- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 273, 16 November 1892, Page 2: The new yachts now being finished in Auckland builders’ yards include … two new 2½-raters of about equal dimensions by Messrs J. Logan, jun and C. Bailey, jun.
The Gloriana is the name of Mr J. Logan’s new 2½-rater, being called after the famous American flyer of that name. She has just been finished at the North Shore by Mr Logan, junr., for himself, and will be taken on her trial spin in the harbour next week. The Gloriana’s dimensions are:—Length on water line, 23ft: overall, 32ft; beam, 6ft 6in ; depth of hold, 5ft. She is diagonal built of kauri, and has very handsome lines, being modelled and built with great care. Like the Aorere she has a clipper bow and a long overhanging stern, with a gilt streak, and handsome carvings on her bow and her counter. The Gloriana is to be launched at the end of this week. She is of exactly the same dimensions as the new 2½-rater being built by Bailey, junr., and when the two clippers meet, as they will do this season, the result should be a very fair test of the respective abilities of these builders in the yacht-construction line.
Mr C. Bailey, jun. is is building a 2½-rater for himself, which will also be pitted against Logan’s new Gloriana at the next Aucklnd regatta.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 726, 26 November 1892: YACHTING AND ROWING Mr C. Bailey’s new boat will be launched this week.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 288, 3 December 1892, Supplement, Page 2: AQUATICS—The two 2½ raters, constructed by Messrs C. Bailey, junr., and Logan, junr., were also expected to make their maiden spin this afternoon, so that yachting enthusiasts will have plenty of ‘food’ for reflection, and it will be interesting to hear the various opinions next week.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 727, 3 December 1892: YACHTING AND ROWING The new boat built for Russell by C. Bailey jun was down on the beach last Saturday and attracted a good deal of attention, speculation being rife as to how she would shape with Logan’s clipper.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 294, 10 December 1892, Supplement, Page 2: AQUATICS—Mr F. Russell’s new 2½ rater, built by C. Bailey, junr., is called the Rogue. She was out last Saturday and sailed remarkably well, notwithstanding that she was very lightly ballasted.
Mr Logan’s 2½ rater was out for her maiden spin on Monday evening.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 728, 10 December 1892: OUTDOOR SPORTS— Russell’s new boat was out for a preliminary, and behaved very well and appeared to be pretty fast. If anything she is a little light.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 295, 12 December 1892, Page 4: THE JUDGE’S BAY REGATTA—On Saturday next the Judge’s Bay Regatta will be held, and it promises to be a success in every way. There is a good programme of events, and as will be seen by the list below, an excellent number of entries have been received. More than common interest is centred in some of the races, principally those for the yachts. All the new craft turned out this season are expected to compete, so that some very good racing may be safely anticipated.… Yachts and Fishing Boats, not exceeding 4-rating (race to start ab 2.15 p.m.): Tangaroa, Rogue, Gloriana, Aianola, Kotero, and Taniwha, Darling.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9059, 12 December 1892: JUDGE’S BAY REGATTA. The Judge’s Bay Regatta, which is to be held on Saturday next, promises to be most successful, and for the various events on the programme excellent entries have been received. A great deal of interest is being manifested in the race for yachts under 4 rating and the two new racing 2½-raters, Gloriana and Rogue, are among the competing boats.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 299, 16 December 1892, Page 2: ACTAEON’S TIPS—Yachts not Exceeding 4 Rating.—Not only are the fastest yachts, but also several of our smartest yachtsmen, engaged in this race, and the interest taken in the event is correspondingly great. The following are the names of the yachts and pilots who will face the starter:—Tangaroa (Walter Jones), Manola (C. Nelson), Kotero (C. Gallagher), Gloriana (Ike Hunt), Rogue (C. Bailey, junr.), Darling (R. Masefield), Doris (O. B. Waymouth), Malaooa (J. Clave), and the Taniwha. It is a very difficult task to pick the winner, especially when one does not know what kind of breeze will be blowing, but I consider the race lies between the Manola, Tangaroa, Gloriana, Rogue and Kotero. With a stiff breeze the Tangaroa may pass the winning post first, and if the weather be light the Gloriana should be in front, but when it is all over I fancy the boat that will take the prize will be the Manola.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9064, 17 December 1892: Yachts and Fishing Boats not exceeding 4-rating: For this event an excellent field has entered, and there will in all probability be one of the finest contests that has ever been witnessed in Auckland harbour. The Rogue and Gloriana are two yachts of a new type, and their meeting together as well as the trial of speed between them and the old cracks is eagerly looked forward to. Of course, a great deal depends upon the day as to what boat will win. The Tangaroa has had her sails altered, and with such a good hand at the tiller as Mr. W. Jones should be able to hold her own with the Manola. If the day is light, the Manola will probably have the advantage over the Rogue and Gloriana on account of being able to carry more “kites” than her pole-masted antagonist. Even if the Tangaroa makes a good stand against the Manola, the latter boat will receive several minutes’ time allowance from the former: so I will place the yachts as follows :—Gloriana, 1; Manola, 2; Rogue, 3.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 301, 19 December 1892, Page 3: JUDGE’S BAY AMATEUR REGATTA—… Yachts and Fishing Boats (not exceeding 4 ton 3 rating).—Great was the interest that centred in the race for yachts and fishing boats. Not only were the neverbeaten Manola and the Tangaroa to meet; the two new yachts Gloriana and Rogue, of which rumour had whispered much, but the pick of the yachtsmen in the harbour were engaged in the race, as the following commissions show —Rogue (Russel and Bailey) sailed by C. Bailey; Gloriana (J. Logan), by Ike Hunt; Darling (R. Masefield), R. Masefield ; Malanoa (C. Robinson), J. Clare; Kotiro (A. Brett), C. Gallagher; Manola (W Holder), C. Nelson; Taniwha (T. Roberts); Tangaroa (C. Lawford), Walter Jones; Doris (G. R. Webb) Nol Waymouth. The course was from the flagship, round the Arawata lying above the Queen-street Wharf, thence round south side of mark boat off Hobson Bay, and thence round chequered buoy in Rangitoto Channel, back round mark boat in tho Bay, going twice round this course and finishing on the north side of the flagship. The boats got well away together with a flying start, the Manola getting slightly the best of it, with the Kotiro close up. At the Point the Gloriana pulled herself out of the cluster and passed the Kotiro, being immediately followed by the Rogue and Tangaroa. A strong south west wind was blowing, necessitating a beat up to the Arawata. Determined to brave the rougher water of the northern side of the harbour, Ike Hunt stood the Gloriana across on a long board. Charlie Bailey followed the lead in the Rogue, Walter Jones in the Tangaroa, C. Gallagher in the Kotiro, and Nol. Waymouth in the Doris. On these sped, dropping a little to leeward, with scarcely a boat’s length between the lot of them. The Manola headed the rest of the fleet and sailed close up to the wind all the way to the Arawata. Though getting considerably to windward of the others, the Manola and her followers lost time by this course, as with a short beat at the termination of the long run the Rogue, Gloriana, Tangaroa and company shot round the anchored steamer first in the order named. Then followed the crack yacht with her retinue, and the down run of the fleet commenced. Steadily they came on to the flagship, interest in the race growing keener among the spectators as the colours came more clearly into view. The two new boats now shook out balloon jibs and ran for half-a-mile like a double canoe. The Tangaroa hung tenaciously to the leaders, but half-a-length behind, her big top-sail looming above everything. Half way down the race became less rigid, and the premier place was held in turn by the Rogue and Tangaroa. When the flagship was reached there was not much to choose between the three of them, though if anything they were in the order named. In Hobson Bay, Jones shook the Tangaroa up, and the topsail craft rounded the mark boat first, the two new cracks running cheek-by-jowl as they went round. On going about the yachts all grouped again, and sailed down to the Spit like a picnic party. When the North Head was reached the Tangaroa was leading again, with the Rogue second, Gloriana third, Kotiro fourth, Manola fifth, and the others behind in a bunch. In this position the yachts were lost to sight behind the Head, but when they re-appeared, it was seen that the Rogue had again forged ahead, whilst the Tangaroa had dropped into the third place a good bit to windward. Tho Gloriana was between these two. A beat up now ensued to the Hobson Bay mark boat, in the course of which the cards were again shuffled the deal reading Gloriana, Tangaroa, Rogue, Doris, Manola. In this order, with the Darling and Kotiro making love, and the rest almost hand in hand, the flagship was passed, and the first round completed. The Gloriana had, however, from the mark boat increased her lead, and was 2½ minutes in advance, whilst a ½ minute divided the Tangaroa and Rogue. The second trip round was almost a repetition of the first, with the exception that the Manola dropped well further astern of the three leading boats, though she took up the fourth position, and that the Gloriana held more tenaciously to the premier position. It was evident that the race lay virtually between the latter, the Rogue and Tangaroa, though there were not a few spectators who firmly believed that the till-then-never-beaten Manola, with Charlie Nelson at the tiller, would still win on the time allowance. After passing on the way down, the increased distances between the boats were very noticeable, and when they came into view again from behind the heads the first boat home was seen in the Gloriana. Up to the mark-boat they crept on a beat, Logan’s Gloriana rounding first. On she came to the flagship amidst tremendous cheering, passing 4½ minutes ahead of her rival, the Rogue, who by an injudicious tack near the flagship nearly lost her second place. She reached the neutral water, however, just in time, beating the Tangaroa by a minute. The latter yacht was thus five minutes behind the winning boat, and exactly half way between her and the Manola, which reached the Rotomahana five minutes later. It was a splendid race throughout, and the two new boats proved themselves regular warriors. All the yachts were handled in a masterful style, and needless is it to say that as each crew filed past the flagship they were lustily cheered. This is the first time that the Manola has been beaten, but considering her size, no disgrace can possibly attach itself to her bonnie St. George’s Cross. As it is, she takes third place on the time allowance. The time allowances were as follows: Tangaroa (6.11 rating), scratch; Taniwha (2.7), 2min 5sec; Rogue (2.40), 3min 53sec; Gloriana (2.30), 4min 33sec; Malanoa (1.91), 7min 35sec; Kotiro(1.87), 8min 28sec; Manola (1.87), 8min 28sec; Doris (1.68), 10min 28sec; Darling (1.55), 11min 35sec.
- Thames Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 7378, 19 December 1892: At the Judge’s Bay Regatta there was a close contest between the new yachts built by Logan and Bailey and Russell, the Gloriana (Logan) winning, with the Rogue (Bailey) second.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9065, 19 December 1892: Yachts and Fishing Boats (not exceeding 4-rating).—Course : From flagship, round Arawata. thence round south side of mark off Hobson Bay, thence round chequered buoy, thence round mark off Hobson Bay, twice round, finishing south side of flagship. Rogue (Russe and Bailey, Gloriana (J. Logan), Darling (R. Masefield), Malanoa (C. Robinson), Kotiro (A. Brett). Mauola (W. Holder), Taniwha (J. Roberts), Tangaroa (C. Lawford), Doris (G. R. Webb). A great deal of interest was taken in this race from the fact that the two new yachts built by Messrs. Logan and Bailey, of the North Shore, were competitors, and the contest was keenly watched from start to finish. On the beat up the harbour, the Rogue had the windward position, and the Arawata was rounded as follows : Rogue, Gloriana, Tangaroa, Kotiro, Manola, passing the flagship in the same position; but just afterwards the Tangaroa worked up to windward, and took the lead, though not for long, as the Rogue was the first round the mark buoy off Hobson’s Bay, and they rounded the buoy in Rangitoto Channel in this order. On the beat up the Rogue lost a good deal of ground, the Gloriana taking the lead and rounding the Arawata nearly four minutes ahead of the others. On the run down the Rogue improved a little, and the Manola supplanted the Kotiro for fourth place. These positions were maintained until the finish, the result being : Gloriana, 1; Rogue, 2; Tangaroa, 3; Manola, 4; Kotiro, 5. Before the race started the jaws of the gaff of the Rogue carried away, and it had to be spliced with a piece of wood and bound with rope, so that she was somewhat at a disadvantage in this respect. The race throughout was well contested, each crew not appearing to lose an opportunity of taking any advantage that occurred.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 306, 24 December 1892, Page 5: AQUATICS—That popular aquatic carnival, the Judge’s Bay Regatta, was again very successfully carried out, thanks chiefly to that important factor—the weather, and to the energetic secretary, Mr P. E. N. Crombie and his Committee. The event in which public interest centred was the third-class yacht race, and, as I surmised, it proved to be one of the most interesting races that we have seen on the Waitemata. There were many reasons why it should be so, for not only were our best boats competing, but nearly all our smartest yachtsmen were engaged in sailing the various crafts. It was a great pity that Mr O. B. Waymouth’s new yacht was not ready in time to compete, but unfortunately unforseen circumstances over which we mortals have no ruling will occur. The treat of again witnessing the Gloriana and Rogue testing their abilities will be given at the Anniversary Regatta, when Mr Waymouth’s boat will also be among the contestants.Unfortunately, my space is limited this week, and I am unable to criticise the various yachts and races as I would like, but I consider that we have not yet seen the Gloriana and Rogue at their best, and I expect to see an even closer contest between this pair of really fast boats at the Auckland Regatta. The rating rale under which the Gloriana and Rogue were built gives this design a great advantage over yachts of the Manola and Tangaroa type, and on the face of it it looks ridiculous to make the latter concede the new boats a handicap, for the Gloriana and Rogue should beat the Tangaroa every time they meet. I consider it was a really good performance for the Manola and Tangaroa to finish so close to their new rivals.…The 2½ rater Rogue gave the Constance a bad doing from Home Bay last Sunday.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9070, 24 December 1892: The Judge’s Bay Regatta last week afforded one of the most interesting yacht races that that has been witnessed in the harbour. The two new 2½-raters Gloriana and Rogue made a splendid race of it, whilst the Tangaroa, which was most cleverly handled by Mr. Walter Jones, was in the race throughout. Toward the end of the first round the Gloriana drew away from the other boats in a remarkable manner, and I am inclined to think that she must have had a slightly different wind on that occasion to the other boats. One or two slight mishaps occurred during the race, and the Manola lost considerable ground at the start through breaking her tiller, whilst the Rogue was also handicapped by the jaws of her gaff carrying away. However, the contest will be fought out anew at the Auckland Regatta, and the contest between the Gloriana, Rogue, Manola, and Tangaroa is sure to be a most exciting one.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 309, 29 December 1892, Page 3: JUDGE’S BAY AMATEUR REGATTA. The Judge’s Bay regatta was held on December 17th. The following races were sailed :— Yachts and Fishing Boats (not exceeding 4-tons rating).—Great was the interest that centred in the race for yachts and fishing boats. Not only were the never-beaten Manola and the Tangaroa to meet the two new yachts Gloriana and Rogue, of which rumour had whispered much, but the pick of the yachtsmen in the harbour were engaged in the race, as the following commissions show :—Rogue (Russel and Bailey) sailed by C. Bailey ; Gloriana (J. Logan), by Ike Hunt; Darling (R. Masefield), R. Masefield ; Malanoa (C. Robinson), J. Clare; Kotiro (A. Brett), C. Gallagher; Manola (W. Holder), C. Nelson ; Taniwha (J. Roberts) ; Tangaroa (C. Lawford), Walter Jones ; Doris (G.R. Webb) Nol Waymouth. The Gloriana got home first, beating the Rogue by 41⁄2 minutes, with the Tangaroa third, half a minute behind the Rogue. The time allowances were : Tangaroa (3.11 rating), scratch; Taniwha (2.7), 2min 5ec ; Rogue (2.40), 3min 53sec ; Gloriana (2.30), 4min 33sec ; Malanoa (1.91), 7min 35sec ; Kotiro (1.87), 8min 28sec ; Manola (1.87), 8min 28sec ; Doris (1.68), 10min 28sec; Darling (1.55), 11min 35sec.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 311, 31 December 1892: The 2½-rater Rogue and the 6-rater Miharo had an interesting race from Home Bay last Tuesday. Both yachts walked away from everything else on the journey, and the Rogue almost held her own with the Miharo.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 734, 21 January 1893, Page 9: The wind on Saturday was too light for the larger yachts, several of which were cruising about the harbour. The new craft built by Logan for Turnbull, was out on Saturday and proved a veritable flyer in the light wind…. The Gloriana, Rogue, Moana and Milhara, all had to strike their colours to Logan’s new boat on Saturday last.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 17, 21 January 1893, Page 2: AQUATICS— … The race for yachts under 3 tons should prove one of the most interesting events of the Regatta. The certain starters are four yachts which were only launched this season, viz, Yum Yum, Rogue, Gloriana and Kotiro, while several others are spoken of as likely competitors.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9103, 21 January 1893: The all-absorbing topic at present in aquatic circles is the forthcoming annual regatta, which is to be held in the harbour on Saturday afternoon next and on the following Monday. … The yacht races on Monday, January 30th, however, promise to produce the best contests ever seen in the Auckland harbour as in addition to the old cracks some six or eight new yachts will be found entering the lists, among these being such boats as the Aorere, Rona, Miharo, Yum Yum, Gloriana, Rogue, and others, whilst the public will also have an opportunity of seeing the old crack Muritai race again for the first time for eight or nine years.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 20, 25 January 1893, Page 2: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA—… Most of the Sailing events will be unusually interesting, from the fact that in almost every race several new boats will be pitted against each other for the first time. The new 2½-rater yacht Rogue has entered both the second and third-class yacht races.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9108, 27 January 1893: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA. A meeting of the Regatta Committee was held at the Waitemata Hotel yesterday evening;, Mr. G. S. Kissling presiding.… The committee’s attention was drawn to the fact that one yacht, the Rogue, has entered for two races, namely the race for yachts 5 to 7 tons rating and the race for yachts under 3 tons rating, and that it was not possible for her to compete in both. The committee decided not to accept the Rogue’s entry for the from 5 to 7 tons rating. There is now a probability of the race for yachts under 7 tons rating falling through, although the Maroro may be a post entry.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 22, 27 January 1893, Page 2: … It was decided not to accept the yacht Rogue’s entry for the race for yachts of from 5 to 7 tons rating, as she had also entered for the race for boats of 3 tons rating and under.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 22, 27 January 1893, Page 2: NOTES AND ANTICIPATIONS—… Yachts (3 tons rating and under).—With a decent breeze Mr O. B. Waymouth’s new yacht Yum Yum should win all the way, but with a light breeze the Rogue may trouble her. The other competitor, the Caverana, was only launched this week.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 23, 28 January 1893, Page 2 (Supplement): AQUATICS. … There has been great dissatisfaction in aquatic circles this week over the rule barring professionals from sailing any of the yachts. … Another rule that has caused some bitter words, and is the reason of the non-entry of the Gloriana, is the method that is adopted in measuring the pole masts and lug sail boats. This question, however, was well thrashed out by the Yacht Club last year, and before the Rogue, Gloriana and Yum Yum were built so that the owners of these vessels all knew what they were doing in preparing the canvas for their boats. No doibt the Yum Yum with her big sail has a big advantage over her opponents, for she is longer on the 1.w.1, and carries a bigger spread of canvas, yet she is smaller in rating. But this is all the more credit to her designer and builder, Mr O. B. Waymouth who no doiubt worked out the various measurements beforehand to see which was the best way of planning his sails, and he is to be commended for his forethought in tho matter. In future it would be well for these malcontents to attend the Yacht Club meetings and air their grievances at the correct time, and not leave it to the eleventh hour. … The prizes offered by the Regatta Commibtee were certainly deserving of a much better response from yacht owners. The arbitrary rule barring a professional from steering a yacht was the cause of the absence of several well-known boats.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 24, 30 January 1893, Page 3: TODAY’S REGATTA—… SIXTH RACE. Yachts, 3-ton rating and under. First prize, £20; second prize, £5. Course: Same as fourth race [From the flagship round mark boat off Paul’s (Orakei) Bay; thence round the chequered buoy thence round mark boat) off Paul’s (Orakei) Bay; thence round the Arawata (twice round), coming in on the south side of flagship]. Entries: Yum Yum, 2.32 tons, D. Carter and others; Corina, 2.1 tons, R. and A. Logan; Rogue, 2.4 tons, F. Russell.The Rogue got away to windward, closely followed by the Yum Yum, with the Corina in the leeward position. A big cutter lying right in the course caused the Rogue to luff up, and the Yum Yum gained a slight advantage. The Corina chose the lee tack, and shot ahead of the Bussard, which was swinging with the tide at the time. The other two boats had to pass her on the other side, and lost considerable time in so doing. On the run down, the blue-hulled Corina still lead, and passed the mark boat first, the Yum Yum being second, and the Rogue third. On rounding, the Yum Yum quickly caught up to the Corina, and ran evenly across to the Heads.The Corina on the lead up the harbour maintained her lead and rounded the Arawata first, the Rogue being second and the Yum Yum third. On hailing on a wind all the boats stood towards Brick Bay, the Rogue and Yum Yum decreasing the Corina’s lead. An interesting race between the trio ensued on the beat to the Orakei buoy.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 25, 31 January 1893, Page 2: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA— In addition to our report of the races at the Auckland anniversary regatta yesterday, we append details of the events after we went to press yesterday afternoon. The sailing races were very unsatisfactory, owing to the very light wind prevailing. The wind dropped to a dead calm in the afternoon, and the sailing races were quite spoilt, the events becoming mere drifting matches.… Third-Class Yachts. The Rogue won this race, beating the Corina and Yum-Yum. The Corina, which sailed exceedingly well during the day, took second place.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9111, 31 January 1893: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA. Yachts, 3-ton rating and under. First prize, £20; second prize, £5. Course: Same as fourth race. Starters : Yum Yum, 2.32 tons, D. Carter and others; Corina, 2.l tons, R. and A. Logan; Rogue. 2.4 tons, F. Russell. This promised to be a very pretty contest, and it would have proved so had the wind held up. The Rogue was first under the stern of the flagship, but a cutter was right in her course, and she sustained a momentary check. She, however, still kept the lead of the Yum Yum. The Corina ran to windward of the German warship. She thus got ahead; the Yum Yum, however, was first past the Arawata, but was again challenged by the Corina for a time with success. By some stroke of luck, however, unseen from the flagship, the Rogue got clean away, and leaving the others becalmed won at 4.26, the start being at lh. 38m. 10s. When the Rogue finished neither the Yum Yum nor the Corina were in sight. About 6 o’clock, however, they came slowly up with the tide, the Yum Yum being ahead. She however, did not trouble to pass the judge, leaving the Corina to take second place.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 29, 4 February 1893, Supplement, Page 5: Today the six sailing races in connection with the Auckland Anniversary Regatta, postponed from Monday last in order to be re-sailed, owing to the events not finishing in time for judging, were sailed over again in the Auckland Harbour. The weather was fine, and a beautiful south-easterly breeze which sprung up in the morning gave the competitors no cause to complain of lack of wind. The race excited a good deal of interest amongst yachting enthusiasts, and the fact that several new and fast yachts of local build were competing lent additional interest to the events. Though the number of entries were not large—and did not at all approach the splendid race for the Mutual Life trophy at Jubilee time, when thirty-seven yachts of all classes competed, yet the contests amongst those which did start on this occasion were interesting in a high degree to those who take an interest in aquatic sports. The new yachts competing today, in addition to the “old bands,” were the Rona (first-class race), and Aorere, Miharo and Rogue (second class yachts)…. Second Class Yachts: The Rogue did not start.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 31, 7 February 1893, Page 4: This season has been marked so far as the Waitemata is concerned by the advent of many new yachts. The Rogue, Gloriana, and Yum Yum, all under the 2½ ton rating, have been launched from the respective slips of the well-known boat builders Messrs Bailey, Logan, and Waymouth, and as a matter of course, a good deal of rivalry exists between the crews. The Rogue and Gloriana made a splendid fight, it will be remembered, for the Judge’s Bay yacht race, and in the later Auckland regatta the Yum Yum and Rogue tried conclusions. There is now every chance of a sweepstake race being sailed by those three “fliers,” each owner being confident of success, and each boat having a certain amount of public fancy. We understand that the race will probably come off within three weeks or so and will be open to all 2½ ton raters. The Corina is almost sure to compete, and an effort will be made to get the Tangaroa and others to enter.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 53, 4 March 1893, Page 2: The annual club races of the Auckland Yacht Club will be held in the harbour on Saturday afternoon next, and with large entries the three events should prove very interesting. The meeting of the Yum Yum, Gloriana, Rogue and Corina, is anxiously being looked forward to by yachting enthusiasts. I trust that all our yachtsmen will for once show a racing spirit, and make the races a success.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9145, 11 March 1893: The small yacht race will be of the greatest interest, inasmuch as our three new crack 2½ raters. The Gloriana, Yum Yum, and Rogue are all competing in this race, as well as several other fast boats. If there is a good breeze the Yum Yum should finish first, the Gloriana second, and Rogue third.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 741, 11 March 1893, Page 9: I shall expect the Yum Yum to win the second class event with the Gloriana next, and Rogue third.
