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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Paradise on our doorstep - Kayaking, Fishing, Sailing and Boating

A perfect day on a sea kayak
The weather forecast was zero wind, sunny and warm - the perfect setting for another wonderful day on the water.  I headed down mid morning and launched my kayak from Waiake Beach (map) - my Favourite favourite - its not easy to pick the best beach from such a wide range of stunning beaches on Auckland's North Shore.  The following are some pictures taken from my kayak as I paddled from Waiake Beach to the Tor, across Winston Cove then down to Browns Bay Beach before setting off over to deeper water by the Browns Bay reef.  My final hour was spent at Waiake Beach watching the young 8-10 year old sailors from Torbay Sailing Club setting off on a final regatta for the season.

A family preparing to launch their boat from the beach before heading off to one of many excellent fishing grounds just a few kilometers from the shore.

Cliff top glass walled pool
I found this amazing site just 5 houses away from my favourite beach -  a glass walled swimming pool protruding over a cliff at least 20 meters above the sea. This is only visible from the ocean.

Fishing from the rocks
There are numerous great spots along this coastline for keen anglers to cast from in the hope of catching a tasty dinner.  The first picture shows anglers on the ledge on the northern point of Browns Bay beach.  The second is a distant glimpse of anglers at the northern point of Winston Cove - around the corner from the Long Bay Marine Reserve.

With the calm seas and great weather, young and old enjoy the water all year round.  A father and daughter about to set off on a paddle.


Boating and water safety
This boat - on its maiden voyage with its new owners - provided much spectator value for beach goers.  First, the owner got his car stuck in the soft beach sand.  Then his boat got stranded on the sand as the tide retreated before he could launch.  However, this may have been a blessing in disguise - we discovered the boat had taken on lots of water and after some investigating found that there was a missing plug - and a 20mm diameter hole - below the water line.  This boat was going nowhere except back to the shop where it was purchased.  A reminder to those heading out on the water to double check their equipment and safety gear before heading out and to be extra careful when setting off on an unfamiliar boat.

All in all, another great day out and another reminder of the wonderful scenery and plentiful activities for families, all right on our doorstep.

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