Wellington Whale Spotting on A Woody

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Wellington Whale Spotting on A Woody
I’m sure most of you will have seen the TV coverage of the Southern Right whale – nick named Matariki thats decided to adopt the Wellington Harbour as its new home.
The Uivel family, owners of the stunning 1928, Joe Slattery built, now Wellington based woody – Mataroa, ventured out last week for a peek, never expecting the close encounter they got, seems the whale likes woodys.
Also included above are some nice shots of Mataroa in Clyde Quay boat harbour.
Photos ex the camera of Sue Dorrington & thanks to Rob Uivel for the on-board video and Bryan Saul for the Drone footage (link below)
You can view more photos of the re launch of Mataroa at the link below. Or just WW search the name, there is a lot of photos / info on her. Named Kenya, when launched.
Big tides yesterday – I suspect this old woody in the Milford Creek has had a few tides thru her 😉 See WW comments section for info on the yacht (named Ra Kesha) ex Geoff Brebner (heyday photo added below)
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2 thoughts on “Wellington Whale Spotting on A Woody

  1. she’s been like that for months Geoff with no-one paying her any notice. I suspect her next voyage will be in a 9m cube skip if something isn’t done soon

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  2. So sad to see a dying boat. Her name is Ra Kesha, she is a modified Hartley TS 21. I built her and she was launched in 1975.Sold her in the mid 1990’s when I bought a larger keelboat. Not a flyer, but I did a lot of miles in her between Parengarenga and the bay of plenty. She never scared me, always got us home. Hope she is salvaged.

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