- Observer, Volume XI, Issue 742, 18 March 1893, Page 9: The yacht races which were to have eventuated last week, were necessarily postponed on account of the bad weather, but with anything like favourable weather, will be got off this week. The entries for the events are not so large as anticipated but still a few tips will not be amiss. …. Yachts under 3 tons., Yum Yum 1st, Gloriana 2nd, Rogue 3rd. If the wind is light the Rogue may displace the other two. The handicaps, of course, may upset these calculations, but they should pass the post, in that order.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9158, 27 March 1893: Two very interesting yacht races took place in the harbour on Saturday afternoon, the events being watched with great keenness by a large number of spectators from the wharves and other points of view. The races were arranged on the sealed handicap principle, Mr. G. Goldie acting as timekeeper, Mr. R. S. Reynolds as starter, and Mr. G. S. Kissling as judge. The wind was only a slight breeze from the south-west at the start, and remained unsteady during the whole afternoon, dodging into the W.N.W. and S. W. repeatedly. The course was from the cud of Queen-street wharf, round a markboat off Judge’s Bay, thence round the first buoy in Rangitoto Channel, thence round the mark-boat off Judge’s Bay, thence round the s.s. Arawata, finishing off the end of Queen street Wharf; twice round. … The following were the entries for the second race, and the handicap of each : — Gloriana, 1½m. ; Yum Yum, 2½m. ; Rogue, 3m. ; Italy, 13m. ; Lulu, 13m. ; Wanderer, 16m. ; Aline, 16m.; Hattie May. 18m.; White Heather, 18m. The White Heather, Wanderer, and Yum Yum did not start…. The yachts were got away about ten minutes past three o’clock, the Hattie May and Lulu coming to the starting point late, the others getting away all of a bunch, the Aline, to leeward, being away first. On the run down the North Head was passed in the following order :—Gloriana, 40s. ahead of the Rogue; Italy, lm. 10s. behind Rogue; Aline, lm. 10s. behind Italy; and Hattie May two minutes later. On the return the Aline had taken second position, and this order was maintained on the run up to the Arawata, which was rounded by the Gloriana nine minutes ahead of the Aline, the Rogue being four minutes later, the Italy two minutes behind the Rogue, the Lulu and Hattie May a long way behind. The Gloriana went along at a swinging pace, rounding the North Head ten minutes ahead of the Aline, with the Rogue a minute and a-half later. The former yacht made her appearance, returning just as the Aline passed round the Head. Rounding the mark buoy off Judge’s Bay the Rogue had assumed second position, being 11 minutes behind the Gloriana, slightly ahead of the Aline. The race resulted: Gloriana, 6h. 18m. 20s.; Rogue, 6h. 35m. 30s.; Aline, 6h. 41m, 10s. The others were not timed. Allowing for the handicap, the Aline takes second place.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9193, 6 May 1893, Page 6: THE CLOSE OF THE YACHTING SEASON…. The Auckland Yacht Club now possesses a finer fleet of yachts than any of the other clubs in the colonies, including as it does some 50 vessels of all sorts and sizes from the handsome 40-ton yawl Volunteer down to the tiny little 1½ raters. The additions to our fleet during the season alone comprise several very fine boats, such as the Volunteer, Aorere, Miharo, Gloriana, Rogue, Yum Yum, Corina, Kotero and others, all of which have proved to be fast sailers.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 148, 24 June 1893: The Rogue was hauled up for the winter at North Shore last week.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 208, 2 September 1893, Page 2 (Supplement): AQUATICS. Mr Lind has given an order to Mr C. Bailey for a 2½-rater. It is expected that the new yacht will be a faster boat than the Rogue.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9368, 27 November 1893, Page 6: JUDGES BAY AMATEUR REGATTA. Saturday night was the time appointed for receiving entries for this Regatta, taking place on Saturday week, December 9. The number of entries received was most encouraging ; some misunderstanding, however, having arisen as to the time of closing the entry list, the honorary secretary (Mr. Crombie) announces by advertisement that the list will be kept open at his office, St. Mungo’s Chambers, 62, Queen-street (over Court Bros.) until 4 p.m. Wednesday, 29th inst. Mr Crombie will be found in between one and two p.m. every day. The following are the entries already received, stations will be drawn for during the week :— … 2. Keel Yachts, 3-rating and under: Latte, J. Clare; Rogue, F. Russell; Corina, P. Miller ; Gloriana, A. Logan.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 293, 11 December 1893, Page 3: AQUATIC SPORTS, JUDGE’S BAY REGATTA—… [Race] 3. Keel Yachts, 3 rating and under.— Course same as previous races [From flagship round s.e. Arawata (off Hobson-street Wharf), thence round south side of mark-boat off Hobson Bay, thence round the chequered buoy in Rangitoto Channel, theuce back round mark off Hobson Bay, twice round, finishing on the south side of the flagship]. Entries Corina (P. Miller), Latte (Jas. Clare), Gloriana (A. Logan), Rogue (F. Russell).A bad start was effected in this race, which ranked next in point of interest to the 7 rater event. The Gloriana started by herself and went up the harbour but subsequently returned. The Latte and Corina had the best of the start. The Gloriana sailed well, and on a wind, she soon assumed first place, taking the lead before the Arawata was rounded. The Gloriana, which seemed in fine trim, set no topsail. The Rogue had no topmast up. Mr Logan’s crack rounded the Arawata first, and all set spinnakers for the four mile run down the harbour. The Latte, Corina, and Rogue followed the leader in that order. The Gloriana passed the flagship a long disbance ahead on her first run down, with the Rogue second and Corina third. This order was maintained on the lead across to the North Head, and returning via the Hobson’s Bay mark the first time, the Gloriana was two or three minutes ahead of the Rogue, which was well to windward, and the Latte and Corina next in order. Mr Clare’s new boat seemed to be in somewhat better trim than at the Ponsonby Regatta on the previous Saturday. On a wind, however, the Latte fell back into last place, the Corina overhauling both her and the Rogue on the thrash up to the Arawata. Rounding the Arawata for the second time, the spinnaker-booms were run out again, and the four yachts bowled down the harbour in fine style, the Gloriana being now some two miles ahead of the others. A close race ensued between the Corina, Rogue, and Latte, which passed the flagship on the second time down in the order named. This order remained unchanged to the finish, the Gloriana winning: 1, Gloriana (5hr, 38min, 5sec); 2, Corina (5hr, 48min, 17sec); Rogue (5hr, 49min, 10sec); Latte (5hr, 50min, 25sec).
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXX, Issue 9380, 11 December 1893: JUDGES BAY REGATTA. Keel Yachts, 3-rating and under—Course: Same as first race. Corina, P. Miller; Latte, Jas. Clare; Gloriana, A. Logan; Rogue, F. Russell. The Gloriana made a start by herself but returned after a run up the harbour, a little late for the start of the others. The Latte was the first to get away with the Corina second, the Gloriana third, and the Rogue last, the latter having inside position. On the run up to the Arawata the Gloriana had pulled up a good deal on the others, and by the time the flagship was passed had taken first place, closely followed by the Latte, Corina, and Rogue, all about the same distance apart. These positions were maintained on the run down to the chequered buoy, and in rounding the Orakei buoy on the run up the Gloriana was fully two minutes ahead of the Rogue, which was well in shore and in second place, the Latte third, and the Corina last. On the down run, passing the flagship, the Gloriana had still further improved Imposition, the Corina being second, Rogue third (close up), and Latte a long way behind. These positions were maintained all the, rest of the distance, the finish being: — Gloriana, 1; Corina, 2 ; Rogue, 3.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 295, 13 December 1893, Page 4: The Committee of the Judge’s Bay Regatta held a meeting last evening, with reference to the sailing races which proved unsatisfactory at the Regatta on Saturday last.… The third race for 3-raters and under, was awarded to the Gloriana, the Corina (which finished second) being disqualified for not giving in her rating, the second prize going to the Rogue.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 17, 20 January 1894, Page 2: AQUATICS— As Regatta Day approaches, the interest in our aquatic event of the year becomes keener, and by the concern already manifested by the various yachtsmen and oarsmen, the Auckland Regatta of 1894 promises to be a decided success.……The Gloriana, Rogue, Yum Yum and Daisy are certain starters for the yacht race under four tons. The Daisy makes her maiden effort in a race, and many expect to see her give the Gloriana a tussle for supremacy.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 20, 23 January 1894, Page 5: AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY REGATTA, THE ENTRIES—… Yachts, 2 tons and up to 4 tons. First prize, £20; second prize, £5.—Yum Yum, Gloriana, Rogue, Daisy.
- Observer, Volume XIV, Issue 787, 27 January 1894, Page 15: REGATTA TIPS. The Auckland Annual Regatta eventuates on Monday next and gives promise of affording more than the usual amount of excitement. Additional interest has been lent to it on account of the Champion Yacht Race, and the meeting of the Sydney crack with our local craft for a true test of speed. The course is to be round Tiri, and given a good breeze the race should prove exciting in the extreme, and cause the Auckland Regatta of 1894 to be long remembered. … The following are our 4 tips ‘ :… Yachts, 2 to 4 tons : Gloriana, 1 ; Daisy, 2 ; Rogue, 3.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 251, 29 January 1894, Page 3: ANNIVERSARY DAY—… EIGHTH RACEThird Class Yachts, 2 rating and up to 4 rating. First prize, £20 second priz, £5.—Course —Same course as No. 1 [From south side of flagship round mark boat off Rangitoto Reef, thence round mark boat between Motuihi and Brown’s Island, thence round mark boat off Sugarworks. and finish south side of flagship]. 24 miles. Entries Gloriana, 2.39 rating. J. Logan; Yum Yum, 3.64 rating, O. B Waymouth; Rogue, 2.82 rating, Z. Russell; Daisy 2.77 rating, W. Lind. Of these craft, the most popular was the Gloriana, Messrs Logan Bros crack, which last Monday won the race for her class at the Wellington annual regatta, besides having won several other races in Auckland since her launch. The boats were given a fine start at 11.30 a.m., the Daisy being the first to cross the line, closely followed by the Yum Yum, Gloriana and Rogue, in the order named. The Rogue, which was the only boat which started with a topsail up, soon assumed the best position, but the Gloriana overhauled her fast. Off Mechanics’ Bay, the Gloriana and Yum Yum got spinnakers up. The positions were somewhat changed on the run down, the Yum Yum and Gloriana both overhauling the Rogue, the Yum Yum assuming first place. The North Head was passed by the Yum Yum first at 11.52 a.m., the order of the yachts being:— Yum Yum, 1; Gloriana, 2; Daisy, 3; and Rogue, 4.The Yum Yum continues to lead, although the race between the four is a very good one. The Rogue blanketed the Gloriana for some time, but the latter eventually ran through her lee. The Yum Yum led around the buoy in Rangitoto Channel and also around the marked boat off Motuihi, although there was very little between the Yum Yum and Gloriana. The position at 3.30 p.m., when the leading yacht passed the flagship on the beat up to the Sugarworks boat was—Gloriana, 1 Daisy, 2. This race resulted :—Gloriana, 1; Daisy, 2.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 26, 30 January 1894, Page 2: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA— EIGHTH RACE. Third Class Yachts, 2 rating and up to 4 rating. First prize, £20 second prize, £5. Course—Same course as No. 1. 24 miles. Entries Gloriana, 2.39 rating, J. Logan; Yum Yum, 3.64 rating, O. B Waymouth; Rogue, 2.82 rating, Z. Russell; Daisy 2.77 rating, W. Lind. The race for yachts from 2 to 4 rating resulted in a very close finish between the Gloriana and Daisy. Both yachts were tack and tack off the Queen-street Wharf on the beat up to the Sugarwork’s mark, and the Daisy held a very good position. The Gloriana, however, managed to round the Sugarworks mark some distance ahead of Mr Lind’s boat. After easing off her mainsheet for the run down to the flagship the Gloriana increased her lead, and won the race. The order and times of finishing were: 1, Gloriana (4hr, 18min, 30sec); 2, Daisy (4hr, 21min, 50sec); 3, Yum Yum (4hr, 26min, 30sec). The Gloriana had to allow the Daisy 49sec, so that the latter did not make up her time allowance sufficiently to carry off the race.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXI, Issue 9421, 30 January 1894: AUCKLAND ANNIVERARY REGATTA. The fifty-fourth anniversary of the colony was celebrated yesterday in various ways in Auckland, but in no way more pleasurable than by the regatta which long ago became the feature of the day. It is to be regretted that the attendance year by year seems to diminish. And yet the yachting spirit in Auckland apparently gets keener than ever. Whether this is due to counter attractions being multiplied, or to the fact that the wharves, for which there is no charge, give a splendid view of both starts and finishes, is a question which the Regatta Committee might well consider. (Certainly yesterday when there was but a fairly good attendance on the flagship, the boats to the North Shore were crowded with people going to the Takapuna races, while both the Railway and the Queen-street wharves were lined half-a-dozen deep. The morning did not break in the most promising manner. A strong wind blew from the W.S.W. There was some sea on, aud a promise of squalls. For sailing, the day could not have been better, as it turned out, but the rowing races were spoiled.
Yachts, 2-rating and up to 4-rating. Start 11.30 a.m. First prize, £20; second. £5. Course: Same course as No. 1. 24 miles. Gloriana, 2.89-rating (J. Logan) 1; Daisy, 2.77-rating (W. Lind) 2; Yum Yum, 3.64 rating (O. B. Waymouth) 3; Rogue, 2.82 rating (Z. Russell) also started.
The Yum Yum allowed the Gloriana and Rogue 5m 36s and the Daisy 6m 25s. Additional interest attached to this event, seeing that the Gloriana, an old crack, had won her race at Wellington on the previous Monday. The Daisy was the first to get away at gunfire, Yum Yum, Gloriana, and Rogue being in the order named. The Rogue, which carried a topsail at first, took up the lead, but had to change places with the Gloriana. In the run back up to the Sugar Works the Gloriana showed the way, with the Daisy and Yum Yum lying next. The Gloriana went about opposite the Railway Wharf, the Daisy doing similarly opposite the Queen-street Wharf. The wind then veered a little more southerly, and the Daisy reaped an advantage. The Gloriana, however, overhauled her, and won at 4h. 18m. 30s. p.m., the Daisy passing at 4h. 21m. 50s., and the Yum Yum at 4h. 26m. 30s.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 30, 3 February 1894, Page 2: AQUATICS—… OUR ANNIVERSARY REGATTA… The Gloriana did not have such an easy victory as was generally anticipated, for Mr Lind’s new yacht, Daisy, gave her a very keen struggle, and I believe would have won but for the mistake C. Bailey, jun. (who steered her) made by standing out into the ebb tide after passing the wharves. The Daisy was several minutes behind the Gloriana in rounding the Motuihi mark, yet in the windward work up the harbour, the former had caught her opponent, when the success achieved was thrown away by the error. I have seen J. Logan handle the Gloriana better, too. The Yum Yum proved the fastest boat leading, but it was when she hauled on a wind that she lost ground. The Rogue went on different tactics to the others, by making use of the Tamaki outflow to Rangitoto, and depending on the westerly breeze holding in the harbour. She was deceived, however, and lost whatever chance she had in the contest.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 257, 27 October 1894, Page 2: Several yachts… were out last week. … Rogue… and several others were launched this week, and will appear under canvas to-day.… The Rogue is to be fitted with a pole mast this season.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4, 5 January 1895, Page 2 (Supplement): AQUATICS. Our yachtsmen were favoured with excellent weather for their Xmas cruise, and, needless to say, every class of boat was away from its moorings. Waiheke Island, Coromandel, Motutapu, and Thames were the most visited resorts… For the New Year vacation a stiff easterly breeze kept a number of the smaller craft at their moorings. Cowes and the various bays at the far end of Waiheke were again the favourite resort, and on New Year’s Day our yachtsmen held an aquatic carnival and sports. Mr Bloomfield’s yacht, the Viking, acted as flagship, and was anchored off Croull’s Bay. The principal event was a handicap yacht race for all classes of boats, Mr Croll giving a fat sheep and a pair of ducks as prizes. No less than eight yachts started. The course was from the Viking to a buoy off Poniu Island, thence round buoy off the Frenchman’s Cap, thence to flagship, twice round. It proved a most interesting race between the Daisy and Spray, while when running and leading, the Kestrel pushed the leaders, but lost ground when on a wind. Mr Lind’s Daisy finished first, the Spray following 25sec after, and the Rogue third, ten minutes behind. The following were the handicaps for the race : — Aorere and Yvonne (scratch). Spray, Kestrel, Ngaru, Coo-ee (the new fishing yacht recently built by Bailey Bros.), 6min; Daisy and Rogue, 8min; Ehoa and Tawera, 12min. The Yvonne and Aorere were absent. Other sports were held during the afternoon, and Mr Parish gave a dance in the evening, so that our yachtsmen had what they call ‘a real good time.’
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 15, 18 January 1895: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA. The race for 2½-rater yachts will also bring out a good field, and a fine race should ensue. The probable starters will be the Gloriana, Zinita, Yum Yum, Daisy and Rogue.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 17, 21 January 1895, Page 3: JUDGES’ BAY REGATTA—On Saturday night, the Committee of the Judges’ Bay Regatta, which will be held on Saturday afternoon next, met at the British Hotel and received entries for the regatta. The following were the entries:…Yachts (2.5 rating and under):—Daisy, Rogue, Zinita, Gloriana, Mahoe.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 13, 23 January 1895, Page 4: The Judge’s Bay Regatta, which takes place on Saturday afternoon next, promises to be an aquatic event well worth witnessing. A considerable amount of interest is being taken in the approaching contests by both yachting and rowing men, and in several of the races exciting trials of speed may be looked for. The Northern Steamship Company’s steamer Clansman will be flagship for the occasion.… The Zinita and Gloriana will again meet each other in the race for yachts of 2.5 rating and under, while the Daisy, Rogue, and Mahoe will also start in this event. As the yacht races are to be run under the rules of the Auckland Yacht Club, owners will have to produce a certificate from the official measurer as to their rating to the secretary before one p.m. tomorrow. The distinguishing numbers for boats in the sailing races, which must be carried at the peak of the main-sail, will be distributed at the secretary’s office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 23, 28 January 1895, Page 3: JUDGE’S BAY REGATTA— Starting in all the sailing events was bad, the system of firing a gun and then another one five minutes afterward, for the start not apparently being understood by all those engaged. The race for two and a-half raters and under was also, as expected, a capital one. The Daisy had the best of it nearly right round the course, and passed the winning line a minute ahead of the Gloriana. Next came the Rogue, closely attended by the Zinita.……YACHTS 2.5 RATING AND UNDERCourse, Same as First Race [From north side of flagship, between flagship and a mark, round mark near Bastion, thence about due north, round mark off Rangitoto, thence round mark near Bastion, thence round s.s. Arawata, thence round mark near Bastion, thence round mark off Rangitoto, thence round mark near Bastion, finishing on north side of flagship, between flagship and mark off north side of flagship. About 18 miles].
