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Xarifa: Our Club’s first yacht

Launched 01 August 1874, Xarifa was the first “proper” yacht to be built in Wellington – her purpose for nothing more than the recreation of sport and cruising.

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The Freybergs

There were five Freyberg brothers, three in particular stand out as swimmers, yachtsmen, and fighters. One, Lord Freyberg, was an honorary life member of the RPNCY. This is their story.

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Hal Wagstaff OBE

Hal Wagstaff OBE was a man who insisted that things always be done right but was never bound by convention. He maintained his bright intelligence and involvement in the sport up to the time of his death, and definitely lived up to the name “Hurricane” Hal.

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A collection of photos from the Auckland Weekly news

The Wellington Classic Yacht Trust have put online a series of photos that were first pubished in the Auckland Weekly News from the early 1900’s through to 1940. They provide an excellent snapshot of early sailing life in Wellington with a lot of shots of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club events.

Club History Kotiri
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The battle of Mawhiti and Kotiri

The rivalry in boat building in Wellington goes back a long way. Gavin Pascoe from the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust continues his story telling about the yachts and their sailors in Wellington with the story of Mawhiti and Kotiri and the people who built and sailed them.

Club History Isca
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Isca – a little ship that could

Gavin Pascoe from the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust continues his story telling about the yachts and their sailors in Wellington. This time he focuses on the little ship that could … Isca.

Club History Ethel
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The tale of Ethel

Gavin Pascoe from the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust has posted another article on the history of yachts and their sailors in Wellington. This time he focuses on Ethel.

Club History SirBernardFreyberg
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Remembering some of our history on Anzac Day

Many of our members served in both World War one and World War two and and as always ANZAC day is an opportunity to remember them. One such person was RPNYC Life Member Lieutenant-General Bernard Cyril Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO*** KStJ (21 March 1889 – 4 July 1963).