Okahu Bay – Sailing Sunday

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Okahu Bay ?- Sailing Sunday
photo from ex Mac Taylor Collection

The above photo shows a collection of yachts being rigged  on Auckland’s Waitemata waterfront, my guess on the location would be Orakei / Okahu Bay . Anyone able to ID the class /division of the nearest yacht & the location?

Check into ww tomorrow – we will be visiting a boat shed for a sneak peek at a restoration of a special boat…………

Input from Robin Elliott

Ken is right with Hobson Bay I think, from the look of the number of moored boats out there.
The Hobson Bay boat sheds were completed in November 1939 and the wave screen he mentioned in front of them was added a few weeks later.
The main wave break across Okahu and Hobson bays, bits of which are still standing, was not added until the April/May1940.

Unless the angle is deceptive, I’m guessing the photo has been taken just before the short wave break was completed in front of the boatsheds.

The boats are mullet boats, probably 26’s from the number of crew .

It’s not Regatta Day 1940 because that was a howling gale.
My guess is that it’s Opening Day 25 November 1939 which was described as a perfect full sail breeze from the north east. Eight clubs combined for the day and had a jolly good time. 100 yachts took part. Racing started off Kings Wharf

 

 

12 thoughts on “Okahu Bay – Sailing Sunday

  1. I can’t zoom that pic but if you can see the outer wave break then it’s post 1940, and probably post 1945, but where is the inner wave break that sat across the face of the dinghy lockers? Cut out by camera angle?

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  2. Hi Alan , The Dinghy lockers .
    The wave break is visible , and its Stanley Point across the harbor .
    The Naval base is out of shot to the right .

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  3. Depends on your eye I guess 🙂
    I see Stanley Point just behind the boat with the pennants and the low profile of Stanley Bay to the right with Sulphur Beach/ Northcote in the left far background.

    It’s also possibly the Mechanics Bay boatsheds too that Ken also mentioned although the expanse of water from the foreground to the North shore looks too big. Need to go down there with a camera and try and run some angles.

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  4. Ken is right with Hobson Bay I think, from the look of the number of moored boats out there.
    The Hobson Bay boat sheds were completed in November 1939 and the wave screen he mentioned in front of them was added a few weeks later.
    The main wave break across Okahu and Hobson bays, bits of which are still standing, was not added until the April/May1940.

    Unless the angle is deceptive, I’m guessing the photo has been taken just before the short wave break was completed in front of the boatsheds.

    The boats are mullet boats, probably 26’s from the number of crew .

    It’s not Regatta Day 1940 because that was a howling gale.
    My guess is that it’s Opening Day 25 November 1939 which was described as a perfect full sail breeze from the north east. Eight clubs combined for the day and had a jolly good time. 100 yachts took part. Racing started off Kings Wharf

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  5. Could also be Mechanics Bay where the old RAYC building used to be, adjacent to where he Marine Rescue Centre is now – KEN R

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  6. It could be the dinghy lockers at Hobson Bay (opposite side of Tamaki Drive to Whakatakataka Bay) except I cant see the wave protection fence that curved around in front of the 3 ramps that you see 2 of in he pics. — Leo Bouzaid kept the RAINNBOW there in the era of 1950 — I helped him load up his dinghy one day when they were going away & I think Bres Thompson also kept the PRIZE there about that time. – KEN R

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  7. I think it looks very similar to the 20ft mullet boat Wairere. N12 built 1920 . She hasn’t had a hatch cut in to the coach roof and is one of the few that remains original like that today.

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