Changes to CYA event calendar

You may have noticed from reading Sheerlines this morning that several changes to the CYA event calendar have been made. These changes are below. The PDF calendar has also been updated – click on the image below – if you want to print this out.

  • Fairway Bay Cruise – date now confirmed – Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November
  • DYC Round the Buoys Race – now Sunday 19 November  (was Sunday 26 Nov)
  • Riverhead #1 cruise – Sunday 26 November – this has been cancelled
  • Patio Bay Weekend – now 2nd & 3rd December  (was 9th and 10th Dec)
  • DYC Duder Cup Race – now Sunday 25 February  (was Saturday 24 Feb)

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Sheerlines – September 2017

September 2017
Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

Spring Has Sprung!

Well folks, the chilly season is behind us. The cruising season is ahead and we can’t wait to enjoy it with you. The 2017/2018 CYA committee has been elected and already there are some great new events in the pipeline both on the water and off!

Here’s what we have in store for October and November…

Upcoming events

Make sure you get these in your diaries!


3rd             Club Night at the Squadron from 6.30pm
7th             Heritage Landing Open Day – all welcome
7-8th          Clinker Dinghy Exhibition at the Viaduct
8th             RNZYS Opening Day Race – first race of the season
21st -23rd  Labour Weekend Cruise – details to follow
28th          Ponsonby CC Upper Harbour Regatta
4th            Heritage Landing Open Day
7th            Club Night at the Squadron from 6.30pm
18th          Devonport Yacht Club Round the Buoys race

Full details of events are available online

Classic Yacht and Launch Exhibition: The New Zealand Clinker Boat 

As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, Tino Rawa Charitible Trust presents The New Zealand Clinker Boat. Tino Rawa are well known for putting on an interesting, interactive and friendly exhibition showcasing our best boat building and designing talents. With past events covering everything from elegant launches to racing mullet boats, this great diversity is continued for 2017 with the ubiquitous clinker.


CYA October club night

Tuesday 3 October at 6-6:30PM onwards – Royal NZ Yacht Squadron members bar
Please put the date in your diary and join us for refreshments and great camaraderie on this first Tuesday of the month. We’re looking forward to catching up with you all and specially to welcoming our new members. Remember – partners, friends, family are very welcome!! Just look for us near the CYA flag. Cash bar and refreshments are available.
Special Note:  Due to security in place for the America’s Cup the doors at the Squadron may be locked earlier than usual. Squadron members can access with their card, we will leave a note on the door for non-members to text us so we can let you in. 

The Classic Yacht Association is now a member of the Kawau Boating club and is pleased to pass on the following discount to our CYA members:

A $10.00 discount for individual or family memberships in the Kawau BC.  KBC members are entitled to free laundry, free showers, fresh water to top up boat tanks, discount on fuel and discount on drinks at the bar.

The Club also advise they will be adding a new wooden deck in from of the club and plans are in place to install a 20meter floating pontoon to provide easier access to the wharf for refuelling and a safe dinghy landing area.

Contact Lin Pardey:

Welcome to our new members

Patrick & Terri O’Meara
Phil & Jo Davenport

CYA Classic Vessel Register 2017

Extra copies are now available for purchase at $15.00 a copy, a steal for such an awesome publication.

Did you know you could view this online? Check it out at

Available online or contact us:

Winter Racing Results

The last race in the Winter Series was held on 9th September in fairly blustery conditions! Thanks to the five boats that turned out this winter for racing on what was either brilliant sunny days (with no wind!) or the complete opposite – challenging as always!

Congratulations to Andy Ball and his team on Aramoana for taking out the series on 8 points, followed closely by Starlight on 11 points, and Waitangi in third place. Aramoana will be presented with the M.K. Draffin trophy at the CYA Prizegiving at the end of the season.

Hope to see more boats on the water next winter!

Winter Series Results
Aramoana – 8 points
Starlight – 11 points
Waitangi – 21 points
Thelma – 25 points
Katrina – 27 points

Membership subs

For those of you who have yet to pay, it’s easy to do by direct credit: 12 3071 0352226 00, by credit card, or online at

News & views

Your contributions and ideas are very welcome – 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.

Finding Imogen – can you help?

Imogen was probably one of the first yachts to be rigged with twin running sails.
The rig was developed by Captain Otway Waller who made a single handed passage in Imogen in 1930 from Limerick in Ireland to Las Palmas in the Canaries using the twin running sails. The twin sails were set on Wykeham-Martin roller furling gear with the sheets led from the whisker poles through blocks to the tiller. This provided self steering and various forms of this setup have been used by many yachts for trade wind passages.

