CLAIR DE LUNE - HISTORICAL INFORMATION
Clair de Lune was built in 1957 in Whangarei by Darrell A.F Smith of 24 Mill Road. She is a Bert Woollacott design and is made of Kauri of carvel construction. Smith was the Commodore of the Onerahi Yacht Club but was not of the Smiths Boat Yard in Whangarei. Her registration number was E87 and her registration details were: 25'x 23'6"x 8'x 4'9", 425 sqft cutter, 30cwt outside 10 cwt inside, 8 hp, 1957 Her owners were: D.A. Smith (Whangarei) 1957/65? Commodore of Onerahi Yacht Club. P.H. Luxmore 1965/68 Based in Napier, his idea of fun was taking off, seemingly regardless of weather, on Friday night and heading due east for 24 hours before turning back home. J.E. Kebbell (Palmerston North) 1968/86 - Who was then a Roman Catholic priest but more recently ran the Organic Vegetable shop in Wakefield Street (Common Sense Organics). That C de L always had the best looking birds in her crew may say something about Jim's transition from the cloth to the earth (quote from David Lackey on the CYA website). Jim used to belt across Cook Strait in all sorts of weather. R. Hayes (Wellington) 1986/2006 Retired School Teacher who used to cross the Cook Strait single handed on a very regular basis. M.J Wilson and P.A Nalder (Wellington) 2006/Current Both originally from Golden Bay both men grew up around the water. Murray sailed her with crew from Wellington to Golden Bay and back in 06/07 with Paul joining him for the return journey. The trip to Golden bay was repeated in 08/09 by Murray Racing History: She entered the Onerahi YC 100 Mile race Dec 1957 and was reported as being "a new boat". She raced with the OYC for the next few years usually always doing their annual Moko Hinau 100 milers. Sea Spray magazine June 1959 has a photo of her on p29 as part of a fleet. In 1960 she won the McLeod Cup (Onerahi Yacht Club) and in 1963 the Baigent Cup (OYC). She entered the 1966 Auckland to Suva Yacht Race by owner P.H. Luxmore. She was 21st of 21 boats and won the Cook's Prize, for the last boat to finish. In Nov 1966 she was confirmed as an entry for the 1967 Whangarei to Noumea Yacht Race. She completed the race in 1967 in a time of 6 days 17 hours 8 minutes, finishing 42nd out of 44 starters, on handicap 26th out of 44 and was 10th in her division. Although not officially entered (Her LOW was short by 6" to enter) she completed the Wellington to Akaroa Yacht Race in 1970.