I have owned Manu-Iti for the last 13 years and have enjoyed her good manners ever since. Unfortunately the time has come to pass her to a new owner whom I hope will look after her and keep her afloat for many years to come. However, should circumstances change I would not hesitate in getting her back.
Based on the original Ladybird, designed and built by Woollacott late in his life, she is a sea kindly vessel and has competed in the Auckland to Noumea race as well as travelling as far afield (anecdotally) as the west coast of Canada. The original Ladybird had a Hobart connection having competed in the inaugural (1952) Hobart to Auckland race winning the race just 20 minutes ahead of Tasmanian entrant Lahara. The heavy seas encountered proved the reliability and integrity of the design and many more were to follow. Sir Peter Blake’s parents were to buy the original Ladybird and this esteemed yachtsman described her as “a proper yacht” where he learned much of the seamanship he became renowned for.
Manu-Iti has been a fixture around Kettering and Hobart for many years with several previous owners, all of whom have contributed to keeping her in original condition, retaining the Oregon spars and ketch rig.