Tuirangi

photo & details ex Ken Ricketts. edited by Alan H

Tuirangi’s original sail number was C35, but changed to F35 when the federation created the new “F” class, she remained F35 until the current system was created.

Built by A. (Bill) Couldrey & originally owned by Jack Allen, son of Henry Allen, (Tiromoana, the 1938 37′ Couldrey designed & built launch). Jack owned her from the late 1930’s until well into the 1970’s (even possibly the early 1980’s). Jack was a fitter & turner by trade, who was trained by Ken’s father, who said Jack was the best apprentice he ever had.

During WWII Jack was called up to join the war effort, in the Airforce, overseas, so Tuirangi along with a number of other yachts & launches, was pulled up on the sand at Judges Bay beach & covered with what was effectually a custom built hull fitting shed, of very strong timber & boarded up for about the next 5 or 6 years & she eventually sailed back on the world again in 1945.

Jack was a very traditional yachtie, of the highest order, adhering to all the best & oldest traditions of yacht racing. He refused for a great many years to even have an auxiliary engine, preferring to “row” the Tuirangi to her anchorage or moorings, when entering a crowded bay, or when there was no wind, (or both), with her dinghy. It was well into the 1950’s before Tuirangi had her first Ford 10 car engine conversion fitted.

When Jack married his wife Doreen, in the mid later 1940s, many thought he would soon replace Tuirangi with a launch & follow in his father Henry’s footsteps (Tiromoana). But no, not even when their children came along, did he falter in his love of sail.

It was only after the children arrived he actually fitted the engine, Ken recalls on many occasions seeing perhaps a dozen or more, pure white “pennants” flying from the stays & halliards in the late 1940’s & 50’s. Jack made one further concession to marriage & children when added the “dog house ” to the rear of the cabin top, to make for more comfortable family cruising.

While Jack passed away a year or 2 ago its hoped that Tuirangi maybe still alive & well – any more info on her past & current whereabouts would be appreciated.

Update from Neil Chalmers

Tuirangi is currently moored at Mahurangi . New photo shows her before Jack Allen fitted the doghouse.

And Neil – also pointed out the correct spelling of Tuirangi (now corrected). I used to think I was a shocker but Mr Ricketts is worse than me 🙂

Harold Kidd Update

Jack Allen had already ordered TUIRANGI from Bill Couldrey when war broke out in September 1939 with the intention that she would be launched before Christmas. However, she wasn’t finished and launched until after March 1940, understandably. Her first race appears to have been the Combined Clubs race to Matiatia in November 1940. Jack raced her consistently in the 4th Division with the Squadron for many years and did well with her.

8 thoughts on “Tuirangi

  1. Bruce Lethbridge owned Tuirangi in 1974. I don’t know how long he owned her, but we were privileged to spend a few weeks aboard in January 1975. It is now March 2018 and on a return journey we wondered about her and did what you do these days and went to google. Love to know where she is now.

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  2. Sailing for an hour or two around the beautiful Mahurangi Harbour or further a field if time allows you may get to see penguins ,dolphins,killer whales an fish to eat on any one day the choice will be yours when you book an exclusive tour . The scenery alone and the moment of being on the water in a classic yacht will be an experience of a lifetime

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  3. Tuirangi has as a brand new engine after not having one for along time and is available for exclusive free trips subject to weather and availability.Call Ryan on 02102222981.Donations will be accepted due to ongoing maintenance too this classic vessel Cheers

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  4. as the current keeper of Tuirangi I believe what you say is true as I have heard these facts.Shes 1940 and a pleasure to sail.Currently undergoig rudder hinge repairs and general check up at Sandspit

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  5. Jack Allen had already ordered TUIRANGI from Bill Couldrey when war broke out in September 1939 with the intention that she would be launched before Christmas. However, she wasn’t finished and launched until after March 1940, understandably. Her first race appears to have been the Combined Clubs race to Matiatia in November 1940. Jack raced her consistently in the 4th Division with the Squadron for many years and did well with her.

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  6. Have just been talking to Jack’s neice, Helen Andrew & indeed, am guilty as charged, — all my life, my parents had obviously slurred over the “i” & called her TURANGI & although I must have seen it on her hull, it was so long ago, my recall wasn’t good enough, I had just relied on recall of my parents “rendition” of it — I can see a number of people saying WHAT AGAIN???.Thank you so much for your input Neil. Helen & I both love the pic — looks like circa late 1930s or mid 1940s — great to hear she’s still here.

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