Long-time boat builder and trustee of the Waiheke Working Sail Charitable Trust Bernard Rhodes recently reconnected with an old friend, marine artist David Barker, who visited the island on his launch Feather.

Bernard is working on a project to restore the former historic trading cutter, now sail training ship Kate.

“I talked of the vision of Kate as she will be, outward bound under full sail with a bunch of trainees aboard, and he agreed to do a painting encapsulating the dream.

“I have long admired David’s talent for depicting boats and the sea, for giving an almost magical touch to a beautiful seascape, and I’m excited to be able to share this,” Bernard says.

David Barker’s oil painting will be made into 100 strictly limited, signed prints, which you can subscribe to for $225.

When all subscriptions are sold, a draw of one number will win the original framed painting.

The funds will be spent so youth can discover their potential through learning the traditional skills of sailing and seamanship.

For information with details for payment, a ticket for the draw and for delivery of the print,  email your postal address to info@waihekeworkingsail.org •

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