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.