ALPHA A90 ( Arrow Class) – Sailing Sunday


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ALPHA A90 ( Arrow Class) – Sailing Sunday
I have been contacted by Adam Akehurst who is Interested in what us woodys knows about the Arrow class sailing dinghy. Adam is currently restoring A90 – Alpha. Progress photos attached. Wood working done, interior nearly done, soon time to turn it over and sort the outside ready for summer.

All Adam can find on the class is that they are a Jack Logan design from circa 1950 and that until recently the class seems to have been based at Glendowie but interest seems to have died out a few years ago in favour of the Mistral. Also interested in what else Jack Logan designed. I have heard he had a boatshed at Mangawhai at some stage.

The historic photo of Alpha above on the beach (date unknown) shows her rigged for a gennaker on a fairly long prod. Adam assumes this is a later class development and that they originally flew a symmetrical kite.

Adam hasn’t been able to find many photos of the class online, so is interested in seeing anything ww have.

07-08-2017 Update from Adam. Project finished – see below. Stunning

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Check The Video Link Below Out – If you thought the commute to work was bad, these guys are mad 🙂

16 thoughts on “ALPHA A90 ( Arrow Class) – Sailing Sunday

  1. Our family has had a long relationship with the Arrow class since the early 1960’s when we learned to sail at the Glendowie Boating Club. My brother, Tony still has Blue Streak #130 and I have a fully restored example (Alex) rebuilt from an old hull that was saved from a bonfire so unsure of the class number. We found an old Oregon mast and boom and a Terylene Sails and Covers main as well as an ancient cotton one plus several spinnakers. I have a set of the original plans and am happy to provide a copy to anybody who wants one.
    I still enjoy sailing Alex on Lake Rotoiti each summer and rowing her in the Lake Rotoiti Classic and Wooden Boat Assoc Dinghy Day event. A 4HP Seagull drives her along nicely in the Seagull races too.

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  2. Have looked it up now, and my Arrow “Ahoy” was number 34. I have also found two old newspaper photos showing No’s 13, 16, 21, 35 and 75, and an old Auckland Star clipping of results from a regatta at Tamaki on Nov 14, 1960, listing Altair 1, Assent 2, Alibi 3 and Accord 4.

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  3. First yacht I sailed was Abacus 24. Mum&Dad, Bruce & Colleen Drummond bought her in about 1972.
    They got hooked and bought old Arrows when they came available, fixed them up and persuading their friends to buy them and sail at Glendowie. I think the Sunday fleet grew to about 20 boats in the late 70s.

    The boats all had wire luff flattie spinnakers, <2m foot length set on the long pole. For her birthday I bought Mum a new spinnaker from Hoods in 1975(?). It was even larger than the gennaker in the photos above – the foot dragged in the water. It was then we found the class originally had 2 gennaker sizes.

    Dad met the designer having a look at the fleet at GBC once and muttering that the closed in gunwhales wouldn't allow the fish scales to be rinsed out.

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  4. I never sailed an Arrow, but there was a good fleet at Howick sailing club in the early 70’s .
    It was a popular Father & son / daughter boat and a single luff kite was usually deployed. I guess the Sunburst was the natural replacement. I think the Flying Ant even flew past them – but they were part of the Howick fleet and like the above – provided fond memories of our early sailing days

    Matt Cooper

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  5. My brother & I built one (reg. 72 Aqua) when at school – quite a bit of “help” from Dad.
    Raced at Glendowie, Howick & somewhere else way up the Tamaki.
    The whole fleet was towed to “away” venues (including Orakie Warf for The Regatta) by committee boat!
    From the pics of Adam’s boat she is the classiest I have seen – they were pretty basic! Designed, and used, for sailing, rowing & hanging an outboard on the back ie fishing….
    The “gennaker on a fairly long prod” is certainly a more recent concept.! They were designed with a mail and a single luff kite (on a long pole).
    Glendowie (Dave Marks, Frank Donghie & John L???? – who went on to develop the Q’s) ran a kids sailing school. When one knew it all we were allowed to be the 3rd crew on an Arrow or a Frosty. Only task was to sit to leeward & bail!

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  6. I can help Adam with a lot of information about the Arrow from the 1950’s onwards, including an article I wrote for Sailing New Zealand magazine in 2000 about the class. If Adam likes to contact me @ nedslocker@gmail.com I will be happy to send it to him.

    Great to see that the someone in NZ has caught the Classic and Vintage centreboard restoration Bug which is growing rapidly in the UK particularly, as well as the East Coast of the US and in both Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. Given that most of the keel boats of note have been restored why not now look at the centreboard classes that were the basis of today “so called” international success.
    For those that scoff at the idea and say there is no interest in building and restoring
    small boats, think again – The biggest success story in terms of New Zealand design is the anniversary of 20 years of the Firebug, the simple little double chine scow designed by John Spencer. Peter Tait has sent out over 1300 plan packs to 39 countries with around 80% of them resulting in boats being built !!
    For years Yachting NZ in its various did it’s best did everything to ignore Peter Tait’s efforts and now since the AC we are now subject to a load a sanctimonious bilge water about Coutts becoming the White Knight of Junior sailing by becoming the Commodore of the Manly Sailing Club and promoting another European fibreglass so called O Pen Bic skiff ( which it is NOT) for junior sailors which he admitted is better than an Optimist. Well anything is better than that over indulged over priced “duckpond dinghy”.

    Neil Kennedy ( Nedslocker)

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  7. There is quite a lot about the Arrow Class in Robin Elliott’s and my book, “The Logans” available from Boat Books. The Arrow was the only class Jack designed; all the rest were one-offs for himself or special commissions. His boatshed was in Ngataringa Bay at the back of the family home in Stanley Point Road.

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  8. I used to have one in 1960 called Ahoy (don’t remember the sail number and not home at the moment so can’t look it up). Bought from Glendowie. Sailed it at Pt Chevalier Sailing Club In mixed races with Frostbites etc. Last known to be under a bach in Enclosure Bay, Waiheke Island.
    Ian McDonald describes them well, but I always enjoyed sailing mine.

    Patricia Emtage (Matthews)

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  9. When I went to St Kentigern College, 1961 to 1965, they had three, maybe four of those old buggers, which we learned to sail in. Before the days of built-in buoyancy and very wet. Sailed like a stone when half full of water. Each boat had a canvas bucket to bail with – fond memories & much fun for 13yrs olds.

    Ian McDonald

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