BOATING HISTORY

Bean Rock 150 years

Bean Rock 150 years

Alex and Lesley Stone delve into the history of Bean Rock lighthouse – 150 years old this year. Fl(3) WR...

Walter Reeks’ ‘Volunteer’ & Bailey’s ‘Viking’

Walter Reeks’ ‘Volunteer’ & Bailey’s ‘Viking’

Volunteer was built in October 1888 during a wave of large yacht construction in Sydney in which her designer, Walter Reeks, played a large role. This upsurge of interest in yachting was at least partly attributable to the huge worldwide interest in the recent series of gladiatorial contests in the America’s Cup races off New York.

Dumas in New Zealand

Dumas in New Zealand

There have been many solo ocean passages and circumnavigations, but few as challenging in concept and timing as that of Argentinian Vito Dumas in his ketch Lehg II.

The steeple-chaser

The steeple-chaser

This is a tale with three players – R.J. Scott, the yacht Yvonne, and the mole at the entrance to Otago Harbour.

Tasmanian salvation: Te Rapunga

Tasmanian salvation: Te Rapunga

Built in the early 1920s in Germany, the iconic 32-foot double-ended ketch Te Rapunga is enjoying a complete restoration by Tasmanian wooden boat specialist Denman Marine. She will return to her natural element in time for the island’s Wooden Boat Festival in February next year.