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Old 16-10-2017, 21:16   #1
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Searching for the Telstar (NZ missing boat)

Hi everyone,

Iím trying to track down the yacht my grandfather Ivan Vitali built in the early 70ís, the yacht was called Telstar, sail number 1263. Built and first sailed in New Zealand.

He passed away in 1974, before I was born and tracking down his yacht is a way I can get to know him a little.

The boat was sold after he was died to a member of the Devonport YC here in New Zealand, (Iíve chatted with him) who then sold it 8 years later to someone who hit a reef in Noumea, but thankfully the vessel was eventually recovered and restored in Westhaven around 1989.

It was approximately 34ft and of a similar design to S & S 34 of the same era. The hull was red below the water line, with white above it and wooden cockpit made of kauri then fibreglassed over.

It started out sailing around the Auckland region Ė Kawau, Waiheke, my grandfather sailed it to Noumea and Fiji and it was eventually sailed all over the world.

Ivan Vitali was a member of the Panmure Yacht Club and Iíve spoken with his brothers and John Bennett at PYBC.

Do you know anything about this yacht and where it may be or anyone you may think can help? Please add to the topic, send them this thread or get in touch with me with my details below.

I'd love to find it, have a look at it, go aboard and keep my family - and Ivan's great grandchildren - updated with where it is today.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Drew Thompson
andrewt212@gmail.com
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Old 17-10-2017, 03:35   #2
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Re: Searching for the Telstar (NZ missing boat)

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Drew.
Good luck in your search.
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Re: Searching for the Telstar (NZ missing boat)

I've just been told the boat was renamed "Goldline" by a subsequent owner.
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More info...its a Buchanan design...not an S & S...still trying to work out which Buchanan, but I do know the Telstar/Goldline is 34 ft.
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