I made contact with Tony Stevenson the chairman of the Tina Rawa Trust , this is the organisation that is now looking after Otira, the Logan oil launch I restored in 2007. The Trust had two yachts in its keeping that started life in Canterbury in 1950’s. Intrigue, (the 18 footer that won the World Championship twice, once in Fiji and then again in Auckland) and Frith (the last of the Rona Jellicoe X Class Sanders Cup 14 footers). Tony gave me these two wrecks to bring south for restoration as the Trust had neither the time, nor the inclination, to do the work themselves, besides which, they are both Canterbury boats!
While viewing the Intrigue and Frith at Yachting Development’s yard I was also shown Darling a 1860’s 48ft trading vessel that ran aground on the Northland west coast in the 1880s and remained there, hidden under sand, for over 100 years until she was found and retrieved two years ago. Now under a large marquee, she will probably stay as she is as there is no plan to restore her. I think it’s fine to view her just as she was found.
After leaving Auckland we travelled home via Hamilton and visited a boat yard there where the 1880’s Lyttelton yacht Pastime is being restored by Craig Wild. She will be ready for the Classic Yacht Regatta being run in conjunction with the America’s Cup early next year.