"Good water, good life; poor water, poor life; no water, no life" Sir Peter Blake

Saturday, September 01, 2012

A kids life!

People often ask "how are the kids coping?" ... Well.. the kids have adapted great, and the LOVE living on the boat - even my Nanny was surprised with their answer!  It is certainly full of socialising, and general day to day things. There is always entertainment and the kids make friends so easily with the locals! 

 There is nothing like being able to spread your wings...

 Kids in the spa at Uncle Gordon's place - who poured half the container of soap in it???

 ahhh....the luxuries!!

 TJ and the TIP TOP regulars... 

 Freya and Lukas hiding.  Lukas was born the day after Freya and Lukas's mum and I have been best friends since primary school!  

yet another visit to the Tip Top parlour!

 Blake wanting to help scrub the cockpit in the middle of winter of course!

 Freya and Blake, watching the Friday Night Rum Racing

 Freya thinks they lit the Skytower with rainbow colours after all it has been raining and there have been lots of rainbows.

 Blake chilling out...

 Testing the strength of a clothesline!

 Our little water baby

Giant Jumping pillows - always good fun!

 all these balloons for me???? Enjoying the birthday celebrations on the Waterfront. 

 Aboard the William C Daldy 

 1st and 2nd mate aboard the William C Daldy

Air hockey at it's smallest

Baking on board - rainbow cookies! YUM!

 Enjoying socializing in the Viaduct on board other cats!

America's Cup AC72 Launching

The launching of the AC72 Amercia's Cup catamaran was a truly spectacular day. We were fortunate enough to be part of the launch day VIP party as well. A great evening and perfect weather. Craig and the Team NZ guys worked their butts off to get it all done in time, and they deserved all the praise. Well done Team!

The wing is 38m high, and the cat hulls are 22m long and 14m wide. What a machine!...This catamaran is the first of two Team NZ will build for the 2013 America's Cup. The 72-footers will be used for the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers and the America's Cup match, both to be held on San Francisco Bay next year so pretty exciting stuff really!

It can only be sailed 30 days between launch day and 31st Jan 2013 so testing has to be programmed strategically to make sure they make the most of each day of testing on the harbour. - the chase boats have heaps of grunt on them just to try to keep up with them! 

 Totally unnerving watching a boat being hoisted on dry land - it's heartstopping!

 and then comes the wing....
 The wing is something else isn't it!

The AC72 heading to the launch area

 Awaiting her ceremonious welcome.  What a day to be in the Viaduct!

 Feeding time at the Zoo!  The lads dive into some well deserved tucker.

 Freya knows how exciting the moment is for New Zealand and is right at the heart of it!
 Freya liked the look of Ray Davies hat...she thought it was a possumn.

Capturing the moment with Dean Barker, helmsman of the beast in the background.