Classic Boat Day Out to Riverhead

Raindance all dolled up
Raindance all dolled up

What a great start to a great day. At 4:30am, we were up ready to watch the All Blacks perform their magic. What a great game.

Don’t forget you can click on these images to see them in their full glory

Alan, Grant and Fiona before boarding
Alan, Grant and Fiona before boarding

Grant and Alan preparing the ice

At 7:30 we drove around the corner to pick up friends Alan and Grant and headed up to Bayswater Marina where Alan keeps his 1920 Lanes classic boat Raindance.
Alan runs a blog called  Waitematawoodys.com check  it out.

Fiona keeping the dinghy away from the prop in the marina
Fiona keeping the dinghy away from the prop in the marina

Alan had already prepared Raindance for the trip so within 15 minutes or so, we were leaving the marina and heading for Lucas Creek. Once we passed under the Harbour Bridge, Grant was preparing the Heart starters for the day, Bloody Mary cocktails for us all. Within half of a Bloody Mary, Fiona was really enjoying herself!

The Heart Starters
The Heart Starters
Fiona with her Bloody Mary after going under the Harbour Bridge
Fiona with her Bloody Mary after going under the Harbour Bridge
On the way to Riverhead - Auckland harbour Bridge
On the way to Riverhead – Auckland harbour Bridge

The weather was perfect and the sea was calm and an hour or so later, we were at the meeting point of Lucas Creek. There we were met by several other Classic boats and we lead the way up the river to the Riverhead Hotel, where they were expecting us for brunch.

We were met at the Riverhead Hotel by several other Classic boaties who had arrived by car.

Getting ready to go
Getting ready to go

As always, the Hotel had turned on a good spread and it was nice to spend an hour or two meeting up with old friends with their Classic Boats. Although, it wasn’t a big turnout it was nice to see them there.

Auckland City when we were nearly back. The cloud has gone
Auckland City when we were nearly back. The cloud has gone
Where we went.. From Bayswater to Riverhead and back.
Where we went.. From Bayswater to Riverhead and back.

The last few times that we had taken Rorqual up to Riverhead, we have had up to 28 classic boats but the RWC and the Auckland Marathon probably put a few off.

Fiona enjoying a cider
Fiona enjoying a cider. Alan driving

As the tide turned, we left the Hotel to make sure we could get out of the river before it ran out of water and returned back to Bayswater. A great day with some great people with their nice boats.

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