Patricia

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PATRICIA

I arrived at Orakei Marina yesterday morning a little early so wandered over to the Okahu Bay haul out area & spied Patricia in the travel-lift slings so wandered over & when up close got a very big shock, something very ugly has happened to her. Scroll down……………… remember click photos to enlarge.
And fyi – no sailing on Rainbow yesterday, zip wind so we motored to the start line, mooched around, said hi to the other boats doing the same & then had a crew vote – 100% hands up for a cup of tea & chocolate cake back at the marina 🙂 Will have to wait for another day for that sail. We zig zagged around Westhaven checking out a few classics & the odd super yacht – will post on Tuesday.

Can anyone advise what happened to her & what the plan is for her?. She was obviously a very well loved classic & deserves to be restored, fingers crossed.

And folks, what is the go with these guys – do they have an exemption to the 12 knt. limit ?

Input from Robin Elliott

Patricia was a very early H28, built by Phil Barton in 1953 and registered as F-89, Owner S.S. Thorington.
In the mid 1950’s the F’s and E’s were re-jigged and Patricia came out of it as E-89.
Subsequent owners were:
J.N. Wrightson 1957/59+?; O.P. Martinengo 1960?/61; R. Thode 1961+?; G.J. Stern 1962/66; C.J. alexander & J.R. Court 1966/73+? (Still Registered as Owner NZYF 1978);
No registered owners after 1978.

Her NZYF number is/was 489

AYMBA reg card says blt 1953
SS Aug 1962: Sloop rigged H28; Martinengo’s Patricia caused many upsets with her racing performances
SS Nov 1962: Back racing with RAYC again.
SS Apr 1966: Entered Balokovic Cup with RAYC.

Registered dims as at 1957:
28’x 23’6″x 8’9″x 3’9″, 349 sqft sloop, 3350 lb outside, 5cwt inside. 220 sq ft  sloop 8 hp stuart turner 1961

RAYC: Henry Slyfield Cup 1960
AAR: Hcap 1961, Moana Cup 1968

For sale on TradeMe Feb 2012: $30000

Not currently registered with YNZ

Input from Neil Chalmers
Greg Parkinson , a contemporary of Flap Martinego told me how in the early 1960’s Flap had a headsail made ( probably by ‘Sails &Covers’ ) for Patricia from the new fangled material – Terylene ( dacron) .. Greg and Flap had always had cotton sails. A Terylene sail in those days was real state of the art . They couldn’t wait to try it out , so after work they headed out of Westhaven in Patricia .The crackle and noise of the new sail and extra speed is still remembered by Greg. !!

Input from James Mortimer
Patricia is owned by Dave Palmer. He is a long time member of the CYA.
She broke her mooring in the big NE’er of late Feb, and founded on the rocks adjacent to Tamaki Drive.
Dave wrote to me and told me it has been an extremely difficult incident for him to come to terms with having just spent six months and hundreds of man hours restoring her to reflect the appearance expected of such a classic. It was a sad ending for a yacht with such a colourful history.

10 thoughts on “Patricia

  1. Very sad to read this news. I knew the owners of PATRICIA in the mid-1990s and sailed on her in the Hauraki Gulf in 1995. They owned, maintained, and sailed her in beautiful condition until she was sold in 2012. Their names are Jo Davies & Meriel Watts, now of Waiheke. Should have been clearly listed in the Registry. Patricia was built of Kauri and for all the reasons others have written about, I sure hope she is restored for sailing again! I own a 1936 Danish spidsgatter called PAX in Port Townsend, Washington. While she never went on the rocks (tap wood) she certainly had her fair share of near disasters. Each time, someone stepped up and restored her and she in turn, restored us. I’m in New Zealand for a few weeks – signing copies of a book I wrote to track down Pax’s history (called FINDING PAX) at BoatBooks later this month. Hopefully, will also be sailing in the Classic Regatta and meet some of you woodies while I’m here!

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  2. NO NOT A CHILDRENS PLAYGROUND.
    She was damaged beyond repair & would not have been sea worthy again.
    Patricia will be restored with love on our bush block with views towards the Firth of Thames. We are very excited to find out a bit more information about her so thanks so much for this wonderful website.
    I’m sure she has provided great joy to all who sailed in her over the years & we hope that she will continue to give much joy in the future. We are really looking forward to giving her a second life & hope to be able to use her as ” Landlubbers accommodation” with gorgeous decks & a jetty overlooking fabulous bush & with a glimpse of the sea.

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  3. I have the blueprints she was built from. Or was it Lady Pat? Supposedly the 1st or at least among the first built in NZ

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  4. Yes Flap remembered Patricia fondly and he could get her to go like no other H28, a sad end to a boat that had a proud history and was very tidy when on the swing moorings at Westhaven in the eighties.

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  5. Whent onto rocks okahu bay month or so ago dragged onto barge then dragged off at landings.check your moorings

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  6. Patricia spent months mid 2015 out at The Landing being repainted by her then owner. During that easterly cyclone remnant she came off her mooring in Hobson Bay and ended up against Tamaki Drive just before OBC. She has been purchased from an insurance company and is destined, as I heard, to be a child’s playground in some backyard. Her hull will “trimmed to permit her to be sat on a pad. Her lead keel was sold by her new owner and has now been separated from the hull. Better than the dump I suggest.

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  7. Patricia was a very early H28, built by Phil Barton in 1953 and registered as F-89, Owner S.S. Thorington.
    In the mid 1950’s the F’s and E’s were re-jigged and Patricia came out of it as E-89.
    Subsequent owners were:
    J.N. Wrightson 1957/59+?; O.P. Martinengo 1960?/61; R. Thode 1961+?; G.J. Stern 1962/66; C.J. alexander & J.R. Court 1966/73+? (Still Registered as Owner NZYF 1978);
    No registered owners after 1978.

    Her NZYF number is/was 489

    AYMBA reg card says blt 1953
    SS Aug 1962: Sloop rigged H28; Martinengo’s Patricia caused many upsets with her racing performances
    SS Nov 1962: Back racing with RAYC again.
    SS Apr 1966: Entered Balokovic Cup with RAYC.

    Registered dims as at 1957:
    28’x 23’6″x 8’9″x 3’9″, 349 sqft sloop, 3350 lb outside, 5cwt inside. 220 sq ft sloop 8 hp stuart turner 1961

    RAYC: Henry Slyfield Cup 1960
    AAR: Hcap 1961, Moana Cup 1968

    For sale on TradeMe Feb 2012: $30000

    Not currently registered with YNZ

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  8. 1. That’s a crying shame! I’ve no idea what happened to her, but “Patricia” is one of the classic woody H-28s from back in the 50s. She had a major renovation a few years ago, and when i saw her in ?Putiki Bay? a couple of months ago she looked very tidy. Obviously some rocks have leapt up and chewed at her, but how when and where I haven’t heard.

    2. No, they f****** well don’t! Not as far as I know, anyway. They’re not ferries, don’t have strobe lights flashing when under way. The b****** things zoom around on the Upper Harbour, frequently well within 200 m of the shore, and make a nuisance of themselves when we’re trying to start races up there. Hope their chooks turn into Moas and kick their dunnies down!

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