1651Hrs- Sad News
Ika Roa’s port hull has opened below the waterline and is full of sand, says owner Tony Murray after inspecting the 42ft catamaran on Monday afternoon.
It means she cannot just be towed off the beach – or higher up the beach out of reach of the sea.
“It is the most gutting experience, ever,” says Tony.
James Wharram Polynesian style design broke free of her mooring in Pilot Bay about mid morning on Monday and blew ashore on Matakana Island.
The normally sheltered bay was subject to south easterly winds of about 20 knots, gusting to 30 knots.
At the time, the Port of Tauranga wave height reader on A beacon was recording six metre swells, which dropped during the day to five metres.
Ika Roa is upright on the beach with her bow pointing towards Tauranga
This afternoon I received some sadder news in the form of a comment left on my ‘About’ page by Leo Murray the son of the owner:
‘Hey Neil. Ika Roa broke her mooring in Mt Maunganui and was washed ashore on Matakana Island yesterday (monday 5th July)’
‘After a night of 6 foot swells, and a few brutal tide cycles, she has returned to the sea. My father bought her from Tim Whelan in 1990, I was 3 years old and she is my first ever memory… She has instilled inspiration into many. In this respect we are much alike’
It’s a sad end for a boat that has inspired and given pleasure to so many, my sympathy goes to all involved with her.
As I worked at the barn today I was cheered however by the thought that the spirit of ‘Ika Roa’ is in some way part of ‘Gleda’ and that she will soon be sailing the oceans again.