French Bay – Sailing Sunday – Revisited

So far there have been over 2,000 classic wooden boat stories featured on waitematawoodys & the viewing numbers (3,300,000) have grown from a dozen people to over 80,000. I have had some loyalists from day one but the big numbers have happened in the last 2 years – so not everyone will have been exposed to all the stories. Over the Christmas / NY period I have decided to take a peek back in time & feature some of the gems from the early days. Enjoy.

Have a great holiday & remember to take the camera / phone with you & snap a photo of any woodys you see. Email them to


French Bay – Sailing Sunday

This photo c.1935 was sent to me by Roger Guthrie. The location is French Bay.
The rather chic young woman in the dinghy is Roger & Graham Guthrie’s mum – Mary, wife of Ivan Guthrie. At the time of the photo Mary (maiden name Marion Alexander) was not married so the ‘older’ women with the parasol could have been her chaperon. The young bloke rowing looks very capable of getting them ashore safely 😉

Now is that an Idle Along in the background & is the boat sailing below, one as well (its from the same day)?

3 thoughts on “French Bay – Sailing Sunday – Revisited

  1. Oh dear, Gavin, surely it was the Highet IMPUDENCE that came to Auckland in 1938 after being outclassed at the Hobart Centennial Regatta by Billy Rogers’ ROUND BILGE T CLASS VAMP?
    Two totally different craft, VAMP infinitely different (and superior) in every way.
    Y51 is GOLDIE, a 14ft square bilge Y CLASS in the Auckland George Honour tradition built by Morris Hurfitt in December 1932 at Parnell. The Auckland “Y Class “skimmers” came later, mainly from the pen of Jack Brooke, outclassing IMPUDENCE and all that had gone before on the Waitemata.


  2. it’s a fourteen footer like Harry and Clive Highet made a lot of. Putorino, Innocence, Advance, etc. They were popular at Evans Bay and Paremata during the 30s. The well known Auckland boat Vamp was the same type. Putorino spent a lot of time in Auckland from the 40s probaly ended her days there.


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