“The Classic Wooden Boat Blog” — Kiwi-Style

Kiwi sailing

(Photos courtesy http://waitematawoodys.com).

So, I came home for this?  We’re currently in the middle of a blizzard, with perhaps two feet of snow to come.  I’ll take solace in the photograph above.  And many others from this fabulous website.  These photos are of the 2015 Mahurangi Regatta Weekend in New Zealand.


I’ve been traveling, and made several half-hearted attempts to post here.  Alas, one-finger typing doesn’t seem to have been very effective.

Why am I not in New Zealand right now?  Even worse, I have had to postpone my trip to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart for two years.

In the meantime, I have laid the snow shovel aside, and wish I was here:

John Dory

This website is truly great — please read more, at


What do you think?  Can we have any first-hand reports?

Thanks, Carl


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As we (so-called) go to press, this 83 year-old 30′ wooden gaff sloop stands a good chance of winning the hallowed and annual (Rolex) Sydney-Hobart race, perhaps the most prestigious and difficult offshore race currently in existence.

— I’ll update this part tomorrow.  The above may change, depending on when MALUKA finishes.  Of course we are talking about corrected time.  MALUKA is also the smallest boat in the fleet of about 120 of the best sailing boats in the world.  As of this writing, she is close to finishing.


(Photo courtesy Rolex Sydney Yacht Race 2014.)

This is the 25th year that owner Sean Langman and his beautiful sloop have participated in the Sydney-Hobart Race.  So a victory would be very fitting.

Here’s what I know about her (MALUKA OF KERMANDIE):

Designer:  Cliff Gale [who was he?]

Builder:  Fisher [ditto question]

LOA:  9.01 mtrs

Beam:  3.18 mtrs

Draft:  1.7 mtrs

Sailing with a crew of five other people, this would surely be a grand achievement for the owner and the boat, which Langman lovingly restored.

The Sydney-Hobart race is dominated in the news by the WILD OATS and COMMANCHEs of the world, at least in terms of first-to-finish.  I, for one, am rooting for MALUKA to put the finishing touches on this year’s race.

The website:  http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/the-yachts/2014/maluka-of-kermandie

What can YOU, gentle reader, tell us about this beautiful boat?  I’d love to hear/read your comments.

Thanks.  And a very happy and prosperous 2015 to you.  Carl

P.S.  MALUKA finished 13th in corrected time.

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