A team of Torbay Sailing Club members have been working hard in the background since the start of February.
Lady Waiake is a feature of Waiake Beach and, after suffering a catastrophic engine failure during the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships at Torbay, it was used more commonly as a swimming platform for locals rather than a committee boat for the club.
However, actions were taken and funds raised, and on September 15 a new-look committee boat was launched at Riverhead to start the 22nm journey back to Waiake Beach - and only 12L of petrol was used.
The Lady Waiake was designed by Terry Bailey and built in 1978 at Kerry Alexander’s boatyard in Browns Bay. Bailey was a Torbay Sailing Club member and Paper Tiger sailor and built a number of Paper Tigers, some of which are still sailing in the fleet.
A huge shout out to Blair Gerrard (rear commodore) and Graham Fleury who put in more hours than all the members who help combined.
A quick summary of the work done:
inboard engine removed
floors, toilet, and pretty much everything removed, and entire interior cleaned (due to oil)
new floors and transom built
new engine fitted
new windows fitted
repaint of the entire boat including antifoul
Come and see her for yourself at this year's Sir Peter Blake Regatta on December 1-2.
Lady Waiake was towed via water and land to a safe place ready for work to be carried out.
Under cover, needing some TLC
A few transformations in colours through the process...
And there we have it.
Cruising speed of 7 knots, and she reached 10 knots.