Bay of Islands Woodys






Bay of Island Woodys

Dean Wright has just sent in a few more photos from the BOI, as always stunning photography.
We have Alma G and Winsome fishing off Onewhero and Tapui coming through Kent Passage.
Hopefully I’ll be afloat this weekend and in case it slipped you by – next weekend is the BIGGIE – Mahurangi Regatta, the biggest woody event in NZ.
If you believe the MCC website – there is a classic launch parade, I understand the CYA are behind it, but details are a ‘little’ light’ 😦
I have cut and pasted below what appears on the MCC website and marked the parade assembly area / time i.e. 10.15am at Scotts Landing.
As per previous years, entry is a formality that a lot turn a blind eye to, you can just rock up on the day – as long as you are a classic and made of wood 🙂
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Remember to slip $20 cash into your pocket to pick up a copy of the Mahurangi Cruising Club year book – its a cracker
MCC YB 2020 Cover

3 thoughts on “Bay of Islands Woodys

  1. Lord & Lady Louis Mountbatten Visited the Bay of Islands – Early April 1945 and Alma G was their “host”.

    Rear Admiral, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of the Southeast Asia Theatre, flew in to the Bay of Islands for a brief visit and a bit of fishing, before returning to Singapore where he oversaw the recapture of Burma from the Japanese by General William Slim – November 1944 – July 1945. On 12 September 1945 he took part in the reception of the Japanese surrender in Singapore when British troops returned to the island to receive the formal surrender of Japanese forces in the region led by General Itagaki Seishiro.

    Lord & Lady Mountbatten (in full naval uniforms) arrived in the Bay of Islands aboard the Catalina flying boat and trans-shipped to Alma G for the trip to shore. Next day he boarded Alma G for a day’s fishing. (NO marlin). In Otehei Bay Winsome anchored with the Catalina moored astern and the Mountbattens stayed in the cabin nearest to the beach.
    Lord Louis and Lady Louis toured New Zealand until April 8, when Lord Louis flew to Brisbane on his way back to Singapore. While in NZ Lord Louis visited the families of some of the NZ sailors who served with him and were lost in action.

    I was with my family aboard the Winsome and, with Alma G, we were the only boats in the Bay. (Our presence may have been pre-arranged by the Navy with whom Dad had regular contact.)

    We were alongside the wharf when they returned from their fishing and Dad was there to take the mooring lines and help them ashore. Lord Louis looked, as I so often felt after a day on the rough sea and I said to Dad somewhat surprised: “Dad! He’s been sea sick too!” He shook my hand and with a grin replied: “Yes! All the best sailors get seasick!” He did add that “Alma G was NOT a battleship!!” Those positive words, oft quoted to fellow “sailors”, have preserved my morale on many a rough trip!

    Winsome, built by Bailey and Lowe (1918) was bought be our Grandfather A.R.Pickmere, in July 1924, inherited by A.H.Pickmere (of the Atlas) in 1943 and now owned by his son David Pickmere – 96 years in the family – that is another story.

    I do have pictures of Alma G, the Catalina and Otehei Bay – 1945. Definitely not the Alma G in the photos above.


  2. Unless Francis stood in for his younger brother Mervyn on that that particular day, Alma G II ran in conjunction with Alma G by the Arlidge brothers – Francis and Mervyn.

    Briefly, Alma G II was (and has returned to her original name) “Zane Grey – was one of 4 that the American writer Zane Grey had built by Collings and Bell after “falling in love” with Earnie Arlidge’s (the boys father) Alma G and Peter Williams Avalon (both C&B’s) where on arriving in the Bay of Islands mid 1920’s. Zane Grey helped greatly putting NZ’s (then) fledging “Deep Sea Fishing” on the map, and as they say, the rest is history.

    Primarily, Alma G was operated and owned by Francis, and Zane Grey/ Alma G II was owned and operated by Mervyn.

    The other 3 (35 foot) boats (of 4) that Zane Grey had built to Alma G and Avalon’s lines was Manaaki, Otehei and Lorna Doone. Frangipani was a bigger boat Zane Grey had built by C&B also, which was “steamed” to Tahiti (for fishing) sadly later lost due to a petrol fire.

    Put Alma G in the WW search box and you will see a photo (ex HDK) showing both boats, Alma G to the left with the newly raised and flared bow (beautifully done by Francis in the winter months) who then did the same to Alma G II / ZG (on the right still in original C&B hull configuration) – not that long after.

    PS: More importantly than all that diatribe, did you catch anything John?


  3. I think this is Alma G 11 not the original Alma G. I fished in the B O I in 1963 with Francis Arlidge on A G 11 when I was 21.


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