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Classic Yacht Association NZ
June 2020
Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

Welcome to the June 2020 issue of Sheerlines


We've got a good line-up of events, news and information for you.


Coming Events

Tue 07 July: Boat Owners Meeting

Sat 11 July: Race 5: RNZYS Winter Series

Tue 04 August: Annual General Meeting of the CYA

Sat 08 August: Race 7: RNZYS Winter Series

Tue 1 September: Club Night featuring Charles Scoones ‘A Waterway Life’

Sat 05 September: Race 9: RNZYS Winter Series

Wed 16 September: Annual Prizegiving of the CYA

Sat 19 September: Race 10: RNZYS Winter Series


The 2020 Vessel Register is now online.

Extra copies available for purchase from the CYA Shop:

Invoices for the 2020-2021 Season will be forwarded in August, after the Annual General Meeting. We are happy to answer any enquiries about paid or unpaid subscriptions in the meantime, but if you have received a 2020 Vessel Register then you are currently a paid up member. 

A very warm welcome to:

David Cranwell SY WAINAMU
Geoff Palmano MV SOUVENIR

Watch for an article about Wainamu in an upcoming Journal.


We had a good number of vessels out for the third race of the Winter Series.

Full results can be seen here 

The brand new Royal NZ Navy vessel AOTEAROA arrives in New Zealand on Friday 26 June and a warm invitation to welcome her is extended to all. It would be awesome if some of our classic yachts and launches could be on the water to welcome her to our waters........ 

Full details around timing, meeting locations and safety measures can be found at the Navy’s Facebook page - @NZNavy

CYA CLUB NIGHTS are back and as you will see from the calendar there’s plenty happening.

Tuesday 7 July: Boat Owners Meeting at 7.00pm

All welcome to the Boat Owners meeting to have your say on what you thought worked for the 2019-20 season – we’re here to listen to you and make the 2020-2021 season the best we can for you.

Meeting starts at 7.00pm and Club Night will follow in the Members Bar.

Tuesday 4 August: Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm

An early reminder that the AGM will be taking place at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron on the 4th August. The agenda will be available in July but any member wishing to have an item included is very welcome to forward details to Joyce:

Tuesday 1 September: We are very fortunate to have our very own Charles Scoones entertain us with his ‘show and tell’ tales of ‘A Waterway Life’......check out: to see what lies ahead.............

Wednesday 16 September: Annual Prizegiving of the CYA in the Dinghy Locker, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron

An awesome evening of camaraderie and presentation of trophies and awards. All very welcome, further details to follow but make sure the date is in your diary now!

Rat aboard


There has been quite a bit of interest from our CYA yachts and launches in accepting the warm invitation offered by the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club to participate in their race and Centennial Celebrations over Easter 2-5 April next year.

A very ‘special’ Centenary race to mark the event will take place – so many of our yachts were regular competitors in this race and it would be amazing to have a fleet of classic yachts and launches independently sailing/motoring the course together to what I know will be a wonderful welcome at the Yacht Club.

Following are some details. It sounds like a fun week!

The plan for the race is Classics start Friday 26th March 2021 with a stop over at Mercury Cove.

Restart the race Sat 27th March 2021 and finish A Beacon Tauranga.

All modern yachts start Sat 27th March 2021 and finish at A Beacon without stopping.

We would hope that all the classics and as many of the modern yachts as possible stay over after the race in Tauranga, for the celebrations that will occur the following weekend, the long weekend of Easter.

Berthage can be organised on the Club’s marina so do start thinking about being a part of what promises to be a fabulous Centennial and register your interest with Joyce:


Excerpts from the NZTBS site:

"Last year I graduated from a weekend course with a half model of a sailing dinghy. I took my boat home and mounted it on a mirror. My grandchildren have asked why it has 4 oars. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of working with wood and being able to create something that makes me smile."

The post How about building a half model? appeared first on New Zealand Traditional Boat Building School.

Spots still available for the next course: 4/5 July. Contact: 


Frans de Court kept himself busy during lockdown putting finishing touches to old models.

"This  Yugoslav fishing boat was given to me by my parents some 60 years ago. Over time, the rigging and rudder got lost, so I tried as best as I could to replicate them."

"I built this Dragon model ten years ago, but it still needed the rigging and sails to be complete. It is certainly not perfect, but it’s the best I could do and it reminds me of the ten years I enjoyed my own Dragon and sailing/racing on the Waitemata."


In the last Sheerlines I incorrectly attributed the story about the Duder Cup to Rob Peake. My sincere apologies to John Cadd, from the UK. John not only contributed the stunning photo we used, but also wrote the article.  The magazine Classic Boat incorrectly gave the byline to Rob, but I should have checked. 

I smiled at John's note: 
"My wife, Sue, was the only one with me getting wet on our rented motor boat during the day of the Duder Cup."
For everyone out on the water that day, you'll appreciate John's comment! 

In case you missed it last time, you can see the full article and all John's stunning photos here. (They've now fixed the attribution, John will be pleased to see!)

Robyn Pearce, Editor Sheerlines


We would love to hear what you are doing in Wellington, Lyttelton and absolutely anywhere there is a classic boat in the water!
Your contributions and ideas would be so welcome - and please do let us know if you are restoring a vessel, planning an event or would just like to share a classic experience with us.

We would LOVE to hear from you and share your story

CYA contact details

Secretary: Joyce Talbot or 021 818-448

acht Captain: Andy Ball 

The Classic Yacht Association is proudly supported and sponsored by the following organisations

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