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Manuska – the iconic boat that
graced the waters of Lake Te Anau
for 27 years – will set sail on its
first ever open sea voyage later
this year when it is relocated to
Built by late Murray Cardno over
11 years as a replica Colin Archer
yacht, Manuska was launched in
The boat’s name comes from a
Dalmatian word meaning “little
one”, as Murray’s wife, Frana was
called by her Yugoslavian family
members when she was a little
Murray and Frana’s son, Stephen
plans to sail the 11-metre ketch
to Sydney later this year. Of the
three Cardno brothers (Paul,
who lives in Dunedin, Andrew,
residing in California and Stephen
in Sydney), Stephen is the one
most interested in sailing and one
whose lifestyle allows the time
commitment required for taking
care of a large wooden yacht.
Speaking from Sydney, Stephen
Cardno recalled the days of his
father building the boat and later
taking it on family trips.
“It was a huge part of my
childhood. Dad started building it
it was launched,” he said.
The boat was part of a family
business for many years, taking
passengers to the Milford Track
and for lake cruises. Stephen
remembers many wonderful times
sailing with the whole family for
a picnic at Dome Island at the
entrance to the South Fiord on
Lake Te Anau.
“We would park Manuska up onto
the beach, start a little fire and
cook those sausages black.
After a little conversation which
normally included remarking on
how odd that sandflies don’t swim,
we’d leave unbitten and happy.”
The decision to take Manuska
out of the water was made during
Stephen’s visit to Te Anau for
Christmas last year. It left its
mooring place at Blue Gum Point
after a final sail on January 4.
“We knew there was some rot
on one of the latches beside the
wheel, but when we came for
Christmas we found that the rot
had spread a little, so we knew
we had to act fast to stop further
deterioration of the wood,” he
Frana Cardno feels that Manuska
is part of Te Anau’s history and
deserves a good sendoff.
“She is still in Te Anau, up on the
dry. We put her up on a cradle
so she can have work done on
it. She’ll get new sails and a
new motor, and the wood will be
repaired. She’ll look brand new.
“We will have a big party before
she goes,” Mrs Cardno enthused.
Before Manuska sails to Sydney
she will need to be brought
to the highest standard of
Murray Cardno never fulfilled his
dream of sailing Manuska in the
Pacific and beyond.
Now his son, Stephen feels
confident that he has sufficient
skills and experience to sail the
boat across the Tasman Sea and
carry out his father’s dream.
“I’ve been sailing from a young
age. In Sydney I’ve been on
the crew of a 40-foot boat, and
last year I did the three-day
Sydney-Gold Coast race.
Crew-wise it’s not an issue, I have
plenty of sailing buddies and I
hope at least one of my brothers
will come to help,” he said.
As for future plans, Mr Cardno
wants to enter Manuska in races.
“There won’t be many boats
like her in the races. A cruising
wooden yacht of around 11.5
tonnes, competing against those
skinny plastic modern yachts will
be like a race between a tortoise
and a hare.
“I’m not expecting to win, but in
a handicap race we will have a
The late Murray Cardno aboard the
boat he built, Manuska, that will set
sail for Australia later this year.
By Alina Suchanski
The Manuska pictured at Dome Island in Lake Te Anau, one of the Cardno family’s favourite spots.
Yes Highland Dancing will be a part of
the Te Anau Tartan Festival.
Experience the skirl of the pipes, swing of the kilt
and perhaps even a wee dram!
Plenty of activities for the whole family to join in.
Te Anau Tartan Festival, Te Anau Lodge &
Te Anau Airport, 29th, 30th & 31st March, 2013
Entry forms now available
Book your accommodation now
PSST, DID YOU HEAR THE PHARMACIST
WAS CAUGHT HAVING A FLING?
Te Anau pharmacist &
“would be” Scotsman - too
bad he’s a Sassenach!
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