|Lizzie ca. 1909-12. Image hand coloured by Denise Durkin|
On top of his recent success in building racing centreboarders (Zel, Thelma, and Vera - see Thorndon Dinghy Club), Lizzie's immediate success as a racing yacht was probably a factor in Bailey's decision to go it alone at Clyde Quay. Aside from the occasional centreboarder, Bringins showed no interest in building or developing racing vessels.
|The Martins Bay workshop (with Bailey's name recently painted over). Source Alexander Turnbull Library|
|Lizzie. Source: Progress. April 1911|
Lizzie's vital statistics:
LOA : 22'
LWL : 19'
Beam : 7', 6"
Draught : 4'
Lizzie's first race was a challenge against the champion 2nd class yacht Taipare, which she won. She was crewed for that race by Ted Bailey (skipper), C. J. Ward, C. Ward Jr., and G. Taylor. In subsequent club racing, it was C. Ward Jr. who skippered her.
|Source: Wellington Museum of City and Sea|
C. J. Ward, owner of a shoemaking firm, was Commodore of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club from 1910-1912. He was well respected and liked as a fair businessman who looked after his staff.
|Ward family car on an outing to Paremata. Source: Terry Ward|
|Linnet. Source: RPNYC archive|
|Source: Traditional Boats June 1987|
She changed hands several more times before sinking at her moorings in unclear circumstances in 2010.
This event inspired the creation of the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust, which was formed to raise money for her salvage and restoration. She was renamed Lizzie, returned to her original configuration and is sailing once more in her home waters. She was named Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club's boat of the year in 2013.
|Lizzie sailing in Wellington 2013|