Daisy, Wm Lind: 1; Gloriana, J Dunning: 2; Rogue, Russell: 3. The Zinita and Mahoe also started.The Daisy got slightly the best of the start, the Mahoe crossing the line second and the Zinita third. The Rogue was about 250 yards behind, last. On the run down to the Bastion the Zinita moved into second place, and the Gloriana, keeping well to windward, weathered the mark boat first, the Daisy a few lengths behind, but to windward. A good race ensued across to the North Head, and the Daisy, slowly drawing ahead, passed out of sight 15sec before the Gloriana, the Ziniba, which was lying third, not disappearing until five minutes afterwards. The Rogue was now number four and the Mahoe last. The Daisy still had the lead on re-appearing, and was leading the Gloriana by about a minute, while the Zinita had closed up the gap between her and the second boat considerably, while the Rogue had also made up a lot of ground. The positions of the first two boats were little altered rounding the Bastion and on the lead up harbour, but the Rogue had supplanted the Zinita by a few seconds in the third position, and when off the Clansman was hardly two minutes behind the Gloriana. On the beat down the harbour the Daisy became becalmed, and the Gloriana assumed command, but shortly had to give place to the Rogue. The Daisy, close to the Bastion, was replaced by the Gloriana, and the positions were, on rounding, Gloriana 1, Daisy 2, Zinita 3, Rogue 4, Mahoe, some minutes behind, last. The Daisy moved up again on the run to the buoy in Rangitoto Channel, and when the yachts again appeared, she was well in front of the Gloriana, after which come the Rogue. Round the Bastion, and to the finish the Daisy maintained her lead, crossing the line a minute before the Gloriana. The Rogue, which had a slight lead of the Zinita, was the next to finish, and about 8min 45sec afterwards the Mahoe sailed past, but had not completed the course. The time of the Daisy over the course was about 3hrs 35min. A protest has been entered by the Gloriana, claiming a foul against the Daisy in rounding the Bastion mark boat on the first round.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXII, Issue 9729, 28 January 1895: JUDGES BAY REGATTA. Yachts 2.5-rating and under.—Course, etc., same as first race. Daisy, Wm. Lind ; Rogue, F. Russell; Zinita, Bailey and Ansenne; Gloriana, J. Dunning; Mahoe, Stonex and Cameron. _ The boats were sent away in the following order: —Daisy, Mahoe, Zinita, Gloriana, and Rogue. The two latter being a long way astern, but Gloriana having a good windward position, came down very fast upon the others. Zinita was far to leeward. On the run down to the Bastion mark boat Daisy had all the best of it, and was going very fast. Zinita continued across right under Orakei Point, and on the stretch across to the mark boat, was sailing well. Gloriana was first round the mark boat, closely followed by Daisy, which soon afterwards took the first place, and notwithstanding the manoeuvring of Gloriana still kept ahead, and going very fast, being well to windward. Zinita was third, and Rogue and Mahoe next, the little fellow hanging on manfully to the Rogue. Passing the North Head Daisy was first, with Gloriana 15 seconds behind, and Zinita a long way astern. On reappearing the Daisy was still first by about 30s., and Gloriana next; the Zinita had improved her position, and was sailing fast. Passing the flagship the Daisy was still further ahead, Gloriana second, Rogue and Zinita about even, the Mahoe creeping along, and hanging on to the others. The Arawata was rounded in the same order, but on coming down to Mud Bay the Gloriana was ahead, and in a good position. Here all the boats, like the larger ones, went in for a good, deal of manoeuvring, and the Daisy, being well in out of the tide, was the first to get the breeze, and went ahead at a spanking rate after the Gloriana, Rogue to leeward, and Zinita a long way astern. Rounding the Bastion mark-boat the Gloriana was first, Daisy second, Rogue third, Zinita fourth, and Mahoe last. These positions were maintained on the run home, the flagship being passed as follows Daisy, 5h. 26m.; Gloriana, 5h. 27m. 58s.; Rogue, 5h. 30m. 38s.; Zinita, 5h. 31m. 9s.; Mahoe, 5h. 45m. The Mahoe, with 9½ m. time allowance, takes the prize. A protest has been entered against the Daisy on account of a foul when rounding the Bastion mark boat the first round.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 24, 29 January 1895, Page 5: THE REGATTA— …ELEVENTH RACE … Yachts, 2½ rating and under. First prize, £20; second prize, £7. Course, same as scow race [From south side of flagship round mark boat off Rangitoto Reef, thence round mark boat between Motuihi and Brown’s Island, thence round mark boat off Sugarworks, and finishing south Side of flagship], 24 miles. Entries:
Rogue, F. Russell.
Daisy; W. Lind.
Zinita, Bailey and Ansenne.
Gloriana, J. Dunning.
Mahoe, Stonex and Cameron
This race ranked on the programme one of the best of to-day, bringing out as it did a field of new and fast boats. Of these the Gloriana’s name was the best known, on account of her many victories, but the Daisy, built by Bailey prior to last season’s regatta, was greatly fancied on account of her win at the Judge’s Bay Regatta on Saturday. The Zinita, one of Bailey’s latest specimens of up-to-date racing yachts, also had her staunch backers. The boats were given an excellent start, the Zinita getting away first, closely followed by the Rogue second, Daisy third, and the Gloriana fourth. The Mahoe did not start. After passing the flagship the Daisy kept a long way to windward, but did not appear to be sailing quite as fast as usual. The Zinita appeared to be sailing exceedingly well. The Zinita quickly distanced her competitors, and with the aid of her kites rounded the North Head first. At 12.35 p.m. the following was the order in which the yachts passed out of sight:— 1. Zinita; 2. Rogue, 1min 10sec; 3. Daisy, 1min 25sec; 4. Gloriana, 1min 35sec.The positions in rounding the buoy at Motutapu were: Zinita (1hr 52m 30s); Gloriana (1hr 54m 15s); Daisy (1hr 56m); and Rogue (1hr 57m 35s). The Rogue carried away her gaff, which threw her behind. The Daisy was leading when we went to press, with Gloriana next best.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 25, 30 January 1895, Page 5: ANNIVERSARY REGATTA— Race 6 2½-RATER YACHTS. The race for yachts of 2½ rating and under proved, as was anticipated, to be one of the best contests of the day. On the lead up the harbour past the flagship, Zinita, Bailey’s recent build, was well ahead, with the Gloriana and Daisy making close race of it for second place, the Gloriana being slightly to windward, but astern. The Rogue was a long way astern. The Mahoe did not start. The relative positions were maintained rounding the buoy, and on the run down the harbour the Zinita gained on her older opponents and won by 3min 40sec from the Gloriana. The race resulted: Zinita, 4h 13min, 1; Gloriana, 4h 16min 40sec, 2; and Daisy, 4h 18m30 sec, 3. The time allowances from the Daisy were Rogue, Zinita and Gloriana, 54sec each, so that the result is not affected.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXII, Issue 9731, 30 January 1895: Glorious weather prevailed the whole of yesterday, when the 55th anniversary of the foundation of the colony was celebrated. On Monday night it looked somewhat as though rain might be expected. There was, in fact, a downfall during the hours of darkness, but from sunrise on, the sun shone splendidly, the heat, moreover, being tempered by a cool breeze. The two great attractions for the public were the races at Takapuna, to which thousands were conveyed by the Ferry Company’s steamers, and the annual regatta, the spectators of which, likewise, could be numbered by thousands. Pine Island, Northcote, Birkenhead, Devonport, and St. Heliers’ Bay, each attracted its quota of holiday keepers, while pleasure trips by road were beyond counting. Auckland’s entire population was on the move for the day, and happily, as far as can be gathered, no accident of any moment occurred. The following reports show, in very many cases how the day was spent.
Yachts, 2½ rating and under.—First prize, £20; second, £7. Course : Same as No. 1. 24 miles. Zinita (Bailey and Ansenue) 1; Gloriana (J. Dunning) 2; Daisy (W.Lind) 3; Rogue (F. Russell) 4; Mahoe (Stones and Cameron) 5. This was one of the best contests of the day, and was looked forward to with a good deal of interest, owing to the way in which the competing boats were placed at the Judge’s Bay Regatta on Saturday last, when Daisy was the winner. All started except Mahoe. The start was very fair, Zinita being first away, followed by Daisy, Gloriana. and Rogue. All went down the harbour at a great pace, Ziuita sailing very well, Gloriana being away to windward. Rounding the North Head Rogue was lm. 10s. behind, Daisy lm. 25s.. Gloriana lm. 55s. Rounding the buoy off Motutapu Gloriana had taken second place, being 2m. 15s. behind Zinita, and Daisy 2m. behind her. Passing the flagship on the upward journey Zinita was well ahead, the Gloriana and Daisy about even, the former to windward, the Rogue still a long way astern. These positions were maintained after rounding the Sugar Works buoy, and on the down run, the result being: Zinita, 4.13; Gloriana, 4.16.40; Daisy. 4.18.30. Time allowances from Daisy were Rogue, Zinita, and Gloriana, 54s. each ; so that the result is not affected.
- Evening Post, Volume L, Issue 127, 26 November 1895, Page 3: FOR SALE — Yacht ARAWA, 8 tons, built 1882 by Logan; fast cruiser, with full inventory. Full particulars on application. Price, £230; or offer will be considered. Also, 2½-rater ROGUE, 2 tons lead, sails, &c; a modern vessel, built 1893; winner of several races. Price, £100. Lists of Yachts for Sale post free. G. V. EDGCUMBE, Ship and Yacht Broker, 15, Queen-street, Auckland
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 298, 16 December 1895: PONSONBY ANNUAL REGATTA. The following are the details of the racing :— SAILING RACES. Cruisers’ Race (open). First prize, £2 and water colour, valued at £5 5s. Course: From north side of flagship, round mark boat off Sugar Works, thence round south side Viking’s mooring, round chequered buoy in Channel (second buoy round North Head), back round south side Viking’s moorings, round mark boat off Sugar Works, finishing north side of flagship.— The Undine got the best of the start. The Halcyon was very late coming up to the start, and was put out of the race through starting on the wrong side of the flagship. The Kotiro and Clio stuck close to the leading boat on the lead up the harbour. When the Sugar Works mark was rounded, the Tangaroa had assumed second place. This order was kept up down the harbour, the Rogue now taking first place. The race finished as follows :—Rogue, 3hr 19min, 1 ; Tangaroa, 3hr 20min 25sec, 2 ; Undine, 3 ; Cynisca, 3hr 31min 45sec, 4. On time allowance, however, the results were altered, as the Rogue had to allow the Tangaroa two minutes. The Cynisca also took third place from the Undine for the same reason. The result of the race therefore is : Tangaroa 1 Rogue, 2 Cynisca 3.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVII, Issue 16, 20 January 1896, Page 2: JUDGE’S BAY REGATTA. Entries for bha Judge’s Bay regatta, which takes place on Saturday next, were received at the Windsor Casble Hotel, Parnell, on Saturday night as follows : … Cruisers’ Race. — Kahawai, Rogue, Corinna, Mahoe, Undine, Tapu, Cynisca.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10038, 27 January 1896: JUDGES BAY REGATTA. Cruisers’ race : Same as race No. 3, Cynisca, Young and others; Undine, Macklow Bros; Mahoe, B. and P. Stonex; Corinna, George and others; Rogue, F. Russell; Kahawai, Graham and Gash. This was an exciting contest, and created a good deal of interest. The Tapu did not start. All got away fairly well together, and after a good race the Corinna was first past the flagship, with the Undine second, and the Rogue third.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVII, Issue 24, 29 January 1896, Page 5: SAILING RACES— FIFTH RACE. CRUISERS (Sealed Handicap). First priza, £10; second prize, £5; third prize, £3.Course Round marks boats off Rangitobo Reef and Brown’s Island, 19 miles.Entries: Cynisca, 2.7, Young and Co., owners; Undine, 3.7, Macklow Bros., owners; Rogue, F. Russell, owner; Lottie, 2.7, A. W. Donald, owner; Corinna, 2.7, Dacre and W. Browne, owners.The Tangaroa was a post entry, getting away considerably to leeward.The following were the handicaps in this race :—Coriua, scratch; Cynisca, 6min; Undine, 2min; Rogue, 4min; Tangaroa, 6min; Lottie, 10min.An excellent start was effected by Mr Reynolds, the Undine having slightly the advantage. The next to cross the line, with very little difference between them, were in their order, Corina, Rogue, Cynisca and Lottie. The Rogue was the only boat which carried a topsail. The Lottie commenced by working the southorn shore, and thereby gained some advantage, when she came about) on the starboard tack to stand over to the North Shore. The Rogue sailed well and gained on the Undine on the beat down the harbour. At twelve o’clock the Rogue, in the cruisers race, had rounded the mark boat and was half way back, while the other yachts were laying becalmed at the chequored buoy. The race resulted— Rogue, 2hr 44min, 1.
- Observer, Volume XV, Issue 892, 1 February 1896: The Corina won the Cruisers’ Eace easily, beating the Rogue and Undine badly, and showing them she can sail in a breeze at any rate. There was a very good breeze on Saturday for trying the yachts in the various races, and without doubt the best boats won in nearly every case.
- Observer, Volume XV, Issue 893, 8 February 1896: The Rogue had a very easy win in the Cruisers’ Race, beating the other boats out of sight.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVII, Issue 253, 31 October 1896, Page 2: AQUATICS—Mr Wilkinson… is now the owner of the Rogue.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVII, Issue 289, 5 December 1896, Page 2: AQUATICS—The Mahaki scored another triumph last Saturday afernoon in the race for 2½ raters held held in the harbour by the North Shore Sailing Club. The course was from the Xantho’s moorings at Devonport, round the black buoy in Rangitoto Channel, round the Viking’s moorings, and thence to the red buoy at the Calliope Dock. The Mahaki, which was the scratch boat, won by four minutes, the Daisy (three minutes start) being second, the Mabel (three minutes) third, and the Rogue (six minutes) fourth. The Mabel finished half a minute after the Daisy.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10319, 19 December 1896: Cruiser’s Race: This is a handicap event, and if there is anything like a breeze Cooee should win, with Yum Yum second. If the wind is at all light the Carina and Rogue have the best show for first and second places.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10320, 21 December 1896: PONSONBY REGATTA.
Open Cruisers’ Race (Handicap).—First prize, hand sewing machine, value £4 4s, presented by W. A. Thompson and Co., Victoria-street, and £3 3s cash; second, trophy, value £2 2s,presented by Messrs. Hoffmann and Sons, Queen-street; third, steel engraving, value 15s, presented by Mr. J. Leech, Shortland-street. Course: From north side of flagship round mark boat off Sugar Works, thence round south side Viking’s moorings, thence round old chequered (now red) buoy in Rangitoto Channel, second buoy round North Head, back round south side of Viking’s mooring, thence round Sugar Works mark, thence round south side of Viking’s moorings, round Sugar Works mark and back to flagship, finishing on north side between a mark and the flagship, Distance, about 17½ miles. All rounding marks to be kept on starboard hand, keeping outside all fairway marks, and Bean Rock lighthouse. Rogue, W. A. Wilkinson; Cynisca, J. Roberts; Mavis, Captain H. Parker; Cooee, R. Dacre; Toroa, T. C. Clarke; Undine, Macklow Bros.; Corina, M. T. George and C. Kissling; Yum Yum, D. Carter and others. At the start the wind was blowing a true northerly breeze, of whole sail strength, thus giving a good deal of leading. This was a handicap event, and a very pretty one. Corina and Yum Yum toed the mark closest, and a good race between the leaders ensued up to the Chelsea mark, which was rounded, first by the Corina, which, however, was displaced by Yum Yum making a sharper turn. The order passing the flagship to Viking’s moorings was Yum Yum, Corina, Undine, Cooee, Cynisca, Rogue, Toroa, Mavis. After rounding Viking’s moorings sheets were flattened out for a beat against a loppy sea and flood tide to the chequered buoy in Rangitoto Channel. Cooeo, in the jump, footed away slightly from Yum N Yum, which was sailing well, Corina being her nearest attendant, but some distance astern, having had bad luck in setting her mainsail halliards up. The outer mark was rounded by Cooee about one minute ahead of Yum Yum. Spinnakers were smartly set on the leading yachts, and they romped along with the favouring breeze and tide for Viking’s moorings, Cooee got away slightly, being the largest boat in the race. . The race finished by the Cooee passing the flagship about three minutes ahead of Yum Yum. The latter, however, takes the prize on time allowance (9m.) and Corina the second prize. During the race the Rogue unfortunately carried away her peak halliards, which necessitated her lowering all sail, and put her last. Matters, however, were soon fixed up, and she continued the race, picking up a great deal of the lost time, and enabling her to finish fourth.
