Our heartiest congratulations to Paul Pritchett on his honour as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) announced in the recent New Year’s Honours.
Paul has been a key member of our group over the years and his outstanding contributions to yachting in New Zealand over many years has been justly recognised. Paul was instrumental in the guiding the introduction of the Optimist dinghy class throughout the country and numerous other initiatives to foster and encourage young sailors at all levels. In addition his lifetime of service to the Charteris Bay YC, Canterbury yachting and the Flying Fifteen Class was gratefully acknowledged.
Paul has also been an active leader and participant in numerous activities in his local community of Diamond Harbour, Church Bay, Charteris Bay and the wider Lyttelton area.
With the support of Mitre 10 Ferrymead the Canterbury Classic Boat Group are going to build a Boat In A Day (on the Saturday) at their 10th Anniversary Akaroa Classic Boat Regatta on the 11th and 12th of November.
The boat is a classic American Skiff similar to that shown below. Want to help out – spread some glue, drive a screw? With the help of pre-made frames and pre-cut ply panels it is hoped to complete this project and launch it in one day.