Korowai – Sailing Sunday


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KOROWAI – Sailing Sunday
photos & details ex Ben Shields

WW has had an inquiry from Ben seeking information on the 1948 32′ Woollacott Korowai (F8). Ben thinks she is a ‘Mayfly’.

What do we know about her?

I’m currently at Lake Rotoiti for the Classic & Wooden Boat Parade weekend, look out early next week for some stunning photos 😉

Harold Kidd Input

Korowai was built by Shipbuilders Ltd in 1950 for Richard Rolphe Judd of 10 Cumberland Ave.
She was 31’6” x 9’x 4’9” which makes me think she was a MAY design.

7 thoughts on “Korowai – Sailing Sunday

  1. Hello All
    just put the tape over her its 32 foot Beam 8/6″ so it looks like its a MayFly but the WL on a Mayfly is 25″ Korowa its 28″ ?

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  2. My mate Barry Brickell (alas, recently deceased) and I sailed on RAUMATI when Dane Macky owned her. Two great guys.

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  3. Robin
    Thanks, and I have made an error re Raumati, and you are correct she is a Big may, along with Shadow, Lady Pat, Hope & White Water.

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  4. Raumati ex Big May is larger as evidenced when they were on the hard together at Okahu bay 80s early 90s

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  5. Yes Harolds comments on her dimensions certainly match those of the May Design. Her sister ships will then be Raumati, Atarangi, Tanganui & Ranganui.

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  6. Hello Alan,

    During the 1970s Korowai was owned by Eric Roberts and moored at Shelly Park, Howick.

    I recall that in those days she had a Ford 10 petrol engine, with no reverse, so could be quite difficult to manoeuvre into her cradle for the annual shave and haircut.

    After Eric died she was sold, and I remember seeing her on the handstand at Akarana being given a major overhaul.

    It’s great to see her looking so good

    Cheers Alistair Rowe 0276644581

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