A+B+C Class Yachts Racing To Rocky Bay


A+B+C Class Yachts Racing To Rocky Bay

In the above photo we see, from left, Kotiri, Ladye Wilma, Waione, Rawene (race winner) & Ngatoa just after the start of the official opening race of the season (year unknown).
Photo ex the Mac Taylor collection.

Help Needed
ww has had a request from Gary Chaplin, who owns the yacht, Fidelity, see below & click photos to enlarge, based in Christchurch Gary has commented that she looks just like the Shiralee which featured on ww in October , (link below).
Gary would like to know if it is the same  vessel or possibly a sister ship . Gary believes Fidelity was built in Milford Creek by Allen Williams in 1960 .



2 thoughts on “A+B+C Class Yachts Racing To Rocky Bay

  1. Hi Robin , thank you very much for the information , looks like I have a real champion on my hands , great to learn about her and her history . It fills in all the gaps in her history todate . Cheers Gary


  2. Another one of these bloody awful twin topic posts !

    Fidelity was designed by Gerry Breekveldt and built by Allen Williams probably in late 1958. She was registered as E-110 in 1959 to B.(or D.W.) Dalbeth and entered the 1959 Anniversary Regatta but was a no show, probably was still being finished off by her owner.

    She was bought shortly afterwards by Ken Searle of RAYC who raced her hard in their Ocean Cruising Division for the next 10 years. During that time she spent a season or so in Wellington.

    B. (D.W.) Dalbeth 1959/+?; Ken Searle (Auckland & Wellington) 1960?/70; D.P. Strange 1970/73+?; No Registered Owner after 1973 NZYF; C. Lowman (Huntly & Kawakawa) 1979/99+?

    28’x 22’4″x 7’8″x 4’1″, 205 sqft sloop

    Entered 1959 AAR, no number

    SS Apr 1964: Entered for Onerahi YC’s Whangarei to Noumea race. Photo p32
    SS Feb 1965: Racing with RAYC.
    SS Apr 1966: Entered Balokovic Cup with RAYC.
    SS Apr 1967: Racing RAYC Balokovic Cup.
    SS Dec 1970: Racing Donaghy’s JOG series at RAYC.
    SS Sep 1973: Profile of Ken Searle.

    RAYC: Wood Memorial 1970; Tauranga Trophy 1967, 1970; Henry Slyfield trophy 1963
    PCC: Oakes Cup 1962

    Entered 1967 White Island Race, 1970 Channel Island Race


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