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

Welcome to the July 2020 issue of Sheerlines

Dear James

Here's this month's line-up of events, news and information for you. 

We've also had a number of interesting requests for information this month. You might be the one to solve a mystery for another classic boat lover. Be sure to read to the bottom.


Coming Events

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

Club Nights Coming Up

Tuesday 4 August

The Annual General Meeting of the CYA will take place at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron on Tuesday 4th August.

The Agenda is available online here and we look forward to seeing you there.

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!


Huge congratulations and thanks to our Chairman, philanthropist John Street, for bringing Ida back to our shores, and for awesome hospitality on Sunday night. A large crowd officially welcomed our newest 'old girl' back to the fleet, with short and informative speeches by Peter Montgomery, John Street and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

More about the purchase plus the restoration by some of our most talented boatbuilders and craftspeople here:

Ida on display

The last in the queue to view her magnificent restoration

A full ballroom for the official welcome

.. and this doesn't show the crowd standing at the back of the room!


The 2020 Vessel Register is now online.

Extra copies available for purchase from the CYA Shop:


A very warm welcome to:


John Erkkila SV PASTIME

Christopher Kendrick SV PASTIME


Eric Jonsson


David Lackey (rejoining)

From around the world

Brian Corbett (UK)

Peter Broom (Australia)


And look who is winning the Series to date: here

Rat aboard


ALTAIR: From Richard Marks

{Richard asked us to run this request again - he'd really LOVE to have news to share with his dear oldies.)

I’m researching the whereabouts of an old yacht called Altair for my father (84), who raced on her when he was 12 years old in the Auckland to Tauranga in 1948; placing 4th that year.
The skipper was his father Charles (Charlie) Marks and the crew were his wife, daughter and 3 sons (aged 16- 10). The same crew did win the Auckland to Coromandel years later sailing Queenie. Sadly Charlie passed away on March 1st 1969 sailing in the Balokovic Cup with his 3 sons as crew. This also happens to be my father’s birthday. They never raced again. 

Does anyone know the whereabouts of ALTAIR? The crew, all still alive and in their mid-to-late 80’s, have pictures of their father's yachts on their walls (ALTAIR, QUEENIE & SPEEDWELL).

My Auntie (89) believes that Charlie owned ALTAIR and QUEENIE at certain points. (He was a scratch-race sailor for Wilkie). They would love to know what happened to the three yachts and what condition they are in. Any information would be appreciated. 

Please contact Richard Marks if you can help:

VOLANTE: From Louise Crean

I am wondering where my Grandfather's old boat, VOLANTE is now located? I've seen discussions on your website and if any-one can advise, please contact me on:

IKA: From Emily Pope

I'm seeking information on an old triple-skinned kauri fishing vessel called Ika, built circa 1927. She's had a very colourful life, but unfortunately this is scarcely documented. 

Rumour was she was a Jack Guard build, but that's proven erroneous. I recently found newspaper clippings about her foundering near the Hauraki Gulf and the crew needing rescuing - this was 1928. I cannot find who built her. The latest insight I have is that it might've been by an old furniture company. She looks a lot like the SAN ANTONIO  and was used for grouper fishing by the renowned Johnny Cataldo.

If you can help please contact me on:

WANTING TO CREW: From Robert Morfee:
I have been sailing for many years in the English Channel and the Baltic Sea. My last boat was a Nicholson 35 which I kept mostly in Scandinavia. I would be very glad to crew. I am a retired English solicitor and have moved to NZ permanently.

Email: and ph: 021 566-687


Spread the word and take advantage of these never seen before prices - visitors to the sale can make an offer on all items - there are no price tags

End of Line and Clearance stock only – it all must go!

Check out the FB page here

More Help Requested


From Mike Coutts:

I am a tradesman boatbuilder living and working in Picton, served my apprenticeship with John Lidgard Yachts in 1979. I have recently been made responsible for the care of a 1938 Jim Lidgard sloop called Matatua. She is in reasonable condition for her age, but someone put a steel rudder on her years ago and effects of delignification are quite severe in the horn timber/keelson area. I have removed the offending steel skeg and rudder and hope to restore her.

I would like to foster some interest in her restoration and ask if you could assist as she is definitely a worthy cause.

Any advice, help or information would be welcome

Mike Coutts, Boatbuilder, Picton Ph: 027 441-6759


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 
Editor: Robyn Pearce

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