Searching for the Telstar
I’m trying to track down the yacht my grandfather Ivan Vitali built in the early 70’s, the yacht was called Telstar, sail number 1263.
There’s a chance the name was changed to Goldline by a subsequent owner.
He passed away in 1974, before I was born and tracking down his yacht is a way I can get to know him a little.
The boat was sold after he died to a member of the Devonport YC, (I’ve chatted with him) who then sold it 8 years later to someone who hit a reef in Noumea, but thankfully the vessel was eventually recovered and restored in Westhaven around 1989.
It was 33.5ft and of a similar design to a Buchanan 34style of the same era. The hull was red below the water line, with white above it and wooden cockpit made of kauri then fibreglassed over.
It started out sailing around the Auckland region – Kawau, Waiheke, my grandfather sailed it to Noumea and Fiji and it was eventually sailed all over the world.
Ivan Vitali was a member of the Panmure Yacht Club and I’ve spoken with his brothers and John Bennett at PYBC.
Do you know anything about this yacht and where it may be or anyone you may think can help? Please add to the topic or send them this thread.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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