We took a three-day vacation from the Coromandel. On Thursday afternoon we rented a car, strapped the kids in, and drove up to Auckland for the media presentation at Richmond Yacht Club.
We had a full house at RYC and gave away some awesome door prizes from all of our generous sponsors: bottom paint (Altex Coatings), freeze-dri food (Back Country Cuisine), Icon headlamp (Black Diamond Equipment), logo-wear (C-Tech), logo-wear (Doyle Sails NZ), 1-year subscription to UK's Seahorse Magazine (Dibley Marine Yacht Designs), Harken Squall Bag (Harken NZ), product & work voucher (NZ Rigging), 1 free night berthage (Viaduct Marina), voucher for a haul-out, powerwash, hard-stand & relaunch (Whitianga Marina), 2 kevlar gear bags & logo-wear (North Sails NZ), Baltic 3-hook tether (Safety at Sea), & 3 shoulder bags (NKE Marine Electronics). Sadly for the anarchist fans out there, the Sailing Anarchy prizes got stuck in customs!
We were happy to see the faces of so many friends in the crowd and flattered that everyone stayed until the end. The best part of the night was Tormentina (age 4 going on 21) grabbing the microphone and putting in her two cents about what it's like sailing on Anasazi Girl in the Southern Ocean. She is planning to do the next talk, so maybe we'd better ask for two mics next time.
Thanks again to our sponsors and to Trish Lewis, Bryon Wright, & Fleur Cox for organizing the show. Our midwife Tina Patrick and her husband Jonny kindly put us up for two nights. Our good friend Andy Ball (who also happens to be Tina's brother) let us stay on the Sea Harmony the night of the show. We are so lucky to have friends in this world.