Patiki Yachts – Sailing Sunday + a trip to Waiheke

photo ex Michael O’Dwyer

The rather serene photo above shows a number of Patiki yachts tied up in Ahuriri Lagoon, it was taken just 4 days before the February 3rd 1931 Napier earthquake. The earthquake reduced the size of the lagoon considerably when the seabed in the area lifted (up to 2.7 metres just north of Napier) spelling the end of lagoon sailing to the far Poraiti hills. The photo is hanging on the wall at the Napier Sailing Club.

Updated – to appease Robin E I have added a wee bit more sailing to ‘sailing sunday’ 🙂

Kahurangi (below x2) at Napier – Michael O’Dwyer commented that the Patiki Kahurangi was last owned by a current NSC member Peter Parvin, about 30 years ago. He had replaced some broken ribs and had it moored in a creek awaiting further work. Unfortunately some scallywags deciding to go for an adventure untied it and let drift off into a storm grate which destroyed it.
Peter told Michael they had sailed her once in about 10 knots of breeze and recalls it being quite scary with her massive rig and no ballast.

Maroondah (below) off Westshore Beach


Some Chat
Yesterday several classic launch owners & friends went to Waiheke Island for the inaugural Oyster Festival held at the Rangihoua Estate Olive Grove, the day was a brilliant mix of live music, fine local wines & craft beers + the most succulent Te Matuku Bay oysters cooked every which way. And for the non oyster lovers there were plenty of other dishes to sample.
On route we had a a little scare that thankfully was a false alarm, while motoring along approx. 1k from the island we spotted something in the water & turned around. It was a body & the mood on board sobered up pretty fast, closer inspection revealed it was a dummy that Coast Guard had planted as part of an exercise. There was a note explaining this attached to the dummy. All very relived that the day was not going to be distributed by a ‘floater’.

A peek below at the venue & food.

Passed Nereides heading home


10 thoughts on “Patiki Yachts – Sailing Sunday + a trip to Waiheke

  1. The date I supplied to Alan was written on the back of the photo.Also written were the names of three of the craft. Kahurangi and Maroondah were legible but the other was smudged as it had been written in pencil.


  2. Back to the so-called ‘sailing sunday’.
    Not sure what the three boats on the left are, take your pick from Meteor, Illinoie, Sayonara, Sunray, Kahurangi or Veronique, which were among the bigger patikis on the Napier Lagoon. The three boats on the right are (probably) the 16-footer Bronzewing, the 14-foot one design (X-class) Konini and the far right is the Logan Bros built flyer Maroondah.

    Not sure about the date of the Napier photo as being ‘4 days before the earthquake’. I always understood this pic to be a bit earlier, probably 1926 or 1927, largely because the Konini (Hawkes Bay Rep in the 1924, 1925 and 1926 Sanders Cup) had dropped out of racing after 1927.

    Always open to a substantiated correction though. 🙂


  3. I’ve hung back on the Napier patikis because they’re very much Robin’s bag. Most of the early ones were built by Logan Bros and a few by Bailey & Lowe. The later examples were built in Napier by Robert Farquhar who had been boatbulding in Tauranga and Auckland before.
    All were very rapid but the loss of the Ahuriri Lagoon forced them out into the sometimes rough waters of Hawke Bay for which they were not suited.
    The later 27 footers SAYONARA and VERONIQUE built by Farquhar were probably the fastest yachts built in New Zealand to that time. I’m sure Robin will come in with identification of all the yachts in the image.
    Very, very wonderful craft!


  4. Apologies if the dummy caused any concerns! You’ll also be pleased to know the volunteers found it quite quickly despite it drifting at a little under 2 knots for several hours before the search commenced!


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