Observer, Volume XVI, Issue 939, 26 December 1896, Page 5: The Ponsonby Regatta of 1896 has now to be reckoned as a thing of the past but amongst yachting men it will long live as a red-letter day in their history. Perhaps no aquatic function which has taken place on the Waitemata was blessed with better weather, from a yachtsman’s idea, than that which favoured the western suburb’s carnival. The wind was northerly, strong and steady, and gave the 6 yachts and crews a good chance of competing under fair conditions. There was an absence of ‘flukes’ as far as the wind was concerned, and, on the day, I have no doubt but that the best boats won. …. The Open Cruisers’ Race was won by the Cooee, but on time allowance the Yum Yum takes the prize, Corrinna third. The Rogue had the misfortune to carry away her peak halyards in this race, and was therefore out of it.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10341, 16 January 1897: NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The second series of races held under the auspices of the North Shore Sailing Club, took place on Saturday afternoon last, the first race was for yachts over 30 feet overall. The prizes were: First, £2; second, 10s; also, to count for a trophy presented by Mr. Alexander Alison, commodore. The starters were: Mahaki, scratch; Ngaru, 4m.; Zinita, 5m.; Mabel, 10m.; Rogue, 12m. The course was from flagship, keeping outside Sandspit buoy, round black buoy at Rangitoto Reef, thence inside Viking’s moorings, thence round outer red buoy (conical) off Calliope Dock, and finish across starting line. Mr. W. Oliver was the starter, and Mr. H. Oliver, umpire. Mahaki, unfortunately, sprung her mast just after the start, and was compelled to retire, The result was: Zinita, 5h. 21m.; Mabel, 5h. 22m. 30s.; Rogue, 5h. 23m.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 24, 29 January 1897, Page 5: ANNIVERSARY DAY— SIXTH RACE. All-Comers Sailing Handicap (excluding trading vessels), first prize, £15; second prize, £10; third prize, £5. Course, same as race 4 [From south side of flagship round mark boat off Rangitoto Reef, thence round mark boat between Brown’s Island and Motuihi, thence round mark boat off Sugar Works, then round mark boat between Brown’s Island and Motuihi, finishing south side of flagship. 28 miles]. Entries: Awatea, A. T. Pettar; Rogue, W. Wilkinson; Yum Yum, D. Carter; Foam, A. Beven; Undine, Macklow Bros; Lilian, W. Duder; Corinna, I. George; Waimarie, J. Quinn.This race produced the best field of the day, all starting except the Foam. The boats were all reefed down, the Rogue having two reefs and carrying a small jib. The Lilian got the best of a very even start: the Awatea had the windward position, but astern of the others, while the Rogue was farthest to leeward. The Lilian’s first board on the port tack was a very shorb one, as she went about when off St. George’s Bay, and stood close-hauled on the other tack across to the North Shore. The Yum Yum, which was carrying only one head-sail, was the next to go about, followed by the Rogue. The others still kept on the port tack, a considerable distance further than the three abovenamed. The rest of the beat down the harbour was obscured from the view of those on the flagship owing to the driving rain. The Holen led on the return run home, passing the flagship on the run up the harbour at 12.26 p.m.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 38, 15 February 1897, Page 2: The third series of sailing races held by the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon.… The race for 30-footers resulted in an easy win for the Rogue (15min), with the Daisy (8min) second and the Mabel (10min) third. The next races will take place in about three weeks’ time.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 49, 1 March 1897, Page 3: The fourth and last series of races in connection with the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon, when some very interesting contests were witnessed. A strong north-easterly wind was blowing in the harbour. The finish of the first-class yacht race was very close, only 15sec separating the first two boats. The Mabel (6min) was first, her time being 4hrs 45min 25sec, and the Zinita (scratch) second, in 4hrs 45min 40sec, and the Rogue (8min), 3, in 4hrs 50min. The Daisy, the only other starter, finished 2min behind the Rogue.… By her win on Saturday the Mabel secures the Commodore’s trophy for first-class yachts, with a total of seven points; the Rogue and the Zinita tying for second place with five points.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 278, 30 November 1897, Page 5: The first races of the season of the North Shore Sailing Club were held on Saturday afternoon. The results of the races were as follow :—Yachts over 30 feet overall; Meteor, 1; Rogue, 2; Lady Wilma, 3. The other starters were Thetis, Mahaki, Zinita, and Mabel.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 282, 4 December 1897, Page 5: PONSONBY REGATTA—THE YACHT RACES. In the race for cruising yachts there were six starters. The Rogue had the best of the start, followed by the Corinna, the Yum-Yum being third. These positions were maintained on the run down the harbour. The Aileen was last at this stage of the race.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 283, 6 December 1897, Page 2: PONSONBY ANNUAL REGATTA— The Ponsonby Regatta, held on Saturday afternoon, passed off most successfully. The decks of the flagship Wakatere were crowded with spectators, while all the points of vantage round the harbour were well filled with sightseers. The arrangements for the various races were well carried out by the committee, who also ably attended to the comfort of the visitors to the flagship. In the early part of the afternoon the wind was light and variable, but towards evening it increased to a fair breeze from the south-west, enabling the yacht races to finish in fair time.… The following are the results:—Cruisers.—First prize, £5 5s and picture. Course: From north side of flagship round mark boat off Sugarworks, thence round south side of Viking’s moorings, thence round old chequered (now red) buoy in Rangitoto Channel (second buoy round North Head) back round south side of Viking’s moorings, round Sugarworks mark, thence round south side of Viking’s moorings, round Sugarworks mark and back to flagship, finishing on north side between a mark and the flagship. Distance about 17½ miles. All rounding marks to be kept on starboard hand, keeping outside all fairway marks and Bean Rock Lighthouse. The boats got well away together, and were well bunched in passing the mark buoy in Rangitoto Channel. Rounding the Sugarworks buoy the Corinna was in front with the others following closely behind. The Corinna finished first, the result being Corinna, 5hrs 24min 11sec; Rogue, 5hrs 24min 23sec; Yum Yum, 5hrs 25min 15sec. On her time allowance the Rogue takes the first place.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 295, 20 December 1897: … The North Shore Sailing Club held their second series of races on Saturday afternoon. Four races were sailed, and the handicapping was excellent, all the finishes proving very interesting. The handicaps were taken at the start. Captain D. Parker acted as judge and starter. The following are the results of the races : — First Class. —Yachts over 30ft overall. Course : From flagship, keeping outside Sandspit buoy, round black buoy at Rangitoto Reef, thence inside Viking’s moorings, thence round outer buoy off Calliope Dock, finishing at starting point. The handicaps were : —Thetis, scratch ; Lady Wihna, 5min ; Ngaru, 7min; Zinita, 7min; Mahaki, 7min; Mabel, 12min; Rogue, 12min; Undine, 12min. The boats were got away well in time, the Zinita taking the lead on the run down to the North Head. The Lady Wilma and Rogue stood too far over to the South shore, and thus spoilt their chance of winning. The Thetis in coming up the channel was so far to leeward that she dropped out off the Devonport Wharf. The Mabel had the best of the lead to the Viking’s moorings, which were rounded by her 25secs ahead of the Mahaki, the Zinita following about 20secs after. On the run to the Calliope buoy the Mahaki blanketed the Mabel, but on rounding the buoy the Mabel, which was very skilfully handled, took the lead again, and passed the finishing post a length ahead of the Mahaki, the Zinita being two lengths behind. The official times were : —Mabel, 4hr 37min ; Mahaki, 4hr 37min 5sec ; Zinita, 4hr 37min l0sec ; Lady Wilma, 4hr 39min 30sec ; Undine, 4hr 41min 50sec ; Rogue, 4hr 45min.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 298, 23 December 1897: PONSONBY ANNUAL REGATTA. The Ponsonby Regatta, held on Saturday, Dec. 4, passed off most successfully. The following are the results : — Cruisers.—First prize, £5 5s and picture. Corinna, 5hrs 24min 11sec; Rogue, 5hrs 24min 23sec; Yum Yum, 5hrs 25min lsec. On her time allowance the Rogue takes the first place.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10652, 17 January 1898: AQUATICS. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The third series of races under the auspices of the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon last at the North Shore, The yacht Zantho was the flagship. Captain Parker officiated as starter, and Mr. D. Miller as umpire and time-keeper. There was a strong breeze blowing from the southward, but it proved very flukey at times during the progress of the races. The entries for yachts over 30 feet overall were Ladye Wilma, scratch, Ngaru 5m., Zinita 7m., Mahaki 7m., Mabel 12m., Undine 13m., Rogue 15m., Poneke 18m. Course: From flagship, keeping outside Sandspit buoy and Bean Rock Lighthouse, round black buoy at Rangitoto Reef; thence inside Southern Cross; thence round outer red buoy (conical) off Calliope Dock, and finish across starting line. Mahaki did not start and the others all got away well to time, with the exception of Undine, which was about a minute behind time. The yachts went off on the run down to the buoy off Rangitoto Reef at a rattling pace. Rogue was first round, closely followed by Poneke, Zinita picking up a good deal in the strong breeze. On the lead up to Bean Rook Rogue and Poneke kept pretty even, Zinita holding a good wind and coming up rapidly on them. Mabel, Undine, and Lady Wilma kept well in on the North Shore side, the others being well out. Just below the Bean Rock Rogue and Poneke went about, continuing further over before making a board. Off the North Head Mabel came about, but was a long way to leeward. A little dodging took place at this point between all the boats, but Zinita had all the best of it, and when alongside the others, in making several short boards, always forged ahead, taking windward position each time. Ladye Wilma kept well over to the southern shore, and pulled up a good deal on the other boats. Up to the mission yacht Southern Cross it was seen that Zinita had it all her own way, and she finished an easy winner in front of Mabel.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 14, 18 January 1898: NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The third series of races held by the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon. Captain Parker acted as starter, and Mr D. Miller as umpire and time-keeper. There was a south-westerly breeze blowing during the afternoon, but it proved very flukey, dying away, and springing up strongly again. For 30-footers tbe entries and handicaps were: Ladye Wilma, scratch; Nguru, 5m; Zinita, 7m; Mahaki, 7m; Mabel,—; Undine, 13m; Rogue, 15m; Poneke, 18m. Course, from flagship, keeping outside Sandspit buoy and Bean Rock lighthouse, round black buoy at Rangitoto Reef; thence inside Southern Cross, thence round outer red buoy off Calliope Dock, and finish across starting line. Mahaki did not start, and the others got away well to time with the exception of the Undine, which was several minutes late in starting. Tbe Rogue was first round the Rangitoto Reef buoy, and was closely followed by the Poneke. On the lead to the Bean Rock the Rogue and the Poneke kept well together, the Zinita hauling up next. The Mabel, Undine, and Ladye Wilma kept well into the North Shore side, the others remaining well out. Off the North Head the Zinita overhauled the others, and, coming away, won easily from the Mabel, which took second place.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10682, 21 February 1898: AQUATICS. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The fourth of the series of races of the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon. The starters and handicaps were as follow Ladye Wilma (scratch), Meteor (scr.), Zinita, (7 m.), Mabel (9m.), Rogue (16m.), Poneke (20m.). The course was: From flagship, keeping outside Sandspit buoy and Bean Rock lighthouse, round black buoy at Rangitoto Reef; thence inside Southern Cross; thence round outer red buoy off Calliope Dock, and finish across starting lino. Captain H. Parker officiated as starter from the yacht Zantho. There was a fair southerly breeze blowing, although it was somewhat flukey at times during the progress of the race. The boats were all got away to fairly good time, though the Meteor made a bad start of it, being somewhat behind Ladye Wilma at the time of starting. On the run down to Rangitoto, Zinita picked up a bit on those in advance, but Poneke was first round, followed by Rogue, Mabel, and Zinita. Ladye Wilma still led Meteor down to the buoy, about the same distance separating them as at the start. Poneke, Rogue, and Mabel made over to the North Shore side, but Zinita continued somewhat further along the Rangitoto shore, and on the board across gained a good advantage. Poneke and Rogue kept closer in to the North Shore side than any of the others. After rounding the buoy, Ladye Wilma and Meteor continued for a long distance on the Rangitoto side before going about, there being little or no difference in the positions up to this time. On the boat up, however, Ladye Wilma gradually drew ahead, and by the time the North Head was reached had assumed a long lead. Poneke was the first to show past the North Head, with Rogue and Zinita in close attendance, and Mabel next. Poneke continued well over to the southern shore before going about, and lost a good deal of ground by so doing. On the lead up to the Southern Gross, Zinita and Rogue did a bit of “jockeying” for windward position, but the former gradually improved, and drew away very fast. Mabel and Ladye Wilma had come up from the North Head without making a board across, as the others had done, the latter sailing remarkably well. The finish was an exciting one between Zinita and Rogue, the result being:- Zinita, 4h. 34m. 30s.; Rogue, 4h. 34m. 35s.; Ladye Wilma, 4h. 36m.; Poneke, 4h. 36m. 15s.; Mabel, 4h. 57m. 15s. By this win the Zinita takes the commodore’s prize.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10728, 15 April 1898, Supplement, Page 3: The general handicap race of the yachts of the North Shore Sailing Club, for the cup presented by Mr. J. Dunning, took place on March 26. Seventeen yachts entered. The finish was:— Ladye Wilma, 4h. 27m. 35s.; Zinito. 4h. 31m. 55s.; Mahaki, 4h. 32m. 50s.; Ngaru, 4h. 33m. 20s.; Rogue, 4h. 39m. 40s.: Undine, 4h. 39m. 45s.; Mavis, 4h. 44m. 55s. Edna, 4h. 49m. The others did not finish. Mavis takes the prize on time allowance, with Edna second, and Rogue third.
- Evening Post, Volume LVI, Issue 85, 7 October 1898, Page 6: YACHT. “YACHT Rogue, 2½-rater, will be withdrawn from sale if not sold by Saturday, 8th October. T. J. Thompson, Ironmonger, 60, Cuba-street
- Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 293, 12 December 1898: NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. On Saturday afternoon the first of the season’s yacht races in connection with the North Shore Sailing Club were held in the harbour, Mr H. Barker acting as starter and umpire, and Mr W. E. Bennett as time-keeper. … The second-class yacht race was won by the Rogue, the Mavis being second, and Daisy fourth.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10933, 12 December 1898: AQUATICS. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The first of the season’s races of the North Shore Sailing Club took place on Saturday afternoon, and proved very successful, the various events being keenly contested throughout, the finishes in each race being very close. The Devonport Steam Ferry Co. very kindly placed their steamer Durham at the disposal of the club as flagship, and on board of her were Captain H. Parker (starter and umpire), Mr. W. E. Bennett (timekeeper), assisted by Mr. H. Oliver, besides a number of other gentlemen. A good deal of interest was taken in the afternoon’s sport, a large crowd assembling on the Victoria Wharf, Victoria, and other points of vantage. … The day was a very good one for sailing, there being a strong breeze from the northeast all the time, and gave every opportunity for a good test of the sailing qualities of the boats. It has been decided that in future all races will be started half-an-hour later than the published time, this course being adopted out of consideration to yachtsmen at Ponsonby and Parnell, who find it somewhat difficult to get to the starting-post at the earlier hour. The following are the particulars of the various events:
… Second-class: Yachts exceeding 25ft 1.w.1. First prize, £1; second, 10s; also to count for trophy presented by Mr. W. E. Bennett, vice-commodore. The entries and handicaps were:— scratch; Peri, lm.; Rogue, 4m.; Poneke, 7m.: May Bell, 7m.: Mavis, 8½m. Course: Same as first race. Peri and Poneke did not start. On the beat to the North Head, Daisy and Rogue working short boards out of the tide, gained considerably on the others, and clearing the head the latter had taken first place. The Rangitoto buoy was rounded in the following order: Rogue, Mavis, Daisy. On the run to the Hobson’s Bay mark, Rogue increased her lead, and Daisy caught up on Mavis, the latter’s leading jib outhaul carrying away. It was, however, smartly reset, and a good race ensued to the Calliope buoy, Rogue increasing her lead and eventually winning. Mavis and Daisy folded each other on tho line. The times were: Rogue. 4h. 6m, 305.; Mavis, 4h. 10m.: Daisy, 4h. 15m.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXX, Issue 27, 2 February 1899: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA. Mr T. KiLfoyle, owner of the Aorere, wrote protesting against an owner of one of the competing boats (Mr Wilkinson, owner of the Rogue) acting as handicapper. The writer considered that the handicap given the Aorere was a grossly unfair one, and held that such a proceeding was contrary to all rules of sport and fair dealing. It was decided to postpone further consideration of the above protests until the judge’s report was received.
- Auckland Weekly News, supplement, 10 February 1899, Page 5 (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-18990210-5-1):
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 10985, 13 February 1899: NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. SATURDAY’S RACING. WINS FOR ZINITA, ROGUE, FREAK AND RITA. There was hardly a breath of wind on Saturday afternoon at the time appointed for the starting of the second races of the season arranged by the North Shore Sailing Club but before long a nice southerly breeze picked up and held all the afternoon. Entries were small, but the racing was good. Mr J. Alexander acted both as starter and timekeeper. Particulars of the events are ; … Second Class. Yachts not exceeding 25′ 1.w.1. First prize, £1; second, 5s. To count for trophy presented by Mr. W. L. Bennett, vice-commodore. Course, as for first class. Out of five entries three competed. Mavis got the best of the start but was overhauled by Rogue near North Head and the latter soon left her two rivals. A great race ensued between Mavis and Edna for second place, and at the finish the difference in their times was only a matter of seconds. Rogue passed the line at 5h. 11m., Mavis at 5h. 17m.; and Edna, 5h. 17m. 45s.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXX, Issue 36, 13 February 1899: AQUATICS. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The North Shore Sailing Club held their second series of races of the season on Saturday afternoon. Mr J Alexander acted as starter and timekeeper. At the start there was almost a flat calm, but soon after a southerly breeze sprang up, lasting all the afternoon.
… Second class, not exceeding 25ft l.w.l–First prize £1, second 5/. To count for Vice-Commodore’s trophy. Course: same as first class. Mavis, Rogue, and Edna started. Mavis got away first at the start, but was passed by the Rogue off the North Head. The Rogue drew away from the others, and won easily. Mavis and Edna fought out a splendid finish’ for second place, Mavis winning by 45s. The times of finishing were: Rogue, 5h. 11m.; Mavis, 5h. 17m.; Edna, 5h. 17m. 45s.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXX, Issue 39, 16 February 1899: AUCKLAND ANNUAL REGATTA. FIFTH RACE. All-Comers’ Sailing Handicap (except trading vessels). —First prize, £15; second prize, £8; third prize, £2 and twelve cabinets presented by H. Whitnall Smith. Course: Same as Race No. 4, 24 miles. Entries: Corina (Geo. Kissling), Rogue (W. A. Wilkinson), Yum Yum (D. N. Carter), Huia (Seager Bros), Aorere (T. Kilfoyle), Tangaroa (C. Kay). The Rogue won this race on time allowance, but a dispute about the handicaps has arisen.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11236, 4 December 1899: AQUATICS. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The North Shore Sailing Club inaugurated its fifth season on Saturday last, and the popularity of this club is evidently still on the increase, judging by the large number of entries in each class. It is particularly pleasing to see boat-owners supporting this club, as it was the pioneer here in catering for the racing boat-owners in the smaller classes. Mr. R. S. Reynolds was starter, and acted in the absence of Mr. Bennett, vicecommodore, as timekeeper, Mr. J. Alexander being umpire. A strong W.S.W. breeze was blowing during the afternoon, and although perhaps a little more wet than pleasant for the smaller classes, the wind was steady and the racing in most of the classes was very good. The following are the particulars of the racing:— Class II. (not exceeding 25ft 1.w.1.) The entries and handicaps were: Tangaroa, scratch; Rogue, 2min.: Ofa, 2m.; Mavis, 4m.: Ehoa, 5m. Course: From flagship round black buoy at Rangitoto reef, thence round mark-boat off Hobson’s Bay. thence round red buoy off Calliope Dock, finishing at flagship. Tangaroa, Rogue, and Ofa were the only starters. Although losing considerable time at the start, Rogue, aided by her very lenient handicap, had no difficulty in winning by seven minutes, Ofa and Tangaroa having a great fight for second place. The finish was: Rogue, 4h. 30m.: Tangaroa, 4h. 37m.; Ofa, 4h. 37m. 25s.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXX, Issue 287, 4 December 1899: AQUATICS. … NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB. The North Shore Sailing Club opened its fifth season on Saturday afternoon, with a number of class races. The races resulted as follows:— Class II. (not exceeding 25ft l.w.l).—The entries were: Tangaroa scratch, Rogue 2m, Ofa 2m, Mavis 4m, Ehoa 5m. Tangaroa, Rogue and Ofa were the only starters. Rogue won easily by 7m, Ofa and Tangaroa having a great fight for second place. The finish was: Rogue 4h 30m; Tangaroa, 4h 37m; Ofa, 4h 37m 25s.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11424, 14 July 1900, Page 7: AQUATICS…. NORTH SHORE SAILING CLUB…. The chairman (Mr. A. Alison) then presented the trophies won during the season, as follows: —Second class, silver cup, presented by Mr. W. E. Bennett, vice-commodore, won by Mr. W. A. Wilkinson’s Rogue; … general handicap…; second prize, pair of binoculars, presented by Mr. Dunning, won by Mr. Wilkinson’s Rogue.
- Inventory and Particulars of Yacht ‘ROGUE,’
Length overall, 34ft. 6in. L.w.l. 24ft. 6in. Beam, 7ft, Draught, 5ft. 9in. Lead on keel, 2¼ tons; inside, ½ a ton.
Strongly built of kauri, with three skins, two ¼in. diagonals, ¾in. fore and aft, copper fastened throughout. Built by C. Bailey, Jr., builder of BONA, METEOR, LAUREL. etc.
Flush deck, with cockpit, sliding companion, skylight and fore-hatch. Cabin 14ft long, 4ft headroom, 4 bunks and cushions for same, lockers underneath, fo’castle 5ft, with dresser for crockery and stores, also separate lockers for clothes, blankets, sails, cooking utensils, oilskins, etc.
Pole mast and spars of Oregon pine. Blocks patent, iron stropped. Standing and running rigging best quality, and in first class order.
Sails consist of mainsail, staysail, jib, topsail, storm jib, leading jib, and spinnaker, all in good order. Extra heavy moorings and chain, 15 fathoms, anchors, warps, spare racing gear, swing table, stove, lamp, water jar, mainsail cover, covers for cushions, etc., etc.
Winner of Cruiser’s race Ponsonby Regatta, Dec. 1898; Auckland Annual Regatta, Jan. 1899; North Shore Sailing Club’s races Jan. 15, Dec. 10, 1898, Feb. 18, Dec. 2, 1899; also N. S. Sailing Club’s Trophies for highest points in class, Seasons 1899 and 1900.
For Photos. and further particulars apply to—.
W. A. WILKINSON, 177 Queen St., Auckland.
- New Zealand Times, Volume LXXI, Issue 4177, 12 October 1900, Page 2: YACHTING. A gentleman who at one time took an active interest in yachting, but who had abandoned that pursuit for some seasons past, has purchased the Auckland yacht Rogue, of 2½ rating, and intends following up his hobby in Wellington during the approaching season. The Rogue is expected to arrive here in time for the opening of the season next month.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11502, 13 October 1900, Page 7: AQUATICS. The well-known 2½ -rater Rogue, built by Mr. C. Bailey, and for some time past owned by Mr. W. A. Wilkinson, has been sold to a Wellington yachtsman who paid a flying visit to Auckland last week to inspect her. She is to be shipped by the Elingamite on Tuesday next. During the past three or four years, in addition to several seconds and thirds, the Rogue has won the following:—Cruisers’ race, Ponsonby Regatta, December 1897; Allcomers race, Annual Regatta, January 1899; North Shore Sailing Club’s races, January 15, December 10, 1898; February 18, December 2, 1899; also the North Shore Sailing Club’s trophies for highest points in class for seasons 1899 and 1900. This is a very creditable record, and we hope she will be as successful in her new home.
- Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 91, 15 October 1900, Page 4: An addition is about to be made to Wellington’s yachting fleet. Mr. R. C. Renner and an equally-well known aquatic enthusiast have purchased the Rogue, a two and a-half rater built in Auckland by Bailey Bros. about five years ago, and she will arrive in Wellington on board the Elingamite on Friday. The Rogue, which is very similar in appearance to the Wellington yacht Mahina, was built for cruising purposes, but she has a good turn of speed, and may be expected to give an excellent account of herself when placed in racing trim. The dimensions of the vessel are:— Length on water-line, 24ft; length overall, 34ft; beam, 7ft; draught, 5ft 9in. Her complement of lead, ballast (inside and outside) is nearly three tons.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 146, 16 October 1900: The well-known 30 foot yacht Rogue has been sold to a Wellington yachtsman, and was shipped by the s.s. Elingamite to-day.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 150, 20 October 1900, Supplement: AQUATICS—The s.s. Elingamite, which left for the South on Wednesday last, took the 21/2 rater yacht Rogue, which has been purchased by a Wellington yachtsman, Mr Renner. The Rogue was built by Mr C Bailey, and for the past three or four years has been owned by Mr W. A. Wilkinson, during which time she has won the following races:—Cruisers’ Race, Ponsonby Regatta, December, 1897; All-Comers’ Race, Annual Regatta, January, 1899; North Shore Sailing Club’s races, January 13, December 10, 1898, February 18, December 2, 1899; also N.S. Sailing Club’s Trophies for highest points in class for seasons 1899 and 1900. This is a very fair record, and we hope she will be as successful in her new home where she will take part in the races of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
- Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 96, 20 October 1900, Page 4: The yacht Rogue, which has been purchased by a Wellington syndicate, arrived from Auckland by the Elingamite yesterday afternoon. The little craft, which is built on very shapely lines, will be placed in commission next week.
- Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 96, 20 October 1900, Supplement: AQUATICS—During the past three or four years the 2½-rater Rogue (which has been purchased by two well known Wellington yachtsman) has won the following events:—Cruisers’ Race, Ponsonby Regatta, December, 1897; Allcomers’ Race, Annual Regatta, January, 1899; North Shore Sailing Club’s Races, 15th January, 10th December, 1898, 18th February, 2nd December, 1899 ; also the North Shore Sailing Club’s trophies for highest points in class for seasons 1899 and 1900. She has also several seconds and thirds to her credit.
