Yacht cruises celebrate 85th birthday

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The yacht, Faith, on Lake Te Anau last weekend. PHOTO: CHRIS WATSON

MORE than 600 people experienced a free cruise on an 85-year-old motor yacht in Te Anau last weekend as part of its birthday celebration.

The yacht, called Faith, hosted 10 people at a time on Saturday and Sunday.

Co-owner Adam Butcher said the cruise was also an opportunity for people to get out and about after lockdown.

“A lot of people came down, it was pretty cool.”

While there were many locals who cruised, there were also visitors from Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown.

Built in Scotland in 1935 on the River Clyde, the yacht was designed as a pleasure yacht.

During World War 2, Faith was used by the British Government and it was sailed to New Zealand in 1980.

“She had about 15 years being restored up in Whangarei… we purchased her in 2014.”

The history of the yacht was displayed in the form of a ‘history walk’ during the weekend.

Photos and information were displayed at every two metres along the waterfront.

“It gave people the opportunity to walk through Faith’s history, from when she was built right through all the adventures she’s had leading up to being here today,” Mr Butcher said.

Cruises lasted about five minutes and headed along the waterfront, which gave those cruising a view of the town from the lake.

Faith was one of the last vessels designed by Alfred Mylne, of Glasgow, and is a 19.7m motor sailer built from teak, oak and mahogany.

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