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Gladwell's Line: Thanks, Dad

'Delivering a bag of sails in 1939..Jack Gladwell (1921-2010)'    Gladwell Collection
As some may be aware, my father, Jack, passed away, unexpectedly but peacefully on the night of New Year's Day after over 80 years of sailing on the Waitemata harbour and Hauraki Gulf. He started sailing when he was six, and had his last sail in mid-2009 aboard one of Sail NZ's America's Cuppers.

We celebrated his life last Friday, where his three children and six of his eight grandchildren (most of whom own their own boats) recounted their sailing experiences with him.

As part of that celebration we did a job that had long been on the 'to do' list - scanning his sailing photos - mostly from before World War II or just afterwards.

Dad started sailing at the age of six at Pt Chevalier Sailing Club, in what was then west Auckland. The club sailed crewed boats of which my father and his two brothers sailed 14, 16, 18 and 22fters - the last two being of the mullet boat type. They raced at Pt Chevalier when the tide was right, or with the Combined Clubs at Westhaven.

Maybe this pictorial insight shows how different sailing was seventy years ago in Auckland:

Luiyana (V 30) 18ft mullet boat -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

Pt Chevalier Sailing Club 1939 -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

Jack Gladwell (right) Reg Gladwell (helm) -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

Luiyana (V 30) 18ft mullet boat -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

S class (16fters) and V class (18fters) Mullet boats racing off Pt Chevalier -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

L 38 Taotane reaching in the Hauraki Gulf -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

S-53 'Leone' (16fter) in the First Combined Clubs Race 1956-46 Season -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

L 38 (Taotane) cruising rig. Jack Gladwell (left) - photo taken from the dinghy. -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340  

14ft Y class 'Matariki' - first yacht -  http:Gladwell Collection?nid=65340   Click Here to view large photo

by Richard Gladwell


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