THE STORY SO FAR
In the spring of 2005 Tainui sailed south from Hobart to Macquarie Island, New Zealand’s subantarctic islands (Campbell and the Aucklands), Stewart Island and the fjords of South Island. She then returned to Sydney via Nelson and Lord Howe Island.
After a brief sojourn back in Australia she again crossed the Tasman to New Zealand and continued on to the Chatham Islands, then across the Southern Ocean to spend 2 rich seasons cruising Patagonia. Tainui then sailed north along the east coasts of the Americas via Cuba and New York to Labrador. Then, turning east from Nova Scotia, she crossed the North Atlantic to Scotland via Iceland, Faroe and the Shetlands. After wintering in Scotland she cruised the Baltic to St Petersburg before heading back through Sweden to the Norwegian coast for a late summer visit to Svalbard.
In 2013 Tainui spent a chilly winter on the hard at Skattora in Tromso (arctic Norway), in anticipation of her journey from North Cape into the Barents Sea and across to Russia. In early June she entered the White Sea and cleared into Russia at Archangel’sk. With belated cooperation from Russia’s bureaucracy and the enthusiastic support of local people, she followed the Volga and Don Rivers to Ukraine and the Black Sea.
After a well-earned rest at her winter quarters in Marmaris (Turkey), Tainui sailed west via the Greek Islands, Croatia and Venice to La Linea de Conception (Gibraltar). In February 2015 she crossed the Atlantic from Cabo Verde to Trinidad, then via Venezuela and Colombia to Panama. She passed through the Panama Canal in November and has just arrived in Brisbane after the long trade wind passage from Ecuador, via the Galápagos, French Polynesia, Niue, Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia.
For friends and family, this is an account of Tainui’s travels.