Day 71, Year 7: The World’s Best Mooring
Date:  Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Weather: Partly Sunny, Windy, Temp Dropping Again
Location: Brewer Fiddler’s Cove Marina, N Falmouth, MA

It’s that time of month. The new Cruising World magazine arrived and I was
immediately drawn to the article by Webb Chiles entitled, “The World’s Best
Mooring.” He pegs that at 35 degrees, 18 minutes S by 174 degrees 7 minutes
E in New Zealand. Webb Chiles has circumnavigated the world five times, but
I wonder if he has ever spent time in Malaysia and Thailand. We’ve only
been around once, and New Zealand was a wonderful place to visit, but it
wouldn’t be our choice as the world’s best mooring spot. We’d move that
spot a little further north and east. We know the exact spot where Webb
Chiles’ boat is moored. When we first arrived in New Zealand, we anchored
just in front of the gumdrop-shaped Pine Tree Island that is featured on the
first page of his article. We traveled further south to Whangarei for a few
months, but when we returned, we anchored just behind his boat, The Hawke of
Tuonela. Our recorded latitude was 35 minutes 18.57 degrees S by 174
degrees 7.82 minutes E. We truly were right behind The Hawke of Tuonela
claiming Boston as its home port. So we saw the same things he sees, we
just saw them differently. Don’t get me wrong. It is a beautiful place on
this planet Earth. But there are other equally beautiful places that are
warmer and those would get our vote. I found it interesting that the photos
in the Webb Chiles article were so similar to our photos. The article
certainly brought back a flood of memories.

There was no rain today and the sun shone through a partly cloudy sky. But
north winds started blowing around noon and the temperature starting
dropping shortly thereafter. Mark and I picked Sam and Jonah up from school
and spent the afternoon with them at Heather and Jed’s. Heather flew south
this afternoon, so Jed is alone with the boys tonight. We’ll be back with
them tomorrow afternoon and we’ll be busy baking birthday cupcakes for Sam
to share with his friends at school on Friday. We came home from New
Zealand for Sam’s birth on January 21 in 2007. It’s hard for us to believe
that was five years ago.

120118 Day 71 Cape Cod, USA–Memories from New Zealand