A John Welsford Joansa design.

On June 13th, at 9am precisely, Long-standing club member, Roy Morford launched his new build, Schiul Dhu.

The sparkling beverage for the launch…note the name “SEE YA LATER”…

For such an occasion, an elaborate launching ceremony was created.

The cedar boughs represent the forest from which the timber for Schiul Dhu was constructed with a wish that she always will return to the shore. safely.

Schiel Dhu was piped down the ramp whilst entering the water.

A Past Commodore read: “For Fifty-seven years, the Hollyburn Sailing Club has seen the launching of many boats.  From Sabots built in the clubhouse to vessels built in member’s homes and first set to sea here. 

These boats have nurtured members over the years and so we affectionately call them “she.”  With the blessing of the Gods of the sea and the waters of the earth, they will continue to nurture and care for our sailors, paddlers and rowers in the waters of English Bay and beyond. 

To our home-built boats we toast, and ask to celebrate “Schiul Dhu.”  (Then everybody raises their glass filled with champagne or your favorite beverage and shouts: “TO THE SAILORS OF OLD…TO: “Schiul Dhu!”  (Everybody takes a sip.)

The moods of the bay are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that Schiul Dhu be given the strength to carry on.  Her Hull is strong and she keeps out the waters of the sea.”  (Again the glasses are raised, and the assemblage shouts: “TO THE SEA…To Roy Morford and Schiul Dhu….TO THE SEA!” Everybody takes another sip.)

Today we come to name this lady, Schiul Dhu, crafted with love and care by Roy, and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for Roy and all who row in her from the Hollyburn Sailing Club.  We ask the sailors of old and the moods of Gods of the sea is that the sea to accept Schiul Dhu as her name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely. “Again, with the raising of the glasses, “TO THE SEA…TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US…TO SCHIUL DHU (The glasses are drained by a last, long sip by all.)

Now pour champagne over the bow to appease the gods of the sea. And brush her with cedar bows to encourage Schiul Dhu to remember the land and return from the sea safely.

Roy, you may now launch your Schiul Dhu.

A final check, and Schiul Dhu enters the ocean for the first time.

The test row…
Roy carefully insures that all is well…The oars are at the perfect height for rowing.
After a quick trip around the bay, Roy returns.
Schiul Dhu lands gently on the beach.

The Hollyburn Sailing Club congratulates Roy on his new rowboat “Schiul Dhu”, and wish him and her many happy rowing adventures.

From John Welsford’s website, the Joansa webpage:

Sporting rowing:
A while ago I spent a season cruising in a very capable light dory I’d designed, the trips ranged from a week which took me from Dargaville down the Kaipara harbour to Helensville, to an afternoon trip up to Riverhead and back.It’s a lovely way to see the coastline, surprisingly fast in the right sort of boat and a lot easier than shouldering a pack through the bush, a doctor friend tells me that fixed seat rowing is one of the most beneficial and least destructive forms of exercise. ( I’ve no doubt that exponents of other disciplines will disagree but few dogs will bother chasing a rowers)I sold the dory to fund the next design and build project, but I missed the ability to be afloat within moments, and the glow of well being after a good hard row down the channel. I missed being able to take wife and daughter with thermos and picnic lunch exploring places as dissimilar as Westhaven Marina and the upper reaches of the Puhoi estuary.Well, the workshop was empty so it was back to the drawing board again. I fancied one of the classic round sided dories, the last one had been of the better known straight sided type adapted to plywood and to our our local conditions. With this new boat I’d a mind to try for the efficiencies of the the more complex round bilge shape while trying to stay with the dories simple construction.Joansa, the name is derived from our family, John, Jan and Sarina – there is now a Brendan but he wasn’t even a twinkle then if you know what I mean. You try and do better with that lot!. She is an adaptation of a late 1800’s Chamberlain Dory skiff, native to the inshore fishing industry of the north east coast of North America . Smart rowers, seaworthy, simple to build and maintain, and nice lookers.My modern day version is light enough to root rack on our old Toyota Starlet, fast enough to win races and carries enough weight to take the three of us and gear on a weeks camping holiday.Joansa proved popular, she is a very pretty craft that attracts a lot of attention and plan sales have been so good that at least two boatbuilders took them on as a stock boat”.Our Joansa did a lot of miles for us, travelling quickly and easily – some of the mileage done under power with our 2hp Honda outboard but mostly under the oars she was designed for. We loved her lots but inevitably the time came around for another project and it was a couple of years later that we built Seagull to replace her.