2017 Centreboard Cup at the Herne Bay Yacht Club, Sloanes Beach
Raindance got a big 24hr workout at the weekend – Friday was the old mates lunch cruise to the Riverhead Pub, then back to Bayswater to drop the crew off & straight down to Waiheke Island for another mates dinner at the Oyster Inn. The nor-west puff put paid to anchoring in Oneroa so a quick call to Stephen Langton secured Kailua’s mooring at Matiatia for the night.
The Oyster Inn was like a CYA gathering with several woodys there as well enjoying the late avo> evening sun on the deck – great to see Waimiga back in the water after some TLC, looking very sharp.
Up early & back to Auckland to catch the start of the Centreboard Cup. A good breeze ensured some lively racing. I was land based so could only focus on the pre-start > start. But I was perfectly placed to capture Corona’s rather embarrassing oops at the start with a boat-shed – they were over the line at the start (by a country mile) & came back, then it all went pear shaped – check out the slideshow below.
Hopefully someone captured some on-the-water racing photos that we can share on WW?
This is the start of the oops, I suspect the skipper under estimated the length of the ramp, that was well submerged by a very high tide
The photos show that 2017 was another cracker Patio Bay year, but what photos don’t get across is what a great group of woodys were there. The numbers were down a little on previous years but those that made the trip will remember it as one of the best. Plenty of room to walk around & mingle without standing on someones dinner plate.
Several Riviera owners, did they bit to re-confirm that they all have big egos & small brains – motoring thru the race finish line at 25+ knots & creating wakes you could surf on. A little exciting if you are sitting in an 8’ dinghy taking photos & wondering if the Riviera is on autopilot & the skippers playing with his small willy 😦
One of the Patio Bay race traditions is the winning skipper of the A Division has to fill the trophy barrel with rum for the following years party. Last year Prize was the winner & based on dock chatter, a sample was drawn off for analyse at the Mount Gay distillery – purity & alcohol content results to follow 😉
Talk around the dock was that a few woodys were itching to give their classic woody an airing prior to this weekends CYA Xmas Party at Patio Bay, Waikehe Island. So a few of us decided to mooch up the harbour to the Riverhead Hotel for lunch & a fizzy beverage. Conditions were perfect & we had a great time, sometimes fewer numbers are good – you get to talk to everyone & the expended wharf, hosted most of us.
Nice to see new CYA member John Mildenhall make the trip on Blue Fin. The 1935, C. Bailey Jun. designed & built by C. Bailey & Sons launch Nana, was at the meeting spot at Lucas Creek but didn’t do the creek trip, I passed them heading back & for once didn’t have the camera out – very smart classic. There is a great story about her rescue & rebuild – read here https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/02/01/nana-resuced-restored/
The above photos ex Dean Wright were taken during the 2012 Bay of Islands Tall Ships Race & show Spray sailing in a rather big swell. Love the rigging only one, Dean is a professional photographer & his talent shows in these photos.
On a sadder note, below is a selection of photos that Dean took during the same race, that show the magnificent American yacht – Nina, that was later to disappear in the Tasman on route to Australia without a trace.
Below is a link to Stuff website, that has a tragic story on the 19-year-old American teenager – Danielle Wright who was crewing on Nina when the yacht varnished.
Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Association 2018 Calendars
Readers of WW will know that Chris Miller & myself each year make the trip to Lake Rotoiti (North Island) to attend the Classic & Wooden Boat Parade, every Waitangi weekend. It is one of those events that you just have to attend at some stage. The link below will give you a peep at what the weekend is like.
While we are there Chris & I bang off a lot of photos, some of which the LRC&WB Association use to produce their annual calendar. The 2018 edition is hot off the press (printed by the great team at Quality Print in Taupo).
The calendar (A3 size, sample below) makes a great Xmas present for any woody – hell buy it for yourself, that way, you get something you want 😉
The price is the same as last year: $15 for 1 or $40 for 3. Courier is $6.50 (rural delivery is extra).
Transfer the payment (remember to include postage) to this bank account 12 3155 0140546 00 AND please use your name and calendar as reference.
And in case any of you were wondering – neither Chris, myself or WW make a cent from these calendars – it is all about the boats & the people that do all the work to maintain them & host the very cool event. So woodys, even if you only order one calendar, it makes a big difference to the Lake Rotoiti woodys 🙂
In the photo above (ex Baden Pascoe) we see members of the Auckland Power Boat Association enjoying the 1st picnic of the season at Takapuna. Hopefully a lot of you will be out & about this weekend enjoying the spring weather & giving the boat a treat.
MY GIRL UPDATE
One person who will not be afloat will be Jason Prew, life for Jas at the moment is centered on the rebuild of his classic launch My Girl. Search the name in the WW search box to see details.
Jason has a great blog recording the work being done – link below. Check out the scale of this project!