Lyttleton Basket Case ( Kia Ora) + Yum Yum

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Lyttleton Basket Case – Kia Ora

On Nathan Herbert’s recent trip south, he spotted the above ‘yacht’ in Lyttleton. From her stern, it would appear she was named Kiaor or Kiaok – the last letter is part missing. Anyone able to tell us about her past?

 

What Happened To Yum Yum?

Woody Daniel Renall contacted me to say he had been fortunate to visit Neil Beken at his boat building spot in Beach Haven. Neil gave Dan a bunch of plans he had acquired for Dan’s yacht, Jonquil.

While there he showed Dan a picture of a yacht he restored in the 1990’s called Yum Yum, very similar to Gloriana. It was owned by someone in Wellington and was trucked up for a couple of classic races in Auckland.

Neil mentioned that Yum Yum had vanished and nobody had been able to track her down.

So woodys – can anyone shed some light on Yum Yum’s whereabouts & have a photo?

Harold Kidd Update – KIA ORA was designed by Prof R.J. Scott of the Engineering School at Canterbury and built for himself by Jack Collins of Lyttelton in November 1898 as a 5 rater cutter to replace an earlier 2 rater KIA ORA Collins owned. She was in the BRITANNIA/MOANA mould with a spoon bow. She was racing, later under a yawl rig, until the 1960s.
Very historic Lyttelton yacht in the same category as PASTIME.
YUM YUM and her Herreshoff inspiration is discussed in passing in my article on IDA in the November Boating NZ (plug)..

8 thoughts on “Lyttleton Basket Case ( Kia Ora) + Yum Yum

  1. Yum Yum is considered the finest retoration ever undertaken in New Zealand. Laurence Giles undertook the 10 000 hour restoration project, preserving an important part of New Zealands maritime hertitage. The sad old Devonport self appoined experts couldn’t believe the workmaship when Yum Yum returned to Auckland. Neil Beken built the spars and provided valuable advice during the restoration. Yum Yum is moored in Havelock and has cross Cook Strait many times since moving south.The new owner is Ewen Chambers -Ross a very experienced blue water sailor with many Sydney to Hobarts under his belt.
    Russ Rimmington QSO JP.

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  2. Yum Yum is in the Marlborough Sounds.
    I wrote about Robert Scott and his boats a few years ago. Shameless plug – If you want to read about classic yachts around the country but in particular about Wellington, Subscribe to the wcyt journal – $30 per year for four issues. email kingsocres@gmail.com. Anyway, here’s some free info:

    http://wgtnclassicyacht.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/robert-julian-scott-part-one.html
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  3. Recall YUM YUM was in a sad state at the RNZAF Base Auckland Yacht Club at Hobsonville lots of years ago

    Owner Hudson??

    Cheers Gavin Gault

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  4. KIA ORA was designed by Prof R.J. Scott of the Engineering School at Canterbury and built for himself by Jack Collins of Lyttelton in November 1898 as a 5 rater cutter to replace an earlier 2 rater KIA ORA Collins owned. She was in the BRITANNIA/MOANA mould with a spoon bow. She was racing, later under a yawl rig, until the 1960s.
    Very historic Lyttelton yacht in the same category as PASTIME.
    YUM YUM and her Herreshoff inspiration is discussed in passing in my article on IDA in the November Boating NZ (plug)..

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  5. Last saw Yum Yum in a parlous state at Robertson Boatbuilders Warkworth over 20 years ago awaiting a resto owned at that time by a mayor of Hamilton Rimmington I believe , a debatable Herreshoff history was attached to her … Far more worth preserving and a far superior yacht was his Sheila ll , Yes that Sheila ll .

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  6. Hi, I believe Yum Yum is moored in Shakespeare Bay, Marlborough. Will check with a friend as I am travelling at the moment but it was there not that long ago.

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