Sailing Sunday x3


CYA Classic Yacht Regatta Oops
If you ever thought classic yacht racing was a little ‘soft’ i.e.  “let them thru, they are nice chaps” think again, its serious racing – proof? During race one of last weeks regatta the 1898 Arch Logan Rainbow was involved in a wee incident that resulted in her samson post snapping, it takes a lot of force to break a 5” square piece of kauri. The main player in the incident was the bowsprit that compressed under impact and combined with the ‘dead’ force of the backside from the deck, something had to give & fortunately the Samson post took all the load. Effectively became a safety valve, and halted any collateral damage to the deck or bowsprit.
End of the race for Rainbow & potentially end of the regatta – but in steps master boatbuilder Paul Tingey who worked around the clock and did an outstanding job, gluing up, turning and re-installing the new Samson post to get Rainbow on the start line for Sundays racing.


Ngatiawa, below, is a A class keeler that was  owned by Nathan Ross for many years, from the 1940s on wards. Later ownership passed to his son Clive, a school mate & young R.A.Y.C. associate of Ken Ricketts .
Ken’s photo was taken at Christmas 1952 in Mansion House.  Do any of the woodys know more about Ngatiawa – designer / builder / year of launch & what became of her?


H28 Classic Wooden Ketch 4sale

Maroro was professionally built in 1957 in Whangarei & proved herself by winning the 1961 Trans Tasman race and is featured in the NZ book ‘proper NZ yachts’ by Richard Endean.
Maroro is a traditional sailing man or woman’s boat, set up with jib and staysail self furling + spinnaker. She has a near new Yanmar 10hp engine with 60 hours on clock & F & R gearbox. Three berths, toilet in separate compartment. Force 10 diesel heater. Simon Lawrence anchor winch. All ground tackle.  Her mooring at Mahurangi is also available long term.
Owner Russell Ward commented that at the asking price of $18,500 she is would provide a lot of fun for a real sailor.

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11 thoughts on “Sailing Sunday x3

  1. Ahahah yes I didn’t know how to word that one!!! The model is literally in a window by the road…


  2. I was on my run last night and a model yacht caught my eye in a house’s window, it looked like Ngatiawa


  3. I also remember Harry Gillard well, a delightful gentleman, with only 1 leg, or a gammy leg, as I recall, but as you say, a very skilled yachtsman & a delightful “old” – (it seemed to me at that time,) – chap.


  4. FANTASTIC Clive!!! — Great to know she’s still in the family & obviously in the wonderful condition, in which she has always been kept. – She just could not have better stewardship.
    Great to see us young chaps “keep on keeping on.” — Drop me an email on
    Just been thinking back to the R.A.Y.C. days when we were 16-17, in the Junior Division, — Haven’t thought about those times for many years, but great thoughts. — Would love to have a chinwag.

    What was her original sail number again “A??”


  5. Ngatiawa
    Ngatiawa is alive and well and in excellent condition.
    She was designed and built by Collings and Bell in St Marys Bay for Harry Gillard , a well known yachtsman and keen fisherman.
    Launched in 1947. subsequently bought (1951) by Nathan Ross a Pharmacist in Auckland City . Ngatiawa has remained in the family to this day, providing wonderful holidays, good sailing and quality family times to three generations of the Ross family.
    Current owner Clive Ross has kept Ngatiawa in pristine condition and takes pride in being responsible for her stewardship ,
    Ngatiawa resides gracefully in Auckland
    Sent from my iPhone


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