One of the reasons why all this restoration took place can been seen above - it is all about memories - happy memories. But the main reason can be found by searching my blog archive (Older Posts, below) for "The Cygnet Project Part 1" and reading about the original Cygnet and her gallant skipper.
In this photograph I am representing the Pleasant Point Yacht Club ( Canterbury, South Island NZ ) in my bright red P class "Elusive" in the 1966 'Tauranga Cup' National P Class contest on Evans Bay in Wellington. I was 15 years old. Where have the last 42 years gone? - blowing in the wind that's where! - I don't look back and want it all again. I just look back and celebrate it all - such happy, happy sailing days.
Who was this much slimmer and oh, so serious sailor? It was a very heavy weather contest that year and I broke this mast in the fourth race. I can remember being dog tired after every race and sleeping soundly every night with a smile on my face despite every bone in my body aching.2009 and aged 57 years - much older, much tireder, and a lot wiser? hmmmm. Well, wise enough to know that happiness and delight can come with simple pleasures - a small yacht, an open expectant heart and a good breeze blowing.
Cygnets first sail was on the waters of Parua Bay Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand.
After a couple of hours of sailing in an oscillating, fair to moderate breeze we called it a day.
"Thankyou", said Cygnet as we headed towards the boat ramp, " It was great to get out on the water again, I could feel that you were really enjoying yourself, we will have to do this again some time." - I looked at her with a very, very big smile, "Yes" I said, " if there is one thing you can count on, it is that we will be going sailing together again soon."