March 2016 Update

Many thanks to our valued supporters, in particular the Red Shed Art Collective for donating $1,000 from their exhibition “The Challenge of the Sea”. Also several generous individuals, the Waiheke Local Board for a grant of $2,000, and the Waiheke RSA for fully funding the $1.250 annual Apprentice Administration fees.
Work has started with re-fitting the ‘Boston Whaler’ hull as a work barge for access while re-building the stern. On the “Kate” the old transom has been demolished, the new horn timber fitted and now it’s a matter of sculpting the new shape as near as we can to the original elegant form.

Tom & refitted whaler 001Extended stern






We are also starting on the bowsprit and mast, using the logs grown on the Island, while we have temporary use of the Boating Club’s white tent.
Fund-raising continues, we hope to keep up the momentum. Our next fun event is an evening of SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES at the Rocky Bay  Hall on the Saturday of Queens Birthday weekend, 4th June, led by the local group Royal Fortune. If you want to hear a saw played really beautifully, come along, and if you’d like to sing, join in the choruses. Tickets are $15 from Christine, 372 7423.
Donation are always welcome through the “Give a Little’ facility on our website,