Sorceress – Sailing Sunday


SORCERESS – Sailing Sunday
Photos ex Lynn Berquist & Steve Horsley. Details Hugh Gladwell

Many of you will be aware of the death of Peter Bailey on 30 December 2015. Peter was a founder of the Mahurangi Cruising Club and revived the racing of yachts as part of the Mahurangi Regatta.
His family have asked the MCC to assist with the sale of his yacht Sorceress which has been on the hard at the old Cement Works in Warkworth for the last few years. Sorceress is a 46 ft Laurent Giles design which Peter had built in Tauranga in the 1970’s. It would be hard to imagine a more imposing or statuesque vessel. Her sister ship Dyarchy is a legendary English yacht and was described at length in Eric Hiscocks book Cruising Under Sail.
Sorceress is triple skinned and was hauled out to have her topsides taken back to bare wood and glassed. This work has been done but the glass needs to be filled and faired then painted.
She may from the above photos look a handful to sail but Peter often cruised in her singlehanded.
Peter and his boat were an absolute item and the MCC will greatly miss his maniacal laugh, the roaring bow wave and the bowsprit pointing to the sky.
The club would love her to remain part of the Mahurangi scene and the family seek expressions of interest.

To view or for further details call Hugh Gladwell 021 606 409


The latest edition of this annual publication is now out & about. The 2016 issue (88 pages) is stunning – its a great visual insight into the regatta weekend & a cracker of a read, in the past the stories have been a bit ‘hairy’ but this year they are very cool. (excuse my crappy iphone photos)
I would suggest to grab a copy asap as this one will sell out, which it will at only $15
Where from you ask? Any of the below.

1. Boat Books – 22 Westhaven Drive, Freemans Bay – 09 358 5691 or online
2. From the MCC – c/o of P.O.Box 555, Warkworth.
3. On the day at the regatta – but you may miss out 😦

ps nice to see the motorboats featured again 😉

Remember : Circle Jan 29 > Feb 5th on the calendar is a great classic boating weekend – 2 regattas (Mahurangi & Auckland) + loads of wooden boating activities – both on-the-water & ashore – details below:
anniversary weekend 2016 poster

9 thoughts on “Sorceress – Sailing Sunday

  1. Hi Wayne,
    I would love to see those if possible, she has taken some damage but all fixable, my contact details are below feel free to contact me. I have set her down at the hibiscus marine and storage in whangaperoa should you want to see her again


  2. Lee, I have just seen this and helped build Sorceress (in a minor way) but sailed on her a lot and helped deliver her to Warkworth all those years ago. We were great friends of Petes. I am away Rving for 3 weeks but will dig out all my old pics of the build & sailing when back. Cheers, Wayne Larsen.


  3. Hi,
    Unfortunately some sad news, “Sorceress” slipped her mooring and beached herself on the rocks in little Shoal Bay. She was holed and her spreader and rudder were damaged, we lost really.

    But some good news , i brought her and i am on a mission to restore her to her former glory. i would welcome any pictures of her being built or just sailing.

    looking forwards to hearing from anyone



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  5. Chris, thanks for your note. Unfortunately we lost touch with Pete some time ago and we were very sad to hear he had passed without us being able to be in contact for some time. We have also tried to track Liz and the kids down and haven’t been able to do that either. If you could possibly pass on our e-mail address we’d appreciate it: We don’t have any recent pics of the pirate but have lots of old (pre-digital) ones that I will need to scan. Pls keep in touch. Cheers, Sue & Wayne.


  6. Hi sue and wayne larsen.
    My name is Chris Murphy
    I am a cousin of Pete Bailey his mother and my father here in England were brother and sister.
    My husband and I visited New Zealand 3 times and sailed on his yacht, Pete was always a great insperation and funny guy I loved him dearly and was shocked to hear through his wife liz that he had died.
    I am wondering if you could send me a photo of him in recent years on his boat as a momento.
    we were good friends of Doug and Helen up at the bay of islands where Doug he has his boat yard.
    I can just see him now laughing and his saying HOW BLOODY FUNNY

    kind regards


  7. Dear Wayne and Sue Larsen and Hellyer, I would love to have copies of the photos you mentioned. Please contact me.Warm Regards,
    Bill Cooke


  8. We are so sorry to hear that Peter Bailey has died. Sorceress was built by a friend and we often sailed on her in Tauranga before helping Peter deliver her to the Cement works berth all those years ago. You will not be surprised to know that we had many funny, scary, but usually interesting adventures with Pete over the years and I can still hear his loud voice saying “how bloody funny!” Like it was yesterday. I have hundreds of photos of the Sorceress build and early sailing days if anyone is interested. Wayne & Sue Larsen & Hellyer


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