  It is super nice to not have to get into a vehicle and strap the kids into car seats to go somewhere.  The newly renovated Tepid Baths is just a block away, so our dirt-bag sailing family is getting clean, the kids are getting plenty of swim exercise, and we don't have to worry about them falling off the dock.

Gone now is the hard-stand work area and work sheds that used to make up our neighborhood when we were in Auckland with Anasazi Girl five years ago.  A pedestrian bridge connects the CBD to Sailor's Corner, cafes and restaurants line the waterfront, and the new Events Center building is located where James and I used to have our 20' sea container.  

In 2007 we lived in the container for two months while we prepped Anasazi Girl on the hard for James' non-stop (9000 mile West to East) run Auckland to Cape Town.  We worked long hours on the boat, provisioned at the Fish Market, showered in the Team NZ locker rooms, cycled to Okahu & Mission Bay on our Merida road bikes, had a frequent flyer card at Valentino's, and rode Sector 9 longboards every Friday night to Mo's bar (corner of Wolfe & Federal) for one of Hemingway's favorite drinks - mojitos.  James is certain that we conceived Tormentina with a recipe of mojitos and skateboards in the 20 footer on the wharf.

These days, one of the coolest things we get to see are the AC72s out for their practice sails in the harbour.

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