I am Otway Waller’s son, John and will be visiting Auckland between April 2 and 8 next year and would love to see Imogen.  I was in contact with John Cooper, the previous owner, when he was selling her but have since lost contact.  I would like to meet him and also Imogen’s new  owner.  I hope one of you can help me.

+44 7811351170

New Zealand Traditional Boat Building School

UNIT 2, 17 Totara Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula
Check out and sign up for our newsletter.

Future Courses:

  • Installing fittings and fixing leaks on boats
  • Build a stand up paddle board
  • Small repairs to boats
  • Caulking and Carvel Planking
  • Electrolysis
  • Waka Ama Paddle
  • Build a kayak (options: plywood/strip plank)
  • Build your own oars for your dinghy or row boat
  • Build a dinghy or row boat
Contact Tanya Ankersmit    e:

For sale & classified

We’ve now created a page especially for those looking to buy, sell, rent, give away, or generally do anything with their classic boat. Check it out online at

Note that classified notices, with the occasional exception, will no longer be carried in Sheerlines.

Want to trade a mast for a clinker dinghy?

We need a mast and rigging for a 2.3 fibreglass (Seabird type) sailing dinghy – and you can have the (Frostbite?) clinker as the trade!
Please call Amanda if you are keen, 021 251 1777 and check it out at Glenfield.

Proudly brought to you by the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

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Classic Yacht Journal – September/October edition now online

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2017-2018 Season Calendar now online!

We are proud to present the 2017-2018 season calendar for your race and cruising diaries! We have another jam-packed season of fantastic events and we hope to see as many of you as possible out on the water, at our club events, or at the open days and exhibitions! More events will be announced throughout the season as they are planned and will be added to our events page on the website and on facebook. A PDF copy of the calendar is available here – print this out and put it on your wall or fridge so you won’t miss a thing!

Notice of Race

The Notice of Race for the Harbour & Passage Series is below. Entries will be open online from tomorrow (5th September).


Club night

Don’t forget that our monthly club night is tomorrow night, Tuesday 5th September in the Members Bar at RNZYS. Please feel free to come as usual at 6.00pm and the committee will join you immediately after their meeting at 6.30 or before if possible. Friends and family all welcome!

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Ariki Restoration News

This post has been reposted with permission of our friends over at the Ariki Restoration:

Welcome to the new Ariki classic yacht newsletter. We hope to bring you interesting news and developments in the restoration project and beyond. In this issue we give talk about the open day and give you a bit of our background.

Open Day Sunday 13th August

The weather held out for us on Sunday and we welcomed about 90 people through the tent at Okahu Bay Landing. Guests of all ages came along, shared some of their own stories and saw the progress Robin and his team are making.

It was wondered to meet so many of the old crew as well as past owners and guardians of her. We had two crew members in their 90’s visit which was very special for us. Thank you to all those who generously took the time to be part of our day.

Our boat builder – Robin Kenyon

An exciting part of the project for us has been working with our boat builder, Robin Kenyon. He has a lot of experience working both here and overseas on beautiful classic yachts like Ariki. He also has a connection to Prize by being Chad Thompson’s son-in-law.

The Boat

It was lovely to be able to show everyone who came along where we are up to with the restoration and share stories of her previous bumps and dents. Here you can see her deck all patched and ready for the fibre glassing to be done next week. We have the new bulwark anchored in place ready to be installed afterward and recarved.

How can you help?

Those of you who have connected in already will know that we are making a documentary about Ariki to gather together all her wonderful stories into one place. We would love you to connect in and share your stories. You do not need to be filmed if you don’t want to be, we are just interested in what you remember about your connection to this wonderful piece of Auckland maritime history.
Please email us on with your contact details and we will give you a call.


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2017 Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition announced

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September courses at the NZTBS

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CYA Journal – Issue 113 – August 2017

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2017-2018 Committee elected

At Tuesday night’s AGM, the new committee for the 2017 – 2018 term was elected:

Hamish Ross

Peter Mence

Vice Chairman
Michelle Khan

Yacht Captain
James Mortimer

Launch Captain
Angus Rogers

General Committee
Bruce Dunlop
Jason Prew
Nathan Herbert
Paige-Maree Cook
Rachelle Orr

Joyce Talbot

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Mahurangi Regatta preview from Off Centre Harbor

The folks over at have put together a great video previewing our very own Mahurangi Regatta – featuring Chas Bailey’s NGATIRA (Steve Horsley).


Check out the video below – you can also visit the website to access the full version.

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