Yacht’s 85th festivities include free cruise

The 85th anniversary celebrations of a Te Anau-based yacht included more than 600 people enjoying a free cruise over the weekend.

The yacht Faith hosted 10 people at a time over Saturday and Sunday.

Co-owner Adam Butcher said it also allowed people to get out and about after lockdown and visitors came from as far as Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown to take the cruise.

Built on the River Clyde in Scotland in 1935, it was designed as a pleasure yacht. During World War 2 Faith was used by the British government. It was not until 1980 that she sailed to New Zealand, where she spent 15 years being restored in Whangarei.

The history of the yacht was depicted

in a "history walk" over the weekend. Photos and information were displayed every 2m along the waterfront as

people waited to join a cruise.

"It gave people the opportunity for [them] 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. 

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