New Zealand Winter Junket

  • 03 Aug 2018 08:43
    Message # 6411521
    Alan on Zebedee has his 60th birthday coming up on 29th August, so we are planning a BIG celebration for his birthday.  Which just so happens to be in August, when we usually hold a winter junket.

    The plan is to celebrate on and around Zebedee in Orongo Bay (35°17'30"S,174°08'E).  There were some caustic comments at the AGM about the number of people who arrived via wheeled vessels rather than under sail, so I hope to see plenty of junks at anchor there.  Those whose boats are being built, rebuilt, re-rigged and those who simply don't have a boat, may be able to hitch a ride, but if all else fails, will have to go there using wheels.  Marcus is planning to take Freebie, (with a new rig!!) and he will provide a ferry service where necessary.

    If those with larger vessels would be willing to offer berths to those whose boats are being built, rebuilt, or re-rigged, or those who simply don't have a boat, that would be very much appreciated.  I dare say Alan could offer a bunk or two.  Otherwise, we will just have to manage the best we can.  Each of us will bring food and grog for the occasion, and if it's anything like most junkets, you'd be wise to supply yourself for a few days!

    The last 60th birthday party I went to in Orongo Bay, we had 6 boats rafted up and rowing races.  Let's outdo that one and have a really memorable Winter Junket.

    Incidentally, there is a junket in Maine just a couple of days later.  I don't suppose those of you in the UK could rustle up one as well, to provide a hat trick?

    Last modified: 03 Aug 2018 08:45 | Anonymous member
  • 09 Aug 2018 02:08
    Reply # 6423683 on 6411521

    Happy birthday Alan! What an ideal way to mark the day. If you all carry on for a couple of days, the junket in Maine will commence, and we will truly be simultaneous. If we can figure out the date and time change (you are tomorrow, for us), we could have a ceremonial simultaneous toast! Photo texting?? Folks are arriving here starting on Thursday, at least two boats arriving by sea on Friday (US East Coast). You all might have gone home by then, but if not, wouldn't it be fun!


  • 09 Aug 2018 21:57
    Reply # 6440384 on 6411521

    What a brilliant idea, Shemaya.  You are 16 hours behind NZ, which might make it difficult for us to raise that glass, but as a member of the Royal Society will be on board for the event, I'm sure he will tell us how to make a plan :-P

  • 10 Aug 2018 18:35
    Reply # 6464810 on 6411521

    Maybe the glass would be orange juice, in New Zealand :-)

    From the online converter, I get:

    Maine – Thursday, August 30, 1700 hrs. (5 PM)

    Aukland/Orongo Bay – Friday, August 31, 0900 hrs. (9 AM)

    We will have more folks here 24 hours later, Friday 1700 hrs./ NZ Saturday 0900 hrs.– but you might really all be gone home by then!


  • 26 Aug 2018 01:03
    Reply # 6638899 on 6411521

    Calling all Kiwis!  Don't forget Alan's Birthday Junket this Wednesday.  Starting when it starts and finishing a day or two later.

  • 28 Aug 2018 23:35
    Reply # 6643466 on 6411521

    Happy birthday Alan, very desapointed no taste the last "Chateau Zebedee"

    Lakatao's crew

  • 30 Aug 2018 21:37
    Reply # 6646962 on 6411521

    Ah, Bruno.  C'est magnifique!  We were all sorry that you weren't there, too.

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