Old salts, like fishermen, like nothing better than the chance to get together and tell a few tall tales.
So that’s just what the ‘birthday’ celebrations for well-known Tauranga trailer-sailer Late A Gain in February are all about.
Current owner John Burns says over the years innumerable Tauranga sailors have crewed on Late A Gain, a classic Farr 7500, and the boats she used to race against, and he’s hoping to see as many as possible on the day.
“Trailer-sailers were very popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” says John.
“She was one of the early ones, and has been here in Tauranga for many years.”
The ‘birthday’ function, Tuesday February 12 at Omokoroa Boat Club, will begin with a fleet voyage departing from Tauranga, with current owners each taking a few of the old-timers along for the ride.
“Anybody who currently has a trailer-sailer and would be willing to come out and take some of the old sailors would be absolutely wonderful,” says John.
After lunch at the Omokoroa Boat Club, he says, “We’ll spend some time telling lies about the old days, and showing some photos.
“And have a birthday cake.”
A not-so-serious awards ceremony will follow. “Like the person who’s travelled the furthest, who’s owned their boat for the longest time, that type of thing.
“We haven’t determined all those yet.”
John would love to hear from you if you’re a current or former trailer-sailer owner or crew and would like to join him for the celebration. Call him on 0273396730, or email firstname.lastname@example.org