Having raced in multiple classes since age 9 (initially P Class), eventually in the late 1990’s, the CYA caught my eye.
After a return from my OE in the 1990’s, encompassing sailing the Irish, Caribbean and English/French seas, when beginning to race Auckland moderns, the CYA caught my eye while watching a CYA race start off the cliff above Okahu Bay.
Soon after racing KENTRA (Fife, 31.7m ,1923) I was introduced to K Class KATRINA II with Warren Tuohey.
Introduced to the CYA, it only took a moment to notice that CYA racing was equally competitive. Soon after, in the Regatta, when facing the intricacies of a strong outbound tide, available Devonport eddies, and a competitive and fun Bruce Tantrum, my interest was nailed. I have had fantastic opportunities, from being on each K Class vessel (with exception to PENELOPE), having helped campaign KATRINA for multiple years, seen the launch of, and admired, the K-class book by Jenni Mence, had the privilege of racing against other handy sailors, to being amongst like-minded custodians and fun people interested in showcasing NZ Heritage.
I have particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of the CYA, our host clubs with their history, the opportunity for historic learnings and now having the privilege of crewing on ARIKI.
Russell Brooke, Vice Chair
A long time member of CYA and past skipper of RAWENE (A class), currently KIARIKI (K class), LINDA (launches) and about to campaign GLEAM (C class), I certainly can’t be accused of bias! I have also been a past chairman of CYA. If any members would like to discuss any aspect of CYA then please contact me on 0274539841. I am keen to hear from skippers of the smaller yachts so that we can build our B division (under 38’).
Peter Brookes, Yacht Captain
Profile to come next issue.
Shirley-Ann McCrystal, Launch Captain
I have been a member of CYA since 2014. My history in boating is very wide and long. I sailed aboard PARAMOUR until March 2020 when she was sold. Prior to PARAMOUR, when my first husband Richard was alive we had SALTPETRE, a Davidson 31. Prior to her we owned a Max Carter launch PURSUIT. Prior to her, TALIA, an S&S 24 which Richard built on our front lawn in Hillcrest on the North Shore. Before coming to Auckland, we lived for a time in Whangarei and sailed in our Hartley trailer sailer. Not long after we were married, we lived in Taupo where we had hire boats with Seagull outboards. No yachts but a Vistacraft with a 50hp Mercury which we used as a rescue boat and for water skiing and trout fishing. Now I am in love with MENAI, a beautiful bridge decker which my present husband Bruce and I own, in conjunction with my eldest son and his family.
I joined the Merchant Navy in 1959 as a Cadet Navigating Officer at 16 yrs. After a 10 year career as a Deck Officer wandering the world, my first yacht in NZ was a Hartley 16 trailer sailer. This was quickly followed by a 30ft Fred Lidgard sloop. In 1984 we bought the 96ft TE AROHA, a coastal trading schooner built by Lanes of Totara North in 1909. After 2 years of continuing a cargo service to Great Barrier and other Hauraki Gulf Islands, we converted the cargo hold to cabins for 20 passengers, and until 1999, undertook day trips out of Auckland and regular 3 to 5 day coastal cruises between Tauranga in the South and the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour in the north.
After selling TE AROHA I started skippering superyachts on the East and West coasts of the US and Bahamas, the Mediterranean , Seychelle Islands and Mauritius.
I have been a teacher and examiner for commercial skipper certificates and am still teaching and examining Boatmaster for Coastguard Boating Education. Dee and I have written two books on boating education for families, 'Boating for Fun' and 'Boating for All'.
Last year we swapped our Beneteau for a Grand Banks 42 Classic launch, and now we can sit at the saloon table in comfort and watch other people’s anchoring antics!
Started in CYA on KATRINA II ... now doing main sheet on PRIZE… count many members of CYA as close friends…such a privilege to sail amongst the truly iconic vessels of our maritime history.
Profile to come next issue.
And supporting the committee…..
Joyce Talbot – Secretary
I have been involved with the CYA since 2000 as secretary/treasurer for most of those years along with assisting with the Classic Yacht Regatta, yacht and launch racing and the Rudder Cup.
I was very humbled and proud to be made a Life Member in 2012.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members:
Graeme Collie SY MOON MIST
Tom Dodson SY INNISMARA
Roger Hughes MV LUCILLE
Jon Whisker SY FLYING CLOUD
PATIO BAY SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER – a Yacht & Launch event
The Patio Bay event is almost upon us, one of the absolute highlights of the summer program and we’re looking forward to a record entry field for both yachts and launches.
We will again be joined by the Townson fleet starting at 1000 and 1005hrs off Orakei Wharf and the CYA division starts at 1030 and 1100hrs. Launches start at 1115hrs.
At Patio Bay we will be kindly hosted by the Mahoney family - please bring your own food and refreshments. A BBQ will be on site.
We are really looking forward to a bumper crowd on shore. Whether racing, enjoying the Poker Run or simply cruising down to join the fun, we would love to see you there.
And don’t forget there is a prize for the best dressed Christmas themed crew – whether it be reindeer horns, Santa suits or elves! Make sure the finish boat spots you!!
Milford Slipway Patio Bay Poker Run
This run is sponsored by The Milford Slipway. The main prize is a no-charge haul out at the Milford Slipway, wash and three days on the hard. In the prize pool there is wine and some mystery prizes, all worth winning.
Poker Run instructions:-
The five boats acting as collection points on the run will be flying a pink flag. It is suggested each skipper arrange to use their dinghy to collect the playing card.
Start is off Orakei Wharf at 1115hrs. Remember this is NOT a race.
The first card will be located in Islington Bay from ‘LUCINDA’.
The second card will be located off Kennedy Point from the vessel ‘TUNA’.
The third card will be located in Rocky Bay from the vessel ‘WAIKARO’.
The fourth card will be located in Awaawaroa Bay from the vessel ‘SUMMER WINE’.
The fifth and final card will be located at Patio Bay from the vessel ‘MOERANGI’.
Take your hand ashore where Richard Cave (Chair CYA) and Peter Brookes will supervise the play and award the winner at Prizegiving.
On the water…
Sat 3 Dec: Patio Bay Race for Yachts and Christmas BBQ for all vessels. Launch Poker Run to Patio Bay.
Fri 27 Jan: DYC Night Race to Mahurangi
Sat 28 Jan: Mahurangi CC Regatta, Classic Launch Parade
Sun 29 Jan Mahurangi Return Race
Mon 30 Jan: Auckland Anniversary Regatta www.regatta.org.nz. Classic Launch Race followed at 1300 hrs by a Launch Parade.
EILEEN PATRICIA was designed and built in 1933 by Bill Couldrey.
Over the years she had been used, among other things, as a ferry to and from Kawau, as a much-loved family boat, and as a fishing boat. She had also had her name changed to LINDEN.
When we bought her, she was long overdue for some tender loving care. Our first move was to change her name back to her original EILEEN PATRICIA, and our second move was to send her off to Marco Scuderi (boat-builder extraordinaire) so he could begin to weave his magic on her tired bones.
With only a single original black and white photo to work from, it is fair to say the restoration process provided Marco with a substantial challenge, many headaches, and more than one sleepless night. Three years later, with her classic Couldrey lines once again on show, and her interior gleaming with timber panelling, period fittings, and acres of varnish, EILEEN PATRICIA is once again a boat to be proud of.