- New Zealand Times, Volume LXXI, Issue 4184, 20 October 1900, Page 6: Another addition to Wellington’s yachting fleet arrived from Auckland by the Elingamite yesterday in the Auckland-built yacht Rogue, of 2½ rating. The craft has been purchased by Mr R. C. Renner, who has ever taken a keen interest in the sport. She is a prepossessing smooth-skin craft, constructed on graceful lines, with a handsome clipper bow. The Rogue will be placed in the water this morning, and an immediate start will be made to rig her in order that she may be ready for the coming season, which opens very shortly.
- Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 127, 26 November 1900, Page 5: ARAWA SAILING CLUB. On Saturday afternoon the Arawa Sailing Club opened its season under favourable circumstances, the weather being all that could be desired. There was not a good representation of the club’s fleet, less than a dozen boats turning out. The boats sailed up between the southern end of the Queen’s Wharf and the Rowing Clubs’ sheds, and at 3 o’clock a procession was formed, the Vice-Commodore (Mr. R. C. Renner) being in the van with the Muritai (formerly the Rogue, recently brought from Auckland). The boats sailed past the wharf in single file and returned in double line, after which they saluted the Rear-Commodore, whose boat had been anchored off Jervois-quay.
- Evening Post, Volume LXI, Issue 18, 22 January 1901, Page 5: The Port Nicholson Yacht Club is being favoured with good weather for its annual regatta today. At an early hour there was a prospect that the races would have to be postponed on account of the absence of wind. Just, however, before the hour fixed for the start of the first race a breeze from the northward sprang up, and the club has been able to carry out all its arrangements. More wind would be appreciated, but still there is enough to enable all the boats to give fair evidence of their sailing capabilities.…Second-class Yachts (rating), open to yachts of 2½ rating and under 5 rating. First prize, £5; second, £2 10s. Course — From the Queen’s Wharf, round the Hope Shoal buoy and the Korokoro buoy, and back to the starting point. The following boats started:— Mr. A. H. Turnbull’s Rona, 4.9 tons, scratch; Mr. J. H. O. Schwartz’s Atalanta, 4.6 tons, 28 seconds allowance; Messrs. Johnson and Co.’s Siren, 3.5 tons, 2min 33sec; Messrs. F. W. Petherick and Co.’s Kotiri, 3.2 tons, 3min 16sec; Dr. Fell’s Mahina, 3.2 tons, 3min 16sec; Mr. R. C. Renner’s Muritai (late Rogue), 3.1 tons, 3min 32sec; Messrs. A. Penty and Co.’s Mawhiti, 2.7 tons, 4min 40sec; Messrs. Moffatt and Seager’s Kotuku, 2.5 tons, 5min 19sec.The start was a very pretty one. In fact, a prettier sight from a yacht-racing point of view has never been seen in Wellington before. The Rona, with her owner at the tiller, and the Mawhiti and the Kotiri, in charge of Mr. Moore and Mr. F. Petherick respectively, crossed the line about the same time, all the others being close up. Atalanta was sailed by Mr. McComish, Siren by Dr. Fell, Muritai by her owner, and Kotuku by Mr. Moffatt. Just after the start Atalanta hoisted a balloon jib and walked right away from the other competitors. She maintained her lead throughout, and came in a winner in fine style. Siren wins second prize, Rona taking third place. The finishing times were as follow :— Atalanta, 12hr 23min 36sec; Siren, 12hr -23min 36sec ; Mahina, 12hr 25inin 29sec ; Rona, 12hr 27min 21sec ; Kotiri, 12hr 27min 38sec ; Mawhiti, 12hr 28min 58sec ; Kotuku, 12hr 29min 63sec. The Muritai did not complete the course.…The second race for second-class boats was started at 2.30. The handicaps were declared on the rating system, and were of course the same as in the first race. This really was the best start of the day, all the boats getting away well together, Muritai being in the van.
- Free Lance, Volume I, Issue 31, 2 February 1901, Page 17: Mr. Renner has altered the name of his yacht to the Muritai — after the settlement of that name across Day’s Bay way — he considering The Rogue to have been too appropriate for her.
- Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 221, 28 September 1901, Page 4: The annual report of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club states that there are now 81 members on the register, and that the club’s fleet consists of twelve boats, two of which—the Rainbow, 6.9 rating, and the Muritai, 3.1 rating—were added during the year.
- Free Lance, Volume II, Issue 84, 8 February 1902, Page 19: Yachting—The Yacht Club’s regatta was continued on Saturday, and the moderate breeze which blew afforded excellent sailing weather. lorangi beat the Waitangi by 3min 9sec in first-class handicap, and thus bore off the Mills Memorial Cup. Mr A H. Turnbull sailed the winner, with admirable judgment. Rainbow was third and Maritana a poor fourth.Petherick and Co.’s Kotiri won, on time allowance, the race for second-class yachts and thus holds the Levin Memorial Cup. Siren started from scratch, and finished 1min 24sec ahead of the winner. Atalanta, Muritai and Jennie Reid were third, fourth, and fifth.
- Evening Post, Volume LXVI, Issue 94, 17 October 1903, Page 7: At the annual meeting of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, officers were elected as follows:— … Rear-Commodore, Mr. R. C Renner…. Last season’s trophies were presented as follows ;— … Second-class Yachts: … Mr R. C. Renner’s Muritai (the Secretary’s trophy)….
- Evening Post, Volume LXVII, Issue 18, 22 January 1904, Page 6: The Port Nicholson Yacht Club is being favoured with suitable weather for its annual regatta to-day. Although the sky is overcast, the water in the harbour is smooth, and a fine fresh southerly breeze enabling the competing boats to give a good account of themselves….Second-class Yachts (rating). Open to yachts of 25ft L.R. and under 36ft. Course: From the Queen’s Wharf, round the buoys at Korokoro and Ward Island and back to the wharf (once round). — First prize, £7 10s and Vice-Commodore Georgeson’s trophy; second prize, trophy. — The competing boats and their handicaps were: Mr. W. H. Halcn’s Atalanta, 34.0 rating, scratch; Messrs. W. Johnson and Co.’s Siren, 31.3 rating, 3min 15sec ; Dr. Fell’s Mahina, 28.0 rating, 8min 43sec; Messrs. R. C. Renner and Co.’s Muritai, 26.2 rating, 12min 17sec.All the yachts, which were under lower canvas, got away in fine style. The Atalanta was a bit sluggish, and she did not show to the same advantage as she did in former years. She was, however, well handled by her owner. On the run down to the Korokoro buoy the Mahina, which was in capital trim and was splendidly handled by Dr Fell, overhauled the Muritai, which had had a start of over three minutes. On the beat up to the Ward Island Bay Mahina showed fine weathering qualities, and she was the first of the quartette to reach home. Tho race resulted as follows:— Mahina (1hr 16min) 1; Siren (1hr 23min) 2; Muritai (1hr 24min) 3; Atalanta (1hr 42min) 4. It will be seen that although the Mahina beat the Siren by seven minutes, there was only one minute between the latter boat and the Muritai. The Siren returned with her mainsail split. Atalanta was never in the race.…In this morning’s race there was a luffing match near Point Halswell between the Muritai and the Siren, with the result that the Siren’s mainsail was torn. The Muritai has entered a protest against the Siren. As we go to press the second races for the yachts which sailed this morning are taking place. The handicaps for the second-class race are:— Mahina and Siren, scratch; Atalanta, 10min; Muritai, 12min. Siren did not start. The race is expected to finish about 5 o’clock.
- Evening Post, Volume LXIX, Issue 12, 16 January 1905, Page 6: The yacht Muritai which has been cruising in the Sounds arrived back this afternoon.
- Evening Post, Volume LXIX, Issue 18, 23 January 1905, Page 6: Ever since its formation the Port Nicholson Yacht Club has started and finished its annual regatta in the vicinity of the wharves on the city water-front. This year the club has made a departure by holding its regatta at Lowry Bay, the favourite rendevzous of yachtsman for a great many years…. Messrs D Georgeson and Co’s Waitangi… later in the day… competed against… Mr E Bucholz’s Muritai in a general handicap race… in progress as we went to print.
- Evening Post, Volume LXIX, Issue 19, 24 January 1905, Page 2: The Port Nicholson Yacht Club was favoured with perfect weather for its annual regatta, which was held yesterday…. General Handicap;… Mr E P B Bucholz’s Muritai (20 min) 5hrs 5min, 3rd.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 121, 19 November 1906, Page 2: The Port Nicholson Yacht Club was favoured with an ideal day on Saturday for the first races of the season. The races wore started in front of the clubhouse, and were witnessed by a large number of people. The new system of starting the boats off together and adjusting the handicaps at the finish worked very satisfactorily. The race for first-class yachts was postponed owing to one of the boats not being ready. The entrants for the second-class were Swan and Tompsett’s Syren (scr), Petherick Bros.’s Kotiri (2 min). Dr. Fell’s Mahina (5 min), Hoggard and Co.’s Muritai (8min), and Martin and Hewitt’s Flora (15min). The start looked very pretty as the boats all got away together for the lead to Korokoro, the Mahina being first around that buoy, closely followed by the Syren, Kotiri, Flora, and Muritai in that order. On the beat to windward the Syren made the best time round the Halswell buoy first, with the Mahina and Kotiri 2min and 4min behind respectively. A good finish resulted, these three boats being well together. Tho finishing times were: Syren 4hr 43min, Mahina 4hr 45min 30sec, Kotiri 4hrs 47min 20sec, Muritai 4hr 57min, and Flora 5hr 1min. The Mahina therefore takes first prize (trophy by Rear-Commodore E C E Mills), Syren second prize, and Kotiri third prize, the Flora being fourth and Muritai fifth.
- Marlborough Express, Volume XL, Issue 1, 2 January 1907, Page 1: NEW YEAR’S DAY AT PICTON… The decline of yachting at Picton, too, is a regrettable effect of the craze for the motor-launch. Only three yachts could be enticed from their moorings to climb the northerly zephyr to Mabel Island and run back before it. The fashion will change again, for the seamanship required to race a sailer must win admiration and support.… Handicap Sailing Race, twice round Mabel Island. ——’s Muritai, Wellington (scr) 1, Greensill’s Te Rangi Pai, Picton (30min) 2, Swan’s Cyren, Wellington (5min),.3.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXIII, Issue 30, 5 February 1907, Page 8: YACHTING—ANNIVERSARY REGATTA RACES. The Port Nicholson Yacht Club decided on Saturday 2nd and 3rd class yacht races and coal hulks boats event which were postponed from Anniversary Day. An ideal south south-west sailing breeze prevailed. The following boats entered for the second-class event: — Syren (Swan and Tompsett), scr; Atalanta (W. H. Hales) 4min; Mahina (Dr. W. Fell), 5min; Kotiri (Petherick Bros.), 5min; Mawhiti (B. Clarke), 7min; Muritai (Hoggard and Co.), 10min; Wairere (Scott and Smith), 8min; Janet (Dr. R. H. Makgill), 8min; Nancy Stair (J. Davies), 8min; Flora (H. Hewitt), 18min. All started except the Kotiri. A good start was effected from which the Syren soon took the lead with the Janet close behind. The Korokoro buoy was rounded in fine style, the boats being well together, but on the beat to Hope Shoal buoy, they became separated into two bunches. The Syren still held the lead, followed closely by the Janet, Mahina, and Atalanta. The others were having a race by themselves a few minutes in the rear. The Syren rounded Hope Shoal first, with the Janet still clinging to her, and arrived home first followed by the Janet a minute later; with the Atalanta third, and Mahina fourth. With her time allowance of 3min the Janet takes first prize of £5, the Syren takes £2 10s as second prize, and the Mahina £1 as third prize. The finishing times were — Syren 5 hours 4min 15sec, Janet 5 hours 15sec, Atalanta 5 hours 9min 15sec, Mahina 5 hours 10min, Wairere 5 hours 21 min, Nancy Stair 5 hours 22min 15sec, Muritai 5 hours 23min, Mawhiti 5 hours 25min 45sec, and Flora 5 hours 29min.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 76, 26 September 1907, Page 2: YACHTING—THE PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. In presenting its twenty-fourth annual report and balance-sheet, the committee of the Port Nicholson Yachting Club states that the total membership of the club is as follows:— Eighty-seven ordinary, twenty-one junior, two lady, twelve honorary life, and ten supernumary members. The past season has been the most successful one for many years. The second-class now consists of eleven yachts. The committee regrets to report that that first-class yacht racing of late years has not been the success it should be. During the season overtures were made to the Thorndon Yacht Club with a view of taking over the club House. The Commodore agreed to advance the money upon certain conditions, which, however, were not accepted by the members at a general meeting held on the 26th February, 1907. There is no doubt that the time has now arrived when the Port Nicholson Yacht Club should have a club house of its own, and it is to be regretted very much that the matter was allowed to drop at this stage. Cruises to the Sounds, etc., were made by the yachts Kotiri, Waitangi, Muritai, Mawhiti, and Syren, which proved most enjoyable to those concerned.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 15, 12 October 1907, Page 9: Under the PNYC’s rules the Committee has the power to classify the yachts for club handicap races into classes irrespective of size, etc. This power should be exercised, and as a result I feel sure that more interesting club races would be witnessed than the boat races that are seen in the second and third classes at the present time. The first-class would also be benefited by such a scheme as this, and it sorely needs it. I will go so far as to suggest what classes the different yachts should be classified into. An even first-class would be the Waitangi, lorangi, Ngaira, and Syren. With good handicapping interesting races would result with these four yachts. The second-class to be as follows:—Hahina, Atalanta, Janet, Kotiri, Wairere, Petrel, Muritai, Nancy Stair, and Taipare. This would be a fine even class, and would not require much handicapping. The balance of the yachts to be classified as third-class.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 92, 15 October 1907, Page 8: PORT NICHOLSON YACHT CLUB. MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE. OPENING THE SEASON. A meeting of the Management Committee of the P.N.Y.C. was held last evening in the secretary’s office.… It was finally decided to open the yachting Season (in conjunction with the Port Nicholson Motor Boat Club) on the King’s Birthday. The yachts and launches will muster at the Queen’s Wharf in the morning, when a series of manoeuvres will be gone through. The fleet will then adjourn to Somes Island, where a picnic will be held. Efforts will be made to charter a steamer to convey members and their friends to the island, and it is proposed to give each member three steamer tickets. On the motion of Mr. McKeegan, seconded by Mr. McLean, it was decided to recommend the club to adopt the new international mode of rating for yachts which has been adopted by the yacht clubs in England and Europe for a period of ten years. For club handicap races the yachts of Wellington were classified as follows:— First-class — lorangi, Waitangi, Ngaira, and Syren. Second-class — Atalanta, Mahina, Wairere, Janet, Petrel, Kotiri, Muritai, Nancy Btair, Taiparo, Patronus, White Wings, and Viking. Third-class — Malua, Karaka, Mahaki, May, Ibex, Nelson’s, Holmes’s, Wiiliams’s, Freeman’s, Huia, and Tui. Racing will begin on the 16th November, and will continue till March.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 21, 19 October 1907, Page 5: Messrs Hoggard and Patterson’s Muritai will also be launched to-day. The crew have put a great amount of work into their boat this year, having burned her off all over, and fitted new rigging, etc. The Muritai is a pretty little yacht, and with her new Boonstra sails ought to look very well indeed.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 27, 26 October 1907, Page 9: The “Janet’s” and “Muritai’s” new sails have arrived from Auckland. The “Janet’s” suit is a success, and sets like a board, but some mistake appears to have been made in the “Muritai’s” suit. They are ridiculously small, and put one in mind of the old mainsail the “Mawhiti” used to have—all spars and bolt ropes.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 33, 2 November 1907, Page 9: Scorching Bay presented a rather unusual appearance last Sunday., There were five yachts anchored in the Bay, the Janet, Muritai, Petrel, Mahaki, and Nancy Stair. They were all anchored in a bunch, and all had the P.N.Y.C. burgee flying at the masthead; I think all yachts when cruising about should fly the Club flag. A start was made for home at about 4.30 p.m., and it was arranged to have a race. A rush was made for the dinghys, and everybody scrambled aboard, and tried to be the first away. The Mahaki was the first to get under way, she being allowed a start. Of the other four yachts the Janet was the first to weigh anchor, followed closely by the Muritai, Donkey, and Petrel. There was a good two-reef breeze blowing, and a fairly bumpy cross sea off the two points (Halswell and Jerningham). The Mahaki and Janet had three reefs down, but the Janet did not carry a headsail. The other three yachts carried two reefs down and single headsails. It was a great surprise to all to see the way the Janet beat to windward under mainsail alone, as she out-pointed them all except the Petrel. The Muritai was greatly handicapped through having too big a jib, and I would not be a bit surprised to hear that she carried lee helm. On the first leg out from the Bay; the Petrel and Donkey gained considerably on the Janet and Muritai. The Mahaki over-sailed herself, standing over too far on the first leg. The Petrel passed the Muritai to leeward off Point Halswell, and also headed the Janet half way across the Evans Bay. A great race then resulted to the Boat Harbour, all the five yachts being close up and in a line. The Petrel was the first to reach the harbour, with the Janet in close attendance. The Donkey pointed on the Muritai by jibing around the outside wall, which brought her in third, the Muritai fourth, with the Mahaki, close up, fifth. It was a great “go”, and caused a considerable amount of excitement and comment.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 45, 16 November 1907, Page 9: On Saturday afternoon most of the yachts wended their way over Day’s Bay way in the hope of rescuing Professor Barnes, the balloonist. The professor’s knife was not sharp enough to cut the parachute clear, and so he came down in the balloon, and was picked up by the Pilot.The Syren was out on Sunday under topsail, etc., and looked very well. The Muritai went out on Saturday and anchored for the night in Scorching Bay, where she was joined in the evening by the Petrel. … In the morning, the Muritai and Petrel set sail for the entrance, where the latter anchored to fish, while the Muritai stood on to Island Bay.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 46, 18 November 1907, Page 5: PORT NICHOLSON YACHT CLUB. The opening races for the season of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club were held on Saturday, under somewhat unfavourable conditions for all the classes. There was a stiff nor’-wester blowing, necessitating the second-class boats close-reefing.… Meanwhile the harbour was dotted with yachts, all making up for the starting line. When the gun went for the second-class event there was a representative fleet. The first to cross the line was the Muritai followed closely by Taipare and Petrel; the Janet came next, two lengths behind, and the Mahina brought up the rear four minutes later. All the boats were close-reefed (the Janet was sailing under reefed mainsail alone). The run down to the Halswell Buoy was exciting for those on the yachts, and the enthusiasts aboard the Pilot (which has been chartered to follow the club races) were eager to catch a glimpse of the second class as they beat up to Koro Koro. All interest upon the Pilot was centred upon the second‑class race, and as the tug neared the competitors all were gazing intently at them, entirely oblivious of wind and sea. The result was a big wave swept the deck-house of the Pilot, wetting everybody. After that more caution was exercised by those aboard the tug. The Muritai on the beat up from Halswell kept her position and was never out-pointed throughout the race. The Janet and Taipare kept well together, and those on board the Pilot had an excellent view of these boats as they plugged into the nasty choppy sea running down from Koro Koro. The Janet, under her mainsail, pointed well, and the Taipare made an excellent showing. Dr. Fell’s Mahina left the bunch as soon as she rounded Halswell and went off on the starboard tack away-up the harbour and was lost sight of until she was seen forging ahead like an ocean liner, haying worked the wind as only an old hand who knows the tricks can.The Muritai rounded Koro Koro at 4.21, Mahina 4.24, Taipare 4.26, Janet 4.26, Petrel 4.31. Janet endeavoured to hoist a spinnaker, but gave it up. Taipare and Petrel hoisted balloon jibs and scudded away for Halswell. On the run down Janet caught Taipare and passed her. The Mahina shortened the distance between Muritai, and the boats rounded Halswell as follows:— Muritai 4.48, Mahina 4.50, Janet 4.52, Taipare 4.53, Petrel 4:58The Janet kept a jib on after rounding Halswell and left Taipare behind. The Petrel was considerably handicapped throughout the race by a damaged leach. The finishing times were:—Muritai, 5hr, 9min. 10sec; Mahina, 5hr. 9min, 20sec; Janet 5hr. 10min. 50sec;.Taipare, 5hr. 13min.45sec.; Petrel. 5hr. 16min. 23sec. With time allowance the Muritai comes first, Taipare second, Janet third, Mahina fourth, Petrel fifth. The Muritai, the limit boat, jumped ahead from the start and was never headed.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 122, 19 November 1907, Page 2: YACHTING—The opening races of the yachting season, under the auspices of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, were held on Saturday. A stiff nor’-wester was blowing, which brought up a nasty sea, and necessitated close reefing. The third-class race will be resailed next Saturday, owing to the weather being too boisterous for the half-decked boats. The second-class boats, faced the starter at 3 o’clock, and an interesting race resulted. Muritai, Taipare, and Petrel started well together; Janet two lengths behind under reefed mainsail only. The Mahina started 4 minutes later. Those interested in the races made good use of the Pilot, which had been chartered to follow the club races, and an excellent view was obtained throughout the race. The Muritai (limit boat) led the race and was never headed once, the Janet and Taipare were a good match, but the Janet with a jib would have made a much better showing on the beat. The Petrel throughout the race was hampered by her torn mainsail, which was only a number of threads when she finished the race. The yachts rounded Korokoro Bay as follows: — Muritai, 4hrs 21min; Mahina, 4hrs 24½min; Taipare, 4hrs 26min; Janet, 4hrs 26½min; Petrel, 4hrs 31min. On the run down Janet passed Taipare, and the boats rounded Halswell as follow:— Muritai, 4hrs 48min; Mahina, 4hrs 50min; Janet, 4hrs 52min; Taipare, 4hrs 53½min; Petrel, 4hrs 58min. From Halswell to finishing line Janet left the Taipare, and Mahina almost caught Muritai. The finishing times were — Muritai, 5hrs 9min 10sec; Mahina, 5hrs 9min 20sec ; Janet, 5hrs 10min 50sec; Taipare, 5hrs 13min 45sec; Petrel, 5hrs 16min 23sec. With time allowances, Muritai came first, Taipare second, Janet third, Mahina fourth, Petrel fifth.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 51, 23 November 1907, Page 9: [T]he second-class event… was a great race. Although only five yachts came to the line, every one of them made a bid to win, even the Petrel with her “Dutch pennant”. This race was started from the Glasgow wharf at 3 p.m. in the presence of a large number of spectators, most of whom afterwards had a good shilling’s worth on the Pilot. Just before the gun went off as a signal to start, the Muritai, Taipare, and Petrel were rushing for the line, closely followed by the Janet. As the first three were right on the line the gun went bang, and the yachts were away for Halswell. The Mahina was a few minutes late, and was streaking across the bay for the line, which she soon crossed, and then set sail after the pacemakers. The Muritai, Taipare, Janet, and Petrel hung together all the way to Halswell, the Muritai holding a slight advantage, besides being the weather yacht. The Muritai close hauled around the buoy in fine style with the Janet, Petrel, and Taipare right on her stern, and the Mahina still in the rear. It was on the beat to Korokoro that the Muritai ran away from the bunch. With two of the crew forward to keep her at it she simply bumped her way through the heavy seas, nearly every other one coming aboard, but still increasing her lead all the time. On the first leg to Somes Island the little Taipare hung on to Muritai like a leech, but on the second board the Muritai gradually shook her off, although the Taipare still plugged at it. “Mainsheet” thought the Janet and Petrel would have made, a better showing than they did. Both seemed to make a considerable amount of leeway, especially the Petrel. While on her second board the Petrel weathered the Janet on her first. On getting into calmer water the Janet got through the water at a good pace, and left the Petrel to occupy the rear position. All of a sudden the Mahina seemed to come from nowhere. While the other yachts had been thrashing their way to Korokoro, leading off on the port tack, the Mahina had stood over to Kaiwarra way on the starboard tack, looking for calmer water, and perhaps flukes. Just as the Muritai and Taipare were making the buoy the Mahina seemed to bob up serenely between them, and now the fight began in real earnest. The Muritai was the first to fetch the Korokoro buoy, but the Mahina rounded a few minutes later, with the Taipare still hanging on. The Janet was the next around, followed by the Petrel five minutes later. On the run to Halswell the Taipare and Petrel set ballooners, and the Janet tried to set a spinnaker, but failed.The Mahina continued to pick up lost water off the Muritai, but the latter battled gamely on, and was still a minute and a half ahead at Halswell, while the Janet had overtaken the Taipare, and the Petrel had picked up a minute and a half on the run. Before the Magazine had been passed the Mahina had shortened the gap considerably, and was only three-quarters of a minute behind. On nearing the wharf the Muritai close halved to windward so as to be near the judge, while the Mahina freed his sheet, to obtain any advantage in the angle of the starting line. Great excitement prevailed on the wharf as to who would be first over the line, and the Muritai was nearly robbed of the honour, as she just scraped over with only ten seconds to spare from the Mahina. The Janet was a good third, the Taipare close up fourth, and the Petrel fifth. A peculiar thing about the race was that the Muritai was limit boat with twelve minutes, but she won from scratch, although the Mahina would have beaten her had she started to time. The Taipare, with seven minutes, takes second prize, and the Janet, with four minutes, takes third prize.Guy Hoggard had the helm, on the Muritai and he ought to very well pleased with his efforts. The Muritai’s win shows that if she is handled properly, as she was on Saturday, the boat that beats her will have her work cut out.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 133, 2 December 1907, Page 8: PORT NICHOLSON YACHT CLUB. At the time for starting the yacht races on Saturday afternoon the weather was perfect for sailing, but yachtsmen knew it would not last the course out. There is either too much or too little wind, and yachtsmen prefer a three reefer instead of an undignified tow line by a generous launch.… The second-class came up in record attendance. The starters were: Waireri 3min, Janet 3min, Petrel 6min, Muritai 3min, Mahina scr, Taipau 7min, Nancy Star 4min. The first-class terminated its first race this season, in which three boats started: Waitangi, Ngaire, and Syren. These two latter races (first and second-class) both terminated in a drifting match, and the races will be resailed.
