THE LAUNCHING OF THE CLASSIC WOODEN MOTOR BOAT – EILEEN PATRICA
It was an early (8.30am) start yesterday morning for the classic woodys that gathered to witness Jenni & Peter Mence re-launching Eileen Patrica at The Milford Slipway
(ex Geoff Bagnall yard).
The 1933 Arnold Couldrey designed and built motor launch has just undergone a 4+ year restoration at Marco Scuderi’s – MCN Shipwrights yard
WW has followed the restoration and the links below will take you back to her early days (as launched) and as ‘rescued / saved’ by Peter, thru to leaving Marco’s yard.
The weather forecast didn’t look good, but as always for classic woody events, the sun shone at the right moments and Eileen Patrica was launched in a style befitting a 86 year old lady – Jazz band + Champagne and scones.
Several guests arrived in period costume and the ‘Best In Show’ ribbon would have to go to Paul Powney who sported an original Auckland Motor Yacht Club blazer (photos below).
A special touch was the attendance of several descendants of Eileen Patrica’s builder A. Couldrey.
Links to older WW Stories on Eileen Patrica
The Big Event Launching Video (turn up the volume, nice music)
Two of our finest woodies My Girl and Pacific
were on hand to escort Eileen Patrica out of the marina and home to her new marina.
Best In Show Ribbon Winner
Update – video footage of Eileen Patrica underway just after launching. Ex Nathan Herbert.
Update2 – Link below to the restoration – amazing collection / essay of the total restoration – a must view
Update3 – Video of Pacific, Eileen Patrica and My Girl leaving the Milford Marina / creek. Sent in by Paul Powney.