Story: Sailing and windsurfing

South Sea vagabonds

South Sea vagabonds

In 1933 a young unemployed Aucklander, Johnny Wray, built a 35-foot cutter in his back yard. He found material for the boat, Ngataki, all over the Hauraki Gulf. The story of his subsequent cruising in the Pacific, South Sea vagabonds (1939), made him a romantic hero.

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Harold Kidd, 'Sailing and windsurfing - Rapid growth: 1918 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/7140/south-sea-vagabonds (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Harold Kidd, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016