Launched 1976 or 1977 (construction contract was between
April 76 and April 77)
Owner John Craven
Purchased About 1991
Colour White/Royal Blue (listed by Swarbricks’
as the original colour)
Berthed Napier, New Zealand
Sail Number
New Zealand Registration
State Registration
Call Sign
Builder Swarbrick Bros
Hull Number 37
Fit Out
Previous Owners Original owner R.L. Ewens of WA, Rod Tweddle
listed as owner in 1978(?correct as the Ewens later sailed her to NZ)
Previous Names Nil

The Yacht’s Story

Kiriwina has moorings in Napier NZ and has belonged to John Craven for about 14 years (2005).  Ross and Barbara Ewens (who were family of Stan & Jacquie Reid) left Perth around late 1980early 1981 and sailed to Sydney, then Queensland and later to NZ, some reports say in 1984 but it may have been earlier.

Does anybody know why was the name Kiriwina was chosen and is it after the island Kiriwina?


One thought on “Kiriwina

  1. Kiriwina was an RAAF base during WW2
    The Island was abundant with Tonkinese girls as every sailor knows were beautiful And The RAAF pilots had a real good time This was related to me by the builder of the sloop

    Chris Keys

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