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 63, 7 December 1907, Page 9: the entires for the 2nd class event turned out in good form, and, as usual, made the best show of the day at the start, but it was too good to last. The starters were— Dr. Fell’s Mahina, Scott and Smith’s Wairere, Dr. Makgill’s Janet, Hoggard and Patterson’s Muritai, Lambert arid McKeegan’s Petrel, F. Davies’s Nancy Stair, and Brewer and J Highet’s Taipare. The boats all “pointed” on the starting line by working up to the Boat Harbour, so as to come in on the angle. What is the use of starting from the Glasgow Wharf if the boats start from the Boat Harbour? “Mainsheet” would suggest that a buoy be put down halfway betweenthe wharf and baths, and that the jachts all start form the line between the wharf and buoy, so as to be under the control of the starter. But to get on with the race. At 3 o’clock sharp, bang went the gun, and they were away. The Mahina was first over the mark, but the Janet and Wairere, getting along fast, soon made the pace a-clinker along Oriental Bay. The next, in order were the Taipare, Muritai, Nancy Stair, and Petrel. The Mahina just squared around Halswell ahead of the Wairere and Janet, with the Taipare next. On the lead to Halswell, the Petrel got a move on, and passed the Nancy Stair off Magazine Point, arid just scraped around Halswell ahead of the Muritai. After a lot of trouble all the yachts managed to set spinnakers on the run to Korokoro, the Mahina standing over to Somes Island so as to hold the wind, while the other yachts held on straight for the buoy and chanced losing the wind. The Janet and Wairere had a ding-dong go all the way on the run, the main boom of the Janet and the spinnaker boom of the Wairere being almost interlocked nearly all the time. The Wairere jibed near the buoy, and let the Janet lead, which she maintained to the buoy. Meanwhile the Mahina held a fair breeze and was again first round Korokoro. The Muritai, with the aid of a big spinnaker off the Mawhiti, had passed the Petrel, but could not manage to move ahead of the little Taipare. With the falling wind the boats that rounded first held a slight advantage. The Janet held the Wairere in the windward work, but could not manage to overhaul the Mahina, who seemed to be following the wind all round the course. The Petrel again forged ahead of the Muritai, and caught the Taipare, although the latter was slightly to windward. The Nancy Stair seemed to be becalmed altogether at Korokoro buoy. At this stage the breeze died away alogether, and left all the yachts absolutely without steerage way. … Petherick’s launch, which had been following the races, shewed what good friends they are to the Muritai and Donkey by towing them back to the Boat Harbour….
- Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 69, 14 December 1907, Page 9:
- New Zealand Yachtsman, 18 June 1909
- New Zealand Yachtsman, 23 July 1909
- The NZ Yachtsman, 30 July 1909, p206: WELLINGTON NOTES. A slight mishap occurred on Sunday last, at Martin’s Bay, but thankfully without injury to anyone. The Muritai had just been successfully hauled up, and Mr Len Smith (owner of the yacht May) and his crew were getting their cradle ready to haul up astern of that yacht, when, without warning, the Muritai, which evidently had not been properly chocked, came back with a rush, taking the May’s cradle with her, and capsizing it far below the water line. Mr Smith and his crew saw the danger, and were able to jump aside, but only just in time. The Muritai, which was brought to an standstill by the capsized cradle, was hauled back to her place without damage….
- The NZ Yachtsman, 29 October 1909, p25: WELLINGTON NOTES. The Muritai is nearly ready and should be launched soon. It is gratifying to learn that this boat will re-enter the racing lists this season.
- The NZ Yachtsman, 5 November 1909, p42: WELLINGTON NOTES. On Saturday, the 30th October,the Muritai was launched and she hopes to be sailing next Saturday.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXX, Issue 147, 19 December 1910, Page 9: YACHTING—OPENING THE SEASON. The Port Nicholson Yacht Club gave pleasure to a large number of guests on Saturday on board the steamer Pilot, when the sailing season opened. The yachts first manoeuvred about off the boat harbour, and then sailed over the Kaiwarra Bight, here they went about, the steamer following them, and next headed for Scorching Bay. Visitors were entertained by the club to afternoon tea, while the yachts sailed into the bay to anchor there. Members of the club were unremitting m their attention to visitors, and succeeded in making the afternoon a most enjoyable one. The yachts taking part included most of the Te Aro Sailing Club’s fleet — the club postponing its race in order to join in the procession. The yacht club’s fleet was in two divisions — port and starboard. The following yachts took part: — Under the commodore: Lizzie (Mr. C. J. Ward), Rawene (Messrs. Nathan and Smith), Ethel (Messrs. Cole Bros), Mahiki (Mr. Elliott), May (Mr. Tattle); under the rear-commodore: Siren (Mr. Chisholm), Muritai (Messrs. Bothamly and Forbes), White Heather (Messrs. Donne and Hoggard), Ruihi (Mr. Jury), Mahina (Messrs. Moore Bros), Nancy Stair (Messrs. Kupli Bros), lolanthe (Messrs. Kelly and Barrett), Kotiri (Messrs. Petherick Bros.); Rona (Mr. A. Petherick), the Karaka, Te Rhuna, Warehou, Nikau, also several motor launches, and Mr. Palmer’s speed launch as “whipper-in -and galloper.” At 5.30 the commodore gave the signal to return, and there was a fine race home, the wharf being reached by the party at 6.50 p.m., after a delightful afternoon.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 7, 10 January 1911, Page 4: YACHTING. PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. A general meeting of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club was held at Armit’s rooms last evening, Mr. C. J. Ward presiding. It was decided that the first morning race at the regatta to be held on Anniversary Day (23rd January), be commenced at 10 o’clock, the events following to be started at 15 minute intervals. In the afternoon the first race will commence at 2.30 o’clock. Members were asked to assist the committee in the collection of prize-money and trophies for the regatta. It was decided to have subscription lists printed. A motion that no race be held next Saturday, so as to enable the yacht to be cleaned, was lost. It was pointed out that next Saturday’s race would be the only opportunity the club’s new handicapper would have prior to the regatta. On the motion of Mr. Kelly, it was resolved that a race be put on the programme on a Saturday between the 5th of March and Easter Monday. The question of a course for general handicap races was discussed. The races will go twice round the following course: — From the starting point to Halswell Buoy; then to Ngahauranga; hence to marked boat. The classification of yachts was decided on as follows: — First-class, Mahina, Muritai, Atalanta, Syren, lolanthe, White Heather, and Ngaira…. Crews for regatta day were fixed as follows: — First-class yachts, seven men…. The open day events will be held on the 18th of February.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 12, 16 January 1911, Page 3: YACHTING. SATURDAY’S RACES. During the greater part of Saturday afternoon there was a brisk southerly breeze, making “a wet sheet and a flowing sea” for the flotilla of yachts and smaller craft which skimmed over Wellington harbour. The wind died down towards sunset. Races were held under the auspices of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, the Motor Boat Club and the Te Aro Sailing Club. The events were well contested, and were closely watched in view of the Anniversary Day regatta next Monday. PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. First-class Yacht Race:— Muritai (11min), 1; Mahina (5min), 2; Siren (7min),3. Also started: White Heather (scr), and lolanthe (12min). Finishing times were: White Heather, 5hr 30min; Mahina, 5hr 30min 30sec; Muritai, 5hr 36min; Siren, 5hr 36min 30sec; Iolanthe, 5hr 42min 10sec.
- Dominion, 21 January 1911, Page 12: This is the first occasion for quite a long time that Muritai has been seen in the racing ranks. She is a fast boat when she is handled properly, and she is in the hands of those that can do it.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 18, 23 January 1911, Page 8: SLOW SAILING. ANNIVERSARY DAY REGATTA. PORT NICHOLSON YACHT CLUB’S CONTESTS. A haze on the far horizon gave a sure indication to-day that the doldrums extended all over the harbour. Though the “white wings” of graceful craft were displayed to the full, and every inch of their pinions soared aloft to the merry sound of the tackle, yet would mainsheet and jib only bulge lazily. Only the gentlest of a westerly air, veering round to nor’-west and slightly freshening as the morning advanced, was available to drive the craft forward. The blue-green waters of the harbour were crystalline with myriad points of silver, which danced on the wavelets; overall was a well-nigh cloudless blue, and warm opulent sunshine. Petone and Day’s Bay were shrouded in a grey languorous haze and the smoke from ship’s funnels just tumbled away to the east. It was in truth a reversal of nearly all previous experiences of Anniversary Day regattas. Too often in the past had a tyrannous nor’-wester taken possession, making an angry sea and drenching spray. Accidents were numerous—masts, bobstays, mainsheets, and gaffs would be carried away, and the sport ultimately languished. But not for long. Within the past two or three years here has been a notable revival of yachting on the waters of Port Nicholson, and no better evidence of this could be wanted than the picturesque sight of a flotilla, under full sail, as was presented off Point Jerningham this morning. The scene was impressive even to a longshoreman, and at one stage no fewer than twenty craft of various sizes were counted off the point. Here and there a slim sixteenfooter, by so careful a disposition of canvas that a maximum pressure to the square inch was obtained, would skim ahead from the rank and file to remind the onlooker that it was a race, and not a mere stately procession. Under such conditions of wind and sea the annual regatta of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club was held to-day. The entries are believed to constitute a record, and interest in the sailing was keen, both ashore and afloat.… First Class Yacht Race Handicap.— Kelly and Salmond’s lolanthe (11min), 1; Forbes and Bartholomew’s Muritai (7min), 2; H. Chisholm’s Syren (6min), 3. A close finish.
- Auckland Weekly News, Supplement, 2 February 1911, Page 2 (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19110202-2-1):
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 42, 20 February 1911, Page 8: Early on Sunday morning the yacht Muritai also left Seatoun for Picton.
- Progress, Volume VI, Issue 6, 1 April 1911, Page 18: [Bottom right] 4. “SIREN,” “MURITAI,” AND “MAHINA” RACING. F. L. Norris, Photo
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 84, 10 April 1911, Page 3: YACHT RACES. The weather on Saturday was perfect for harbour yachting, a fresh northerly making matters most interesting once all tho yachts were under way. The Motor Boat Club also held races, which were keenly contested. The following are results of the various events:— , PORT NICHOLSON YACHT CLUB. First Class Yachts, started 3.15 p.m.— Windward (10min), 1; Mahina (scratch), 2; Muritai (2½min), 3. Also started— Siren (1min). The finishing times were: Mahina, 5hr 24min 10sec; Muritai, 5hr 28min 18sec; Siren, 5hr 30min 34sec; Windward, 5hr 30min 56sec.
- Progress, Volume VI, Issue 7, 1 May 1911, Page 11: A very successful picnic and sports meeting was held at Somes’ Island on Easter Monday, and attracted quite a crowd of people. The catering was excellent, the prizes worth competing for, and there wasn’t a dull moment from start to finish. In spite of the number of boats away at Port Underwood and elsewhere, there was a very respectable fleet at anchor under the Island. Of the sailing craft I noticed—” Siren,” “Viking,” “Windward,” “Ethel.” “Lizzie,” “Rawene,” “Nancy Stair,” “Muritai,” “Makahi,” “Ruihi,” “Warehou,” and smaller craft, including the Heretaunga Club’s fleet. Amongst the power craft there were—- ” Scotia,” ” Veronica, “Puriri,” “Nina,” and Mr. Palmer’s flyer. Social gatherings such as these tend to popularise the sport, and the club’s policy this year has been a wise one; no doubt the four picnics that have been held, together with the ocean race, have done much to raise it to the high position in the public esteem that it new holds.
- Dominion, 23 September 1911, Page 12: Mr G Bothamley has purchased Mr S Forbes’s share of the yacht Muritai and intends to turn her into a yawl.
- Progress, Volume VI, Issue 12, 2 October 1911, Page 21: The “Muritai,” G. Bothamley now sole owner, is to be painted black, with a gold band, this season, and will sport a yawl rig. A suit of sails are at present being built for her by Jagger and Harvey.
- Progress, Volume VII, Issue 1, 1 November 1911, Page 20: Work on the “Muritai” is going on apace, and she is nearly ready for the installing of her 3 h.p. auxiliary Zealandia engine. She should present a very handsome appearance with her new yawl rig, black topsides and gold scroll.
- The NZ Yachtsman, 4 November 1911:
- The NZ Yachtsman, 9 December 1911, Page 120: Muritai was launched Thursday, and looks a very much improved boat with her black topsides and yawl rig. Her 3hp Zealandia is giving her a fair turn of speed.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXII, Issue 152, 26 December 1911, Page 3: YACHTING—Moderately long cruises were undertaken by a good number of yachts on Saturday, the majority proceeding to the Marlborough Sounds. The White Heather (G Hoggard) left early in the morning, the Taniwha (G. Jackson), Wylo (H. Birnie), Muritai (G. Bothamley), Ailsa (Hamil Bros.), and Mahina (Moore Bros.) leaving in the afternoon. The Siren (H. Chisholm) left early on Sunday morning.
- Progress, Volume VII, Issue 4, 1 February 1912, Page 11: Port Nicholson Regatta. January 22nd, 1912. The Regatta on Anniversary Day was a great success. Indeed, how could it be otherwise with such a hardworking lot of officials as the P.N.Y.O. possesses. Probably no yachting club in the Dominion is as fortunately provided for in this respect, both as regards efficiency and enthusiasm as the P.N.Y.C. The bulk of the work on the 22nd fell on the capable shoulders of Mr. Leslie Sleightholm, the official starter, judge and timekeeper, and right nobly did he rise to the occasion. The races were all started under the Mark Foy system, by means of flags, except in the 14-foot event, which was started by means of numbers. In the afternoon the first and second class races were started off at the same time, owing to the light wind in, the morning delaying matters slightly. The time for other events was also altered to suit the convenience of starters. There is no question that the special course round Point Jerningham, then round the ss “Takapuna,” and back to starting line and round again was a great success The public appreciate very much a course in which the whole of the contesting yachts are plainly visible from the start to the finish, and it is sincerely to be hoped that a course of a similar nature will be a permanent feature on Regatta Davy, at all events with the P.N.Y.C…. Results were as follows: — … First-class Yacht Handicap.“Waitangi” (scr.), 1; “Mahina” (12min.), 2; “Muritai” (22min.), 3. Also started “Alisa” (9min.), “Wairere” (Bmm.), “Syren” (12min.), “Windward” (25 min.), “Viking” (30min.). The winner arrived home at 2.5 p.m., and the last boat at 2.26 p.m.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 36, 12 February 1912, Page 3: YACHTING—The Port Nicholson Yacht Club completed its second series of races on Saturday afternoon. The results were as follows: — First Class.— Muritai 1, Siren 2, Ailsa 3. Also started — Waitangi and Nancy Stair. The Waitangi was a few minutes late in starting. The finishing times were: — Muritai, 5h 19min; Siren, 5h 19min 8sec; Ailsa, 5h 24min; Nancy Stair, 5h 34min; Waitangi, 5h 51min.
- Progress, Volume VII, Issue 5, 1 March 1912, Page 26: This season’s Port Nicholson Yacht Club Ocean Race is at hand, and by the time these lines are being read the race should be started. Entries close on Wednesday, 28th, by which time there should be more boats entered than there were last year. So far, the only certain starters are “Waitangi,” “White Heather,” “Ailsa,” and “Viking.” The owners of “Siren,” “Mahina” and “Muritai” have definitely stated that they will not start, and, while of course they must know their own business best, it seems a great pity that fine craft like these should stay out of a race for which they are eminently suitable. The three have been for extended cruises during the season, “Mahina” going as far as Nelson…. There can be little doubt that deepwater racing has exercised a beneficial influence on yachting in Wellington, as up to the time of writing no less than eighteen boats have made the trip to the Sounds, as against half that number last year, and yachting men are finding that going to sea in a well-appointed craft is not such a terrible undertaking after all. The boats that have cruised in the Sounds this year are: “Waitangi,” “Ngaira,” “White Heather,” “Ailsa,” “Windward,” “Siren,” “Muritai,” “Wairere,” “Wylo,” “Swan,” “Mahina,” “Kotiri,” “Tauiwha,” “Awanui,” “Milba,” “Rehutai,” “Olive,” and the launch belonging to the Jeffries-Laughton Syndicate. This is the largest number of Wellington craft that has ever visited the Sounds in one season, and speaks well for the future of the sport.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 60, 11 March 1912, Page 2: YACHTING—Two races were decided by the Port Nicholson Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon. The first-class race was won by the yawl Muritai (24min) at 4.45 p.m., with Siren (15min) second, at 4.53 p.m., and Mahina (18min) third, at 4.54 p.m.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 72, 25 March 1912, Page 4: On Saturday the Port Nicholson Yacht Club held two races…. The weather conditions were excellent, and some good racing was witnessed. First-class Yachts:— Mahina, 12min. I; Muritai, 15min, 2; Siren, 16min, 3. Four yachts competed. The limit boat, Viking, crossed the line one minute late, the rest of the competitors getting good starts. The Mahina and Muritai had a great struggle for first place, the former yacht getting home a few seconds ahead of her rival. The times were as follows: — Mahina, 5h 33m 10s. Muritai, 5h 33m 45s; Siren, 5h 44m; Viking (28m), 5h 46m. The scratch yacht, Waitangi, was cruising around, but did not start in the race.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 108, 7 May 1912, Page 2: TE RURU CLUB. A race and small outing on Monday concluded the season of the Te Ruru Social Cruising Club. There were eight entries for the race, and the conditions were:– sails only, and each competitor to tow a dinghy. The course was from Clyde Quay Wharf to and around Hope Shoal buoy, then to and around Athenic Buoy, and from there to the finishing post in Mahanga Bay. Owing to the absence of a breeze, only three boats completed the course. After the race the crew and a number of ladies who travelled in the yachts had afternoon tea in Scorching Bay. The sealed handicaps for the race were as follows:—Siren scr, Muritai scr, Amai 6min, Wairangi 6min, Windward 6min, Rawene 7min, Mohaki 11min, Ethel 13mm. The race resulted:Muritai (scr) 1, Windward (6min) 2, Amai (6min) 3. The Muritai also won a trophy for sailing the course in the fastest time, and the Windward a trophy for second fastest time. Mr. J. J. Firth donated the trophy for the race.
