Historic yacht being restored

By . Image credit Andrew Barnes: Supplied. 2017 september

A historic Auckland racing yacht is being restored after years of rotting in the Hauraki Gulf.

The 113-year-old Ariki, known for being the fastest yacht in Auckland from 1904 to 1938, was spotted at Bayswater Marina and purchased by Waiheke residents Charlotte Lockhart in 2016.

Ariki is being restored by Waiheke boat builder Robin Kenyon with the aim of having her back on the water by early 2018.

Ariki will be moored at the Maritime Museum in Auckland so the public can visit and she will be made available for Waiheke school students to sail.

Contact arikiclassicyacht@gmail.com

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