We drove up to Russell (across from Opua in the Bay of Islands) because our friends on Nina, Rosemary and David, were entered in the Tall Ship Race and Jim wanted the chance to race on her. Nina is a 1928 sailboat, 70 ft long, with an impressive history. The forecast was for 45k winds and we took a lot of water over the decks. Nina did well, winning a couple awards.
The race was followed by a traditional hangi, the Maori style of cooking food buried in the ground with hot rocks. It’s a huge operation requiring hours and hours of cooking time and lots of manual labor. What a treat for the senses–we were surrounded by a pungent earthy smell and warm steam.