- Progress, Volume VII, Issue 8, 1 June 1912, Page 27: Yachting in Wellington, which until the building of the Boat Harbour had reached a very low ebb, may now be said to be strongly established again. We have few of the big boats of the nineties, only two, “Waitangi” and “Ngaira” are left, and no iww ones have been built, but we have a real live fleet of modern, medium-size cruisers, infinitely better as a class than their predecessors, some of the best of which, however, survive. The modern cruiser, is far and away a better boat than the older type for seagoing, comfort and handiness, and especially ds this so when she is fitted with auxiliary power, as so many of our best boats now are. An interesting fact to be noticed in connection with the growth of our fleet is that owners seem to care less and less for racing and more for sturdiness and seagoing ability in their craft, and comfort below decks for cruising. The yawl rig seems to be coming into universal favour, and rightly so, for there is none like it for knocking about the Straits and Sounds in a small craft. Reefing the mainsail in a yawl is a job unattended with the dangers of reefing a big cutter mainsail in a seaway; it is easier on the crew, and undoubtedly easier on the boat. The torsional stress of a big main boom continually yanking at a counter in a seaway must in time result in the screwing of the horn timbers. That, I think, is why so many cutters that have hard, continuous sea work, always leak round the rudder trunk. That the cutter is a better rig for general racing purposes is without doubt, but the difference is very slight as a rule; in fact, some of our boats have performed quite as well since they have been yawl rigged. I refer to “Muritai” and “White Heather,” and “Siren’s” skipper tells me that he thinks she sails equally well with her yawl suit as with her present cutter racing rig.
- New Zealand Yachtsman, 29 June 1912: Our cover this week shows a view of Mr G F Bothamley’s yawl Muritai racing in one of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s races this season. This boat, which is better known to Auckland yachtsmen as the Rogue, was built in 1893 by C Bailey, jun, for Mr Fred Russell, of the North Shore, who afterwards sold her to Mr W A Wilkinson, who owned her for six years before selling her to Mr Renner, of Wellington, from whom she was purchased by her present owner. Muritai was the first keel boat built by Mr C Bailey, jun, who built her in his back yard at the North Shore, working at her Saturday afternoons and every night by the light of candles.Her dimensions are:— 33ft oa, 24ft lwl, 6ft 6in beam, and 6ft 6in draught, carrying 2½ tons of lead, 1¾ on her keel and 15 cwt inside, and she rated as a 2½ rater. She was very well built of three skins, even the deck being double, with canvas between, as we found out some years ago when cutting the deck to put in a fore-hatch. Muritai proved fast only in very light weather, and again in a hard blow, seeming to feel her want of beam in an average breeze. On one occasion she was so far ahead in her class on regatta day, that she finished her race off Queen Street wharf and was back on her moorings at North Head before the second boat rounded the Head. She also won another Auckland Regatta in a hard blow, a view of which we gave on our cover of November 4th last.When first built, Muritai had a topmast and carried a jackyard topsail and jib topsail, but was altered by Mr Wilkinson to a polemast, and the jib topsail done away with. She was shipped to Wellington by one of the Union Co’s boats, the freight being £15. She was carried on deck, securely lashed to the starboard rigging, and had a cradle round her to prevent the possibility of moving. She arrived safely, the only damage being to her figure head, which had a knock against the ship’s side in lowering.Mr Bothamley, her present owner, gives a few particulars of her Wellington career since coming under his flag. He says: “At the beginning of last season I painted her black, with gold band, and converted her into a yawl, much against the advice of my fellow yachtsmen, but they all declare now that she is an improved boat under this rig. Ted Bailey drew out the sail plan, and I got this splendid suit of sails from Messrs Jagger & Harvey, Auckland, and after seeing the difference it made to my ship, the owner of Wairere II is now making similar alterations, and has ordered sails from the same firm. Muritai was launched too late for the first series of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s races, but competed in the remaining three, winning two of them, and got second in the last, and third in the season’s aggregate, which was not so bad after missing three heats. On regatta day, Muritai gained second and third, only missing the first place by two seconds, being beaten by Windward, a new boat of the racing class, after giving her time. In a race for a trophy given by the Ruru Cruising Club, after starting from scratch, Muritai won, and also won the prize for the fastest time. Her complete record for this season is four firsts, three seconds, two thirds, and once unplaced out of ten starts, which is not bad for an old boat racing against Waitangi, Ailsa, Windward and Syren, all larger boats. The three races in which Muritai got second were only lost by two, five, and eight seconds respectively, showing that the handicapping has been very good.We made a trip to the Sounds at Christmas, and as the old boat has a 3hp Zealandia stowed in the heel of her, she made some good trips in spite of the bad weather. We got a good ‘gruelling’ each way crossing the Straits, but she behaved splendidly in a sea-way; in fact, she was hove-to all night in the Straits under a mizzen, three-reefed mainsail and small jib, and rode the seas like a duck. She has a great reputation as a seaboat in Wellington, and astonishes most people by her dryness in a sea-way, in spite of her narrow beam. Her 3hp Zealandia pushes her along at 4½ miles per hour, and we have towed Siren and Ailsa home together in a calm.We congratulate Mr Bothamely on the fine trim he has got the old ship in, and his past season’s record speaks for itself.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIV, Issue 25, 29 July 1912, Page 2: Te Ruru Social Cruising Club had their annual distribution of prizes at the City Hotel on Friday evening. On behalf of members Mr. F. Kurran president of the club, presented to Mr. V J. Firth, a handsomely framed photograph of the yacht Muritai. Winners trophies for the season were; — First: Muritai (Mr. G. Bothamley), second: Windward (Messrs. Millman and Cooke), third: Amai (Mr. Brooke-Taylor). Muritai and Windward also won special trophies presented by Messrs. Speed and Howard.
- Progress, Volume VIII, Issue 1, 1 September 1912, Page 43: The auxiliary yawl “Muritai” is for the coming season to be under the command of Mr. R. C. Renner, one of Wellington’s oldest yachtsmen and a former owner of “Muritai.” Mr. Bothamley is going to England for a trip, and is leaving his ship to Mr. Renner whom Wellington yachtsmen will be very glad to see afloat again.
- New Zealand Yachtsman, 26 October 1912, Page 6: YACHTING IN WELLINGTON, 1901 (BY ‘BOAT ‘ARBOUR BILL’)The photo reproduced of the Muritai depicts her on her first appearance in Wellington waters as long ago as 1901. She was then owned by Mr R C Renner, who purchased her from Mr W A Wilkinson, of Auckland, and changed the name from Rogue to Muritai. Mr Renner, who has just been elected Rear-Commodore of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, has chartered her for the ensuing season from Mr G F Bothamley, the present owner, so he will be enabled to renew old associations in a very pleasant setting.… Practically the whole of the old second class of 12 years ago are now racing as first class boats in the Port Nicholson Yacht Club races. To those who lament the passing of the old timers, this ought to give them some cause for rejoicing. The Muritai did not do so well on her first appearance in Wellington as she did afterwards, whilst in recent years she has, under her yawl rig, opened the eyes of many who thought her a back number. The suit of sails in the photo are her original Auckland sails, so Mr Renner informs me.A visit of inspection by our representative to Muritai, which is hauled out at Martin’s Bay, shows her to be in first-rate condition and reflects credit on the way her owners have looked after her during some twenty years of service and is a striking testimony to the good work put into her by Mr Chas Bailey, junr, who built her in his back yard at the North Shore for Mr Fred Russell. She was sailed by ‘Jocky’ Breen, now of Wellington. Since leaving Auckland she has had two 5cwt half cigar shaped bulbs of lead added to the bottom.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 120, 17 November 1913, Page 2: The yacht racing season in Wellington was opened on Saturday. Early in the afternoon there was hardly a breath of wind, but at about 3.15 a light northerly sprung up, and the yachts were enabled to carry all sail through the several races. In the first-class race of the Port Nicholson Club, Atlanta, in receipt of 10min from the scratch boat (Wairere No. 1), showed the spectators what a smooth boat she is, as she won easily, Muritai being second and Wairere No.1 third.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 125, 22 November 1913, Page 14: PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. (By “Spinnaker.”) The Port Nicholson Yacht Club held its second race for first and second class yachts on Saturday last, the entrants being:— First-class: Wairere (scr), Mahina (3min), Muritai (8min), Atalanta (10min), and Windward (12min). White Wings did not compete. Heavy rain set in early in the afternoon, but a fresh breeze springing up from the north-west a few minutes before the start, improved matters a good deal. The Windward crossed the line at 3 o’clock, but the weather conditions were again too light for this boat under her present conditions, and she made but a poor showing. The next boat to cross, the Atalanta, put up a fine performance, and I believe even her owners were surprised at the way she sailed. This boat was never overtaken during the race, which she won easily. The, light weather boat, Wairere, came third. She was launched the night before the race and her owners ,had a hard task to rig her out in time for the start. She will do better when properly tuned up. The yawl Muritai sailed a good race and came an easy third in spite of the drag of her propeller. The Mahina hurriedly put on her huge racing mainsail in anticipation of light conditions, but this sail was seen to be setting badly, and it is questionable whether the move was a good one. At an early stage Mahina had “everything on,” and a finer sight one could not have wished for. It is a pity that more boats do not emulate her example.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 131, 29 November 1913, Page 15: YACHTING NOTES (By “Spinnaker.”) PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. The third handicap races for first and second-class yachts were held last Saturday, the handicaps for the first-class being : — Wairere (scr), Mahina (3min), Muritai (5min), Atlanta (7min), and Windward (18min). The course selected was to Hope Shoal, Korokoro and back — Mark Foy start. Light weather prevailed again, this being the third successive Saturday that topsails were in evidence, a really remarkable happening for Wellington at this time of the year. A pretty sight in connection with this race was a tussle between the Mahina, Wairere and Muritai for the Korokoro Buoy, each boat at different times appearing to have a distinct lead. The yawl Muritai on one occasion got an extraordinary leg-up, but she followed it a little too far, and ran into a calm patch near the shore. The buoy was eventually rounded by the yachts almost simultaneously, and as they squared away each appeared to overlap the other. The Mahina had rounded first however, and she maintained the lead right down the wind to the finishing line. The Wairere and Muritai followed close on the Mahina’s stern in the order named, but did not change their respective positions and finished within thirty seconds of each other. Windward again disappointed by coming home last. She has been very unfortunate in encountering such light weather conditions.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 9, 12 January 1914, Page 3: YACHTING—LADIES’ RACE. A ladies’ race took place on Saturday afternoon under the auspices of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Yachts competing were: — Warehou (scr.), sailed by Miss Mavis McLean; Mahina (4min), sailed by Miss Sadie Moyes; Muritai (8min), sailed by Mrs. Millman; and Atlanta (10min), sailed by Mrs. Rough. Honours went to the Warehou, which finished at 4.10 p.m., the Mahina, finishing six minutes later, being second. Third place was secured by the Atlanta, which “homed” at 4.26. Owing to the lady at the helm committing an error in sailing the course, the Muritai, which finished at 4.23 p.m., was disqualified. A general handicap will be decided under the auspices of the club on Anniversary Day.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 51, 2 March 1914, Page 2: YACHTING—PORT NICHOLSON CLUB. A first-class yacht race was decided by the Port Nicholson Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon. The following competed: Ailsa scr, Atlanta 3min, Wairere I 8min, Mahina 8min, Muritai 11min. A good full-sail northerly breeze was blowing, and an excellent race resulted, the yachts finishing fairly close. The race was won by the Ailsa, which finished at 5.48 p.m. The Mahina finished second at 5.53 p.m., and the Atlanta third at 5.56 p,m. The Wairere 1 and Muritai concluded at 6p.m.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVIII, Issue 113, 9 November 1914, Page 3: YACHTING—On Saturday afternoon the Port Nicholson Yacht Club opened its season with a race in which five boats competed. The handicapper, who worked on the Mark Foy system, started: — Windward (Messrs Cooke and Major) at 3 p.m., Muritai (Messrs. White and McLean) at 3.2 p.m.), Muritu (J. McLean, jun.) at 3.8 p.m., Ailsa (Hamill Bros.) and Rona (Mr. A. Petherick) at 3.10. A light S.S.E. breeze prevailed at the start, which freshened a little as the race proceeded. A special course was sailed to a buoy off the northern shore, and in the outward leg little happened. The Muritai rounded with the Windward and the Ailsa a little in front of the Rona. On the wind the race proved disappointing; the Rona chose a mid-harbour course, and with just a suspicion of pinching reached the Jerningham buoy in one leg. The Ailsa chose to work the northern shore, and suffered in the choice. The Muritai and Windward held a slightly different breeze, and stood over well towards Halswell; the Windward rather more so than the Muritai. In the result, Rona crossed the finishing line at 5.8½ p.m., Muritai at 5.14 p.m., Windward at 5.15½ p.m., Ailsa at 5.16 p.m., and Muritu at 5.26. Rona was therefore placed first, Muritai second, and Windward third.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXVIII, Issue 127, 25 November 1914, Page 9: YACHTING—The Te Ruru Yacht Club held a race last Saturday for Mr. A. Petherick’s trophy. Six boats entered, but on account of the heavy north-west wind only three started. Following were the handicaps:— Rawene, scr, Muritai, 1min; Te Runa, 8min. Finishing times: Rawene, 5.46 p.m.; Muritai, 6.3 p.m.; Te Runa, 6.28 p.m. Rawene won first place and Muritai second.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 18, 22 January 1915, Page 8: YACHTING—ANNIVERSARY REGATTA. Despite the high wind and the rough sea running in the harbour, the Port Nicholson Yacht Club got off a race for its first-class yachts to-day. Out of eight entries six started— Ailsa and Rona, scr; Atlanta, 10min; Muritai and Windward, 13min; Syren, 22min. The race was timed to start at 11 a.m., but most of them left after that hour, and chiefly under storm canvas. There was a heavy northerly breeze blowing, with heavy seas, and the further complication of frequent lulls and heavy puffs. The course was from the Boat Harbour out to the Falcon Shoal light buoy, thence to Korokoro, round Point Jerningham, and home, a distance of about twelve miles. The Commodore (Mr. G. F. Bothamley) is acting as starter, timekeeper, and judge. Mr. F. Milman was handicapper. The race was won by Windward, which finished at 1hr 51min 16sec; Ailsa was second, finishing at 1hr 40min 25sec; and Rona was third, finishing at 1hr 52min 25sec. The Muritai (which split her mainsail) and the Syren gave up. Proposed races for the smaller boats were postponed.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 46, 24 February 1915, Page 4: YACHTING—BOATS SAILED BY LADIES. The Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s Ladies’ Handicap Race was sailed on Saturday under heavy-weather conditions. The course was from Clyde-quay wharf to and around Jerningham buoy, thence to and around the steamer Takapuna, thence, back to Jerningham buoy and starting line. The following handicaps were alloted to the four entrants:— Ailsa (Miss 0. McLean) scr; Rona (Mrs. A. Petherick), scr; Muritai (Miss B. Berry), 6min; Miritu (Miss E. Newson), 10min. All yachts had two reefs in, which were needed, as some heavy puffs were encountered. Ailsa, Rona, and Miritu crossed the line together, Muritai being a few seconds late. In the beat to the windward mark Ailsa drew away from the others. Rona, in a squall, carried away her mainsheet and retired. Muritai could not make up anything on the little Miritu, which was sailing a splendid race. The positions were not altered on the run back to Jerningham buoy, but Ailsa appeared to have the race well in hand. This, however, was not the case (as the times will show), Ailsa finishing at 4hr 20min p.m.; Miritu, 4hr 29min 57sec; Muritai, 4hr 31min 30sec. It was thought generally that Miritu needed more than 10min handicap, but the handicapper (Mr. R. Millman) evidently knew his work, as she won by a margin of 3sec. Ailsa gets second place, and Muritai third. The latter was a trifle undercanvassed at times. The fair skippers were warmly congratulated on the way in which they handled their craft throughout the race.
- Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 62, 15 March 1915, Page 2: YACHTING—TE RURU CLUB The Te Ruru Yacht Club’s race on Saturday for J. McDonald’s trophy was sailed in fine weather, and attracted a good deal of attention. The course was from Clyde-quay Wharf, round Jerningham buoy and the club’s buoy at Ngahauranga, back to Jerningham, thence to starting line. Nine boats faced the starter. Those in the vicinity of Oriental Bay witnessed a sight that has not been seen here for a number of years, as the boats were rounding Jerningham buoy. White Wings rounded first, closely followed by the Muritai on the boat up, Muritai took the lead and she was never passed, but it was a very close finish, resulting in seconds between Muritai, Rawene, and Seabird. Following were the handicaps and the finishing times:— Muritai, scr., 5.13 p.m., 1; Rawene, 2min, 5.15 50sec, 2; Seabird, 1min, 5.15 30sec, 3; White Wings, 2min, 5.17; Nancy Stair, 1min, 5.21; Trixie, 1min, 5.26; Lizzie, 4min, 5.33; Amai, 8min, 5.36; Essex, 12min, 5.43.
- Dominion, Volume 9, Issue 2701, 22 February 1916, Page 9: YACHTING — Last Saturday the Port Nicholson Yacht Club held events for first and second-class yachts. The entries for the first-class were: —Rona, scr.; Wairere No. 2, 1 1/2 min.; Viola, 7min.; Galatea, 7min.; White Wings, 7min.; Muritai, 12min.; Windward, 14min.; and Iolanthe, 19min. A fresh single-reef N.W. wind was blowing. The Rona went to the front and stayed there. The Finishing times were: Rona, 4.43.5; Wairere, 4.5.5; Viola, 4.57; Windward, 5.3;. Galatea, 5.5; Muritai, 5.5; and Iolanthe 5.6.5. The corrected times place the Rona first, Iolanthe second, and Viola third.
- Evening Post, Volume XCII, Issue 65, 14 September 1916, Page 2: YACHTING REMINISCENCES…. The Rogue (now Muritai)… was a Bailey boat also, built as a rival to the Logan-built Gloriana many years ago, but was hopelessly outclassed by the latter, which may be remembered as an easy winner of the second-class race at the Wellington Anniversary regatta of 1893. She was taken off the steamer and rigged just before the race started, and if I remember rightly, was shipped back to Auckland the same evening for the Auckland Anniversary regatta a week later, winning the race in her class there. Auckland-designed and built boats are to be found, not only in Wellington, but throughout New Zealand.
- Auckland Weekly News, supplement, 2 February 1922, Page 34 (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19220202-34-2):
- New Zealand Herald, Volume LX, Issue 18538, 24 October 1923, Page 8: YACHTSMAN’S PERIL. NEARLY ON THE ROCKS. COOK’S STRAIT ADVENTURE DISABLED NEAR LYALL BAY. WELLINGTON, Tuesday. Captain Cooper, an experienced seaman, who arrived in the Dominion a fortnight or so ago from India and who intended sailing the Muritai, a well-known 32ft. yacht, which he purchased at Picton, had a narrow escape from going on the rocks at Lyall Bay yesterday. With a broken spar, his running gear fouled, and the engine out of working order, he lay from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. off Houghton Bay with one anchor gone and the cable of the remaining anchor stranding. Capt. Cooper, after purchasing the Muritai at Picton, determined to sail her across the Straits single-handed, being unable to get anyone to go with him. He left on Saturday and got on well enough until he struck the fierce northerly gale. He came abreast the Pencarrow light at midnight on Sunday and being unable to make the harbour owing to the gale, and not knowing the coast, he put in towards Lyall Bay, pulling up off Houghton Bay with the rocks not far off on his lee. In the disabled slate of the yacht Captain Cooper’s position was an unenviable one, as very soon one of his anchors carried away. From 7 a.m. he tried to establish communications with the shore by flying distress signals. At 11 a.m. the Lyall Bay Surf Club’s whaleboat put off with a crew and managed to get aboard the Muritai, whose owner was much concerned, as the cable of the remaining anchor was stranding badly. Being unable to attempt the towage of so large a craft, the whaleboat had to return. It got ashore, after several exciting attempts, on a big breaker. Word was sent to Island Bay, and a launch soon afterwards took the Muritai out of trouble
- Auckland Star, Volume LVI, Issue 270, 14 November 1925, Page 8: YACHTSMAN INJURED…. News has been received from Wellington that Mr. John Breen, of the Union S.S. Company’s staff, was seriously hurt last night while he was engaged painting his yacht Miru. He was for years an Auckland resident, and is a veteran yachting enthusiast. At the time of the accident he was painting his boat at the boat harbour when the craft slipped and came down on him. Although the full extent of his injuries was not known when word was telegraphed to Auckland friends last night, the advice was that his spine had been fractured and his condition was serious. Mr. “Jock” Breen is well known to the older yachting men of Auckland as he lived at Devonport for many years prior to removing to Wellington. At North Shore he was sailing master of the 2½ rater yachts Minerva and Rogue, and his services were always in demand for open boat sailing….
- Otago Daily Times, Issue 19878, 26 August 1926, Page 5: Many Otago yachtsmen will no doubt remember Mr J. Breen, of Wellington, who met with a serious accident last year through his yacht Miru falling on him when she was hauled out at the breakwater. Mr Breen was internally injured, and is now paralysed from the waist down, and lies on his back on an air cushion. In spite of this affliction, Mr Breen is still cheerful, and in a letter received recently by “ Speedwell,” the aquatic writer for the Auckland Star, refers to yachting in Wellington. Mr Breen was a capable hand at the tiller, and won many races in the 18ft and 20ft open boats, popular many years ago, on the Waitemata. Later he raced the Minerva and Rogue, after which he was at sea for a few years before accepting a position with the Union Company at Wellington.
- Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 151, 23 December 1931: CHRISTMAS OCEAN RACE. The starters in the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s annual ocean race to Tory Channel will be as follows: Marangi, Ailsa, Viola, Shamrock, Muritai, Wairere 1., Rawene, and Atalanta. To take advantage of the tides, the boats may start at any time between 12 o’clock to-morrow night and 1 a.m. on Christmas Day. Their starting and finishing times will be taken and adjusted according to handicaps at the finish of the race. The race, which is for the Seabird Cup and cash prizes, was won last year by the Atalanta after a spirited tussle with the Viola.
- Auckland Star, Volume LXIII, Issue 197, 20 August 1932, Page 14: YACHTING. THE PONSONBY CLUB….. The Earlier Members. During the club’s first and second seasons the fleet consisted of R. Masefield’s Thetis (built of iron), W. Bettany’s Siola, R. Murphy’s Peri, Syd. Chatfield’s Mahaki, Warnock and Bater’s Gloriana, Fred H. Browne’s Toroa, Arthur Clare’s Maku Maile. F. Kunst’s Psyche, T. L. Thompson’s Echo, Len. Adams’ Maybelle, W. A. Wilkinson’s Rogue, Parkinson and Schischka’s Poneke, F. Stonex’s Mahoe, W. Levy’s Lsafrael (iron), W. Wilson’s Cynisca, J. MacKay’s Gladys, A. Braund’s Emerald, O. Riley’s Sea Horse, C. Harkin’s Shamrock, which was lost with all hands a few years later when owned by Ryan.
- New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21377, 29 December 1932: OCEAN YACHT RACE ACROSS COOK STRAIT WON BY THE ATALANTA. The Atalanta, last year’s winner of the Seabird Cup, which is the trophy attached to the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s annual ocean race from Wellington to Jackson’s Bay, Tory Channel, put up another pood performance in finishing first in this year’s event, -which was started from the Clyde Quay Wharf late last Saturday night. When the sealed handicaps were opened, however, first place went to the Evans Bay representative, the Annetta ( , which, appropriately enough, was formerly the Seabird and belonged to the donor of the cup, Mr. D. Kirkcaldie.
There were six starters, the Atalanta, Annetta,, Isca, Rawene, lolanthe and Muritai. The race -was sailed in a light, variable wind, and visibility was so bad that the yachtsmen had great difficulty in picking up the leading lights.
The Atalanta, with a handicap of 17 minutes, arrived at Jackson’s Bay at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day, the Isca (55m) finishing at 6.35 a.m., and the Annetta (50m) at 7.20 a.m. The conditions of the race allowed the boats to start before midnight on Saturday, and their actual sailing times were computed on arrival. When the handicaps were adjusted the Annetta was awarded first place, the Atalanta and Isca being second and third respectively. The race was an excellent one and good times were registered, despite the poor visibility. Mr. J. Jackson, of Jackson’s Bay, who has acted as timekeeper for a number of years past, was again present to welcome the yachtsmen.
- Evening Post, Volume CXIV, Issue 157, 31 December 1932: This year more craft than usual from the Boat Harbour have gone across the Strait for holiday cruising, and many moorings, are deserted. The Wylo has been in the Sounds for some considerable time, and among the other keelers which have made the trip are the Atalanta, Isca, Muritai, Wairere II, and Nanette.
- Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 11, 14 January 1933: Further details of the R.P.N.Y.C. ocean race to Jackson’s Bay show that the visibility was so poor during the night that the Muritai anchored in Worser Bay and the Rawene returned to Evans Bay until the morning.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 145, 16 December 1933: The Annetta and the Muritai have lately visited Leper Island and other points round the harbour, apparently with a view to finding out which could take longer on the trip back to the Bay. So far honours are with the Muritai.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 151, 23 December 1933: Judging from the activity on both yacht and launch slips this should be a record Christmas at the Sounds. Early and late crews may be seen getting ready; and no pains are being spared to make the craft comfortable and ship-shape.
Most of the keelers are being prepared for their annual cruises in the Sounds. … The Muritai will be making her first crossing of the Strait with her new owner, Les Bond, and will probably cruise in Queen Charlotte Sound with headquarters at Picton.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 5, 6 January 1934: Many of the larger Evans Bay craft were away cruising in the Sounds during the holidays, and their cruises were not all plain sailing. The Muritai left for the Sounds but had to put into Worser Bay for shelter.
- Auckland Star, Volume LXV, Issue 9, 11 January 1934: EXCITING CRUISE. FOUR MEN IN A YACHT. HOLIDAY ADVENTURES. OWNER TAKES A DUCKING. Four young Wellington men who set out on a yachting cruise on Christmas Eve returned to Evans Bay after an adventurous fortnight. They were Mr. Les. Bond, owner and skipper of the 30ft yacht Muritai, and his crew, Messrs. Fred Carter, William Wilson and Herbert Shaw.
Leaving Wellington at 6 o’clock on the morning of December 23 for the Sounds, the Muritai was off the Patent Slip when the headsail carried away. The party then put back for a new headsail and a new staysail, and eventually got to Worser Bay at 10.30 a.m., but the breeze freshened, and the yachtsmen decided to shelter there. About 8 or 9 o’clock that evening the fresh breeze became a gale. The yacht dragged her anchor and a bigger “pick” had to be put down. Even then she dragged for a. while, but was held. Meanwhile the cable steamer Recorder came up the harbour for shelter, and the yacht Isca also put in.
“We remained anchored all day Sunday,” related Mr. Bond. “When the gale died down about 3 p.m. we prepared to get away to sea. We left about 5.30, but when we were off Pencarrow the weather was threatening again, and we put back to Worser Bay.
Delayed by Calms.
“We started out again next day and got up as far as The Steeples, but came back because there was no wind. Seeing another yacht putting out we decided to give it another go, but when off the Entrance we were practically becalmed, so once more we put back into Worser Bay. About 2 p.m. the Rawene came up, and its crew shouted, ‘Give it a try now. See if you can get out.’ We were off The Steeples again when Wairere II., which was putting back from the Straits, advised us not to go on with the attempt to cross, as she had been having a bad time.
“So,” continued Mr. Bond, “we put back to Worser Bay.”
On Tuesday, the fourth day after they had set out on the cruise, the yachtsmen left Worser Bay with a light northeasterly wind, and were off Sinclair Head, where they were becalmed again with two reefs in, and while shaking one out, a ‘whirly-wool’ came down from the gullies and the mainsail almost carried away, knocking Mr. Bond overboard.
“I just scrambled aboard,” Mr. Bond said, “and we got a light breeze from the north-west, which gradually fresh-1 ened until we were off Karori Kock, when I it blew up a living gale with heavy seas. J We plugged away up the coast for about j two miles and a half, and then put into Port Underwood for shelter, arriving at Ocean Bay at 5 p.m. We stopped there the night, and about 3 p.m. on Wednesday arrived at Guard’s Bay, biit there j was a south-easterly coming up, and we put in there for shelter.”
The Muritai left on Thursday, but as it got away, the crew found that there was no wind at all, and ran into Brenda Bay.
“Bumped Hard All Night.”
On the Friday the holiday-makers moved into Floods’, where they put the yacht ashore to unship the propeller, but a south-easterly broke in about 9 o’clock, and there was then no chance of getting it off, so two of the crew slept aboard as she lay right over on her side. At three o’clock on Saturday morning, a week after they had first left Wellington Harbour, they pulled her off and went to bed. The wind, blowing a south-easter, later became a hurricane. The owner of the homestead, his son, and Mr. Bond, then put out in their 18ft dinghy, as the anchor chain was carrying out, and got her safely beached. They then put out another anchor, but could not get the craft. She bumped hard all night, and eventually floated off on the Sunday morning tide.
At about 11 a.m. they left, but when I off Port Underwood Heads, on the way to Tory Channel, found themselves becalmed with a big southerly sea, and put back to Floods’, arriving there at 6 p.m.
On New Year’s Day they took the mainsail and carried it about five miles over the hills to a place called Baltics, from which it was to be taken to Picton I for mending.
The sail was ready on Wednesday, and all hands joined the mail launch for Missionary Bay, where a pack horse and another horse were waiting to take the sail back over the live miles to Port Underwood.
The holiday was now nearly over, and shortly after mid-day on Friday the men left Port Underwood, homeward bound, passing the heads at 1.15 p.m. On the journey across to Karori Rock they struck fairly heavy seas. The wind freshened, and blew hard from the north-west, and the yachtsmen put into Island Bay for shelter, arriving there about 8 p.m. They remained in the bay for the night, and left at 11 a.m. on Saturday, sailing into Evans Bay at 3.30 p.m.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 66, 19 March 1934: Making his first visit to the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor-boat Club yesterday Rear-Admiral F. Barges Watson, patron of the club, sailed the first-class keel yacht Wairere II to victory in a special race in which there was a field of eight. The club staged a series of races in honour of the rear-admiral’s visit, ideal sailing weather being the order.
The second race for keel yachts resulted: Wairere I (2 min), 1; Wairere II (scr), 2; Romp (4 min), 3. Also finished: Galatoa (3 min). Muritai (5 min), Rawene (0 min). Viola and Kestrel withdrew.
- Auckland Star, Volume LXV, Issue 74, 28 March 1934: Bailey also built the 2½-rater Rogue for Mr. Fred Russell. She is still going strong in Weilington as the Muritai. This was the same year that the Logans built the 2½-rater Gloriana for the late Mr. Jas. Dunning at Devonport.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 120, 17 November 1934: The keeler Muritai has been purchased from Mr. Les. Bond by Mr. Robt. Stagg. Her performance under her new owner will be watched with interest.
- Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 150, 22 December 1934:Evans Bay was well represented on the harbour last Saturday morning when the large fleet of boats made a fitting welcome to H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester.
The weather was on its best behaviour for the naval regatta held by the club in honour of its patron, Rear Admiral F. Burges Watson. The conditions were ideal, and the many thousands of spectators who lined the shores of the bay from Point Jerningham to Kilbirnie were treated to a fine afternoon’s entertainment, and with over fifty sailing craft participating in the various events, the bay presented a memorable sight! The starters, in the officers’ keel yacht races were as follows : Viola (Commander Farquhar), Wairero I (Lieutenant Washbourne), Muritai (Lieutenant Tanner), Kestrel, Eawene, and Arinetta.
- Auckland Star, Volume LXVI, Issue 116, 18 May 1935: DIMENSIONS OF YACHTS. OLD-TIME RACERS. … Bailey also built the 2 1/2-rater Rogue for Mr. Fred Russell. She is still going strong in Wellington as the Muritai. This was the same year that the Logans built the 2 1/2-rater Gloriana for the late Mr. Jas. Dunning at Devonport.
- Auckland Star, Volume LXVI, Issue 200, 24 August 1935: The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club, well known in Wellington for the interest it takes in the smaller classes, has launched a monthly publication containing 24 quarto pages of club news and notes on a variety of subjects of interest to yachtsmen. … The contents include keel yacht notes, one of the boats mentioned being Muritai, which “Speedwell” once owned. She was built by C. Bailey for Fred. Russell, of Devonport, and was known as the Rogue. Mr. R. C. Renner was her first Wellington owner. He now resides at Ponsonby. One of her original crew in Auckland was “Jockey” Breen, also well known in Wellington, who died as the result of his one-rater yacht falling on him when up for the winter in the Wellington boat harbour. He lingered for a number of years in a partially paralysed condition and was cheery and bright to the last.
- Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 150, 21 December 1935: The only Evans Bay boat intending to make the Sounds trip this Christmas appears to be the Muritai. It is a matter for regret that this club is unable to make a better contribution towards the effort now being made to repopularise this interesting event. The Muritai it will be remembered made a rather hectic attempt to reach the Sounds last season, but it remains to be seen how she will fare with her new skipper. The best of luck to Squib Shaw!
- Evening Post, Volume CXXI, Issue 28, 3 February 1936: TORN FROM MOORINGS. YACHTS IN EVANS BAY. Yachts and launches snug in the Boat Harbour were little affected by the gale, but in Evans Bay it was a different matter, and some exciting hours were spent by members of the crews of several boats, especially when the gale was at its worst before midday. The launch Dana broke her moorings, and the launch Wai-Iti dragged hers. The yacht Muritai dragged her moorings and’ fouled the 18-foot yacht Patsy. A resident of Lyall Bay got aboard the Dana and put an anchor down. The Muritai, which draws about six feet, was in shallow water, at about the time the gale was at its worst, and was in danger from bumping. A good piece of work was done by Mr. Lance Williams, who willingly risked his semi-power-boat and made a line fast to the Muritai and succeeded in towing her out against the weather. With others on board the Muritai, the yacht was towed across the harbour to the lee of the Miramar Wharf, where it was practically calm. The tow was made at right angles to the gale, some idea of the force of which may be gathered from the fact that the gunwale of the Muritai, under bare poles, was under water. It was an anxious trip across, but, though a good deal of leeway was made, those taking part were glad that the towline held, as they had visions of the Muritai being carried to Kaiwarra and sharing the fate of the John had the line parted. During the fouling the Muritai’s mizzen mast and the mast of the Pasty were broken.
The Wai-Iti went ashore near the Hataitai boat shed, as did the yacht White Wings.
The Dana was saved near the Patent Slip.
Minor damage and strains were suffered by all the boats in Evans Bay, and some will need considerable repairs.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 118, 14 November 1936: The Muritai also visited the boat harbour and gave the local residents a shock. Nobody had seen her sail so fast for years. Then it was discovered she was using benzine as well as wind for motive power.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 124, 21 November 1936: The Muritai and Romp were out on Saturday but the keeler race had to be postponed owing to a lack of starters. The Rawene is still on the hard and several others are not yet ready to start racing.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 130, 28 November 1936: The Muritai and the Kestrel had a short burst together on Saturday, for the purpose of carrying out steaming trials. The Muritai won by two revolutions per minute. On Sunday Muritai visited Day’s Bay, and then motored up to Lowry Bay, sailing home from there in the afternoon.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 148, 19 December 1936: The Rawene, which came off the slip only two nights previously, scored a comfortable win in the first keeler race of the season. After a bad start she came home ten minutes ahead of the next boat, the Arawa. The Irex sailed very well in the light breeze and narrowly beat the Muritai into third place.
The yawl Muritai was over in her usual berth at Day’s Bay on Sunday and Monday. Her owners should put down a mooring over there; it would be much easier than hauling up a pick every time they decide to drag themselves away.
On Sunday afternoon quite a fleet from the Bay put into Day’s Bay. The Muritai anchored, as usual, but the Rawene did not stop, while among the crowd on the beach were the Ariki, Wellesley 11, Pegaway, Belvedere, and Damfino 11.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 153, 26 December 1936: As arrangements are not yet completed for a ninety-nine years’ lease of a mooring at Day’s Bay, the yawl Muritai was not seen in her usual haunts over the weekend.
- New Zealand Yachtsman […] 1937: Mr R G MILLMAN— Among the interesting yachting personalities in Wellington is Mr R G Millman, who is to be distinguished for his being able to build and sail a yacht equally well…. [T]hen he took over the “Muritai”. This yacht had been lying on her side with the lead removed from her keel, such metal a short time before being in urgent demand for munition purposes. After replacing the lead on the “Muritai” and building a deckhouse on her, Mr Millman once more had a regular yacht. For a long time afterwards it might have seemed that Mr Millman no longer desired to build another boat….
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 1, 2 January 1937: There has been little activity at Evans Bay over the holidays, due mainly to the mass migration to Tauranga. Of course the weather has not been conducive to much pleasant sailing, although Sunday was practically perfect. Quite a number of boats visited Day’s Bay, including, of course, the Muritai.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 31, 6 February 1937: The Muritai, which came off the slip on Saturday, had the misfortune to break the step at her mizzen-mast. However, her crew had the damage repaired in time for a spin round the harbour on Sunday. She visited Ward Island and Day’s Bay, and then beat up to Somes Island before running home down the bay. On the way, she was sailing so fast that they were frightened that the handicapper would see them and reduce their allowance, so they filled the dinghy up with water to slow them down a little.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 37, 13 February 1937: Inex went round to Scorching Bay for the day and was joined much later by the Muritai, which had suffered from indigestion or something, and finally had to sail instead of “oiling,” as was intended. Before leaving the bay the Muritai paid a visit to practically every boat in the anchorage to take an affectionate farewell. Funnily enough, she made a tour of inspection at Scorching Bay as well, when she got her pick off the ground to return home in the late afternoon.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 43, 20 February 1937: In the keeler race Maranui again disproved the old argument that a high Marconi rig is not suitable for Wellington’s breezy days, arid walked home a winner with fifteen minutes to spare. Rawene, expecting a falling breeze, had only taken down one reef, and when the wind freshened on the beat home she was heavily overcanvassed. However, with a bit of nursing through the harder patches, she managed to struggle home into second place. Irex, with two reefs, put up a splendid show and, although left behind a bit at first, she steadily overhauled the two leaders in the heavy going andwith another quarter-mile to go would probably have beaten Rawene into second place, as the latter was merely lying flat and barely sailing at all. Muritai was doing very well when she struck bad luck in the form of trouble with her jib. It was repaired once off Point Jerningham, but blew out again at Fraser’s Rock when the boat missed stays and nearly went ashore. Finding her almost unmanageable in the heavy sea. her crew ran round into Kau Bay for shelter. After straightening things up a little, ahe was taken across to the Boat Harbour for the night. After going out on Muritai’s bowsprit to muzzle the jib off Jerningham, Tommy Reynolds reckons that Wellington Harbour must be pretty deep. He says he went down about forty feet and still couldn’t see the bottom.Irex’s crew are taking their sailing very light-heartedly these days, even to the extent of staging a “ballet turn” on the counter (or where the counter would be if there was a counter) while running down the bay on Saturday. Seeing those cute little twelve-stone fairies prancing around was too much for Muritai’s crew, and even their spinnaker was so shocked that it refused to set.
Quite a fleet from the bay visited Ward Island on Sunday, and the crews of five boats amused themselves on the beach in the afternoon. When, the breeze fell to a flat calm in the evening it was arranged Viking and Muritai should tow the others home. It made quite an impressive sight when the fleet, “in line ahead,” pulled out of the anchorage and, with a man at the masthead of each, steamed past the Queen Charlotte, which was still at anchor.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 67, 20 March 1937: Last Saturday’s light southerly weather, with a smooth sea, made for pleasant and comfortable racing at Evans Bay. In the keeler race for the Smith Memorial Challenge Cup Rawene found conditions to her liking and romped away to finish nearly ten minutes ahead of the scratch boat, Maranui. Running down the bay just after the start, Irex, piloted by Cyril Headland, clung tenaciously to Rawene’s tail and blanketed her very successfully until Point Jerningham was reached, when the latter boat drew away from the field to round the Kaiwarra mark first. Although Maranui stuck to the task set her she could not cut down Rawene’s lead and finished ten minutes behind with Muritai twelve and a half minutes away third, and Irex one minute and twenty seconds later. On corrected times Rawene took the trophy with three minutes to spare from Irex, while Maranui went back to fourth.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 72, 27 March 1937: Four keel yachts started in a race at Evans Bay for the resail of the Buchols Cup, postponed from earlier in the season. Maranui’s crew had misjudged, the strength of the steady northerly and taken down two reefs, while Rawene was comfortable under one. Muritai and Irex carried full sail, the latter boat once again being skippered by Cyril Headland. From an even start, Maranui went to the lead, closely followed by Muritai and Irex, with Rawene dropping astern.
At Frazer’s Rock Beacon Irex came through to around only a couple of lengths behind the leader, while Muritai and Rawene rounded the mark in that order shortly after. Two minutes would have covered the four boats at this stage of the race. On the lead across to Jerningham Irex closed on Maranui, but could not get past, and the fleet rounded the Beacon in the same order as before.
On the beat up to Coromandel the breeze lightened and Maranui shook out one reef and stood right across the mouth of the bay. In the meantime, Muritai and Irex had worked in to Pipitea Wharf, with Rawene sailing a middle course up the centre of the harbour. This proved the best bet, for when Coromandel Buoy was reached Rawene had a clear minute lead over Maranui with Muritai close up third and Irex about five minutes further back.
Off the wind, Rawene increased her lead slightly to get the gun, 2 minutes ahead of Maranui. Muritai was only 3 minutes later, and Irex 6 minutes further back. Muritai, with a handicap of 22 minutes, took the trophy easily, with Irex (25 mins) second, Rawene (4 min) third, and Maranui (scr) fourth.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 111, 6 November 1937: Muritai appears to be almost ready to be removed from the club’s slipway, and as the club’s first keeler race is to be held next week, she will not have much time to make final adjustments.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 135, 4 December 1937: Once again last weekend, Evans Bay yachtsmen were blessed with pleasant sailing weather, although the breezes were rather on the light side from a racing point of view. As the inter-club trials were in progress for the Rona Jellicoes, Idle Alongs, and Takapunas, the only club races conducted were for Taurangas and keelers. Mick Goldsworthy and Co. had Muritai sailing for the first time this season, and started off quite well by being the second keeler home.
- Evening Post, Volume CXXXIII, Issue 91, 18 April 1942: REPORTED MISSING. R.N.Z.N.V.R MEMBERS. WELLINGTON YACHTSMEN. Several well-known Wellington yachtsmen, all members of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, are mentioned as missing in a naval casualty list published today. They were serving as members of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve in Malayan waters. … Temporary-Lieutenant Hugh Herd is a solicitor, and has been associated with several Wellington yachts, including the Muritai and the Seaward. He took the latter boat to Auckland. He is the owner of the yawl Siren, now in the boat harbour at Wellington.