Also while googling I came up with another valuable piece of the puzzle from The Sydney Morning Herald, an article published on Monday 11th December, 1933.
SYDNEY AMATEUR CLUB
A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS
''The squally southerly breeze was responsible for a series of mishaps in the fleet of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. Three craft lost their masts, one was capsized and others suffered minor casualties such as torn sails.
In B Class Womerah (J. Sullivan), when coming round the starter's boat struck her bow, capsized and sank. She was, however, hauled ashore by this launch. Another competitor in this class Genestre (K. R. King), also capsized and sank. In A1 Class Niobe (G. Carter) and Nyria (R. L. Patrick) were both dismasted, the latter set up a boom as a jury mast and struggled home under trysail. Hoana (G. Backhouse) finished with a torn mainsail.
The A2 division did not suffer at all at the hands of the elements and a comparative newcomer to the class, Adina (Mr J. D. Borrowman) won by 3 min 21s from Sampan, with Maluka 61 seconds later."
This article beautifully describes one of Adina's enduring features ..... That she nearly always wins in heavy conditions! She has won each of the races we have entered in conditions of winds greater than 15 knots in the last year! Needless to say she flounders in light weather, but the heaviness of her build is probably a good reason she has lasted so well after so many years.
Now we had the name of her owner in 1933! Mr J. D. Borrowman!
My elder sister (Josephine) who just happens to be an archivist now entered the fray and tracked down a Borrowman family and came up with a few phone numbers with which to pursue our search. A Jock Borrowman who was J. D.'s grandson gave us the phone number of his father, George!
I could not believe my luck when a George Borrowman from Bundaberg in Queensland answered the phone and confirmed that Mr Joseph Dick Borrowman was his father and that he, George had been 10 years old when his father had boughtAdina. George was very emotional as he had spent his youth growing up on Adina. These then were the first owners who sailed the boat from 1933 till 1946.
The Borrowmans lived by the water at Mosman and George recounted the time he ran out of the house to "see what all the fuss was about" when the Japanese midget subs blew up ships at Circular Quay. He could clearly hear the explosions from inside his house across the harbour! Adina was painted combat colours and used by the airforce to train the pilots in navigation during WWII. She had the number 26 and a circle painted on her side so that she could be identified as "friendly" by the Allied subs and Harbour Patrol.
I wrote to George with some recent photos of Adina and received this reply on 12-6-15;
Received your letter today and was so pleased to see and read about the "Adina". Often wondered what and where she ended up and in no doubt in good order and condition with a dedicated owner.
I'm afraid I cannot give you all the information you require as I was away at boarding school, Ag. College and four and a half years in 2/7 AAR in WA with 1st AA Div AIF.
No doubt "Adina's" age 83 is as remarkable as mine being 93 years.
My photos are ones I took on my school holidays and on army leave. They are lucky to survive our 2013 flood in which we lost a lot of mixed gear including our car.
I have photostated all the photos I have left, which should help you with your history.
Her builders? Could be but she was completed by Halvorsen Bros. slipway Neutral Bay Sydney Harbour. During her lifetime she was moored at (Neutral Bay, Sydney Harbour, Halvorsen Bros.) (The Spit, Griffins Slipways, Middle Harbour) and then up to Pittwater Broken Bay at the RPAY Club moorings at Newport?
While at Pittwater we did race but mainly had holidays on her at the Basin and Refuge Bay up the Hawkesbury River. My father would have had her rego numbers, sorry I can't help you, plus all the details about her, would have been in my brothers care, now deceased also wife.
The Adina carried 1. main jib and mainsail, 2. second set 1 jib and mainsail smaller, 3. Storm jib and mainsail, 1 spinnaker, 1 ballooner.
Motors, 1 Chrysler 6hp and 1 Mours Marine 4 .D.
The name plate "Adina" was stainless steel on deck entrance to below. Below were 4 bunks running from the mast to the steps to either side with made up foam carved mattress. No toilet, an ice chest, and a two burner metho stove. Rough eh!!
She carried another 1/2 ton ballast under the floor.
Also had a 10 foot snub nose clinker ply varnish (dinghy).
I might be able to trace some of my father's papers etc. ., will have a try with the family. I had a beautiful framed photo of the Adina on Sydney Harbour used to have it on my dresser, gone?
PS "Adina" means good.
Accompanying this letter were 11 photocopied black and white photos of Adina in the 1930's.
J. D. (otherwise known as "Skip" to his family) belonged to the RPAYC whose Rear Commodore was James Hardie, who also bought a Percy Coverdale boat (Windward II) that was made for him in 1929. I wonder was there a connection? Apparently it was common for Tasmanian built boats to be brought to Sydney via coastal steamer at that time.
Over the phone George also recalled sailing Adina through Sydney Heads on a particularly rough day with a big swell running and they put the old Chrysler motor hard at work to assist. The motor overheated, caught fire and burned out most of the cockpit! After that they installed a new Morris engine.
George, very generously sent me all his original photos so that I could scan them and return them to him, included with the photos was a card dated 25-9-15 which read;
Enclosed you will find all the photos that I can find about the "Adina". Many were lost during the floods caused by cyclone 'Yasi' in 2013.
It took me a couple of hours to find the photo of the one that included the name plate Adina!
So easy to find!!
Will let you know if I find anything more relating to its history.
PS. have also included photo copies of Skips (dads) yacht he had built after he sold Adina. I never set foot on her. G
There seemed to be emerging a common theme throughout Adina's life. She made a big impact on the lives of those who sailed her, especially young boys. George was 10 when his dad bought her in 1933, as was Doug Brooker when his father bought her in 1953.