North Shore Times : April 21st 2016
AnzacDay’s 100th year P5 Wheelstarz give fresh lessons P8 North Shore Times Thursday, April 21, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER what’s selling $1,100,000 86Porritt Ave,Chatswood First time on the market in 38 years. Three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas. About 661 square metres with manicured gardens and lawn. Sold byBayleysRemuera Alex MacDonald inMilford Marina following his nine month sailing trip fromMexico to New Zealand. PHOTO:TOM DILLANE/FAIRFAX NZ From Mexico to Milford TOMDILLANE Alex MacDonald may be redefining the term ‘‘retirement’’. At 80 years old the Milford resi- dent just captained his sailboat, Angel Wings, on an extended trip from Mexico to New Zealand. A merchant marine by trade, MacDonald has spent his life on the sea, captaining 150,000 ton freighters to every region on earth, but he’s always called the North Shore home. Although this was MacDon- ald’s longest journey at sea in a small boat he denies any grand meaning lay behind it. ‘‘I’ll quote Edmund Hillary: ‘if Formuch of the trip he also only had one crewmember. the mountain’s there we’ve got to climb it’,’’ he says. ‘‘It wasn’t anything more than that, I just decided to do it. ‘‘I’ve been at sea for 50 odd years, by the time I was eight I was sailing in yachts, and in the merchant marine I was at sea for months, so this was nothing new.’’ The trip did, however, take a physical toll. Faulty electrics in the boat and a lack of auto-pilot meant MacDonald had to spend 10 to 12 hours a day on deck steering. For much of the trip he also only had one crew member. His sailboat, Angel Wings, was bought from La Paz in Mexico where the trip began. ‘‘It’s a very well made German boat but I don’t like the name. I didn’t want to change it though because it’s bad luck,’’ he laughs. Navigating the Pacific Ocean, MacDonald’s trip had two essential island stop offs. ‘‘We made sure we got to Raro- tonga to see the All Blacks in the world cup semi-final and then we had to get to Tonga to watch the final,’’ he says. This most recent trip is just the latest in a long history of sailing for the MacDonald family. ‘‘My great grandfather came to New Zealand with his relations in 1860, they built their own ship on Prince Edward Island in Canada and sailed the ship to Auckland,’’ MacDonald says. MacDonald says his future sailing plans may have to be more low key. ‘‘I doubt my wife will give me permission to go on another trip this length,’’ he says wryly. ‘‘I’ll just cruise up and down the Hauraki Gulf for now.’’ $450,000 14/18Parr Tce,CastorBay Renovated one bedroom unit with the privacy and security of being in a complex with a swimming pool and spa. Sold byBayleys LongBay SeeReal Estate Outlook inside $1,635,000 26 Mariposa Cres, Birkenhead Point Character/contemporary blend. Open plan kitchen/living/dining with spacious entertainer’s deck. Fully fenced grounds. Sold byBayleysTakapuna Shorecare Northcross NOW OPEN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1 FREE ACC for children aged 0-12 at all times Northcross NORTHCROSS OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR 8AM - 8PM 948 East Coast Road Northcross Corner of Oteha Valley Road PH: 09 486 7777• www.shorecare.co.nz Pharmacy OPEN 365 DAYS 8.30AM - 8PM 855 East Coast Road, Northcross Opposite Shorecare PH: 09 478 5234 2 Medical consultations FREE FOR CHILDREN aged 0-12 from 6pm to 8am, all weekends and Public Holidays. 3 Shorecare is part of the After Hours Network (REDUCED patient fees for eligible patients) Shorecare Smales Farm OPEN 24 hours - 365 DAYS NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY 6918429AJ sold!
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