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Kestrel II
The Theta 26 was built in Dennysville, on the shores of the Vaal Dam in what was previously known as the province of Transvaal, South Africa.

Although only 26', she was incredible sea-worthy and we sailed her in some very rough seas and strong winds offshore Durban. A particular Theta, owned by Mel (his surname escapes me) sailed his Theta on many very long journeys. His first trip was from Durban to Australia, which took him 11 weeks. From there he sailed up to Japan, where he then cruised extensively in the Far East region. He then sailed the boat back to South Africa, and after repairs and some more modifications, he set off for Alaska - and made it! Many years later he and Galactica (his Theta) sailed back into Durban harbour.

We bought Kestrel in 1987 after going on a booze cruise with Dennis on Libelle II ( which I subsequently bought) - we had enjoyed the cruise so much that Yvonne and I decided we wanted to get back into sailing. Kestrel was sound but needed some TLC in the interior, so I stripped out the interior fittings and rebuilt her inside. The windows were changed and I spent a lot of time making her more presentable.

A year or so later I sold her to a good friend of mine, who, when I visited South Africa in 2002, still owned her. He did change or have a major rework done on the single-cylinder BMW 12HP motor, besides that he also painted her about 5 years earlier, but he was still enjoying sailing her.
Saloon, before re-fit
Saloon, after re-fit
On the hard, getting anti-fouled
Theta 26
Specificatons
Michael Henderson
7.82m
2.90m
1.52m
2.0 tons
BMW 1-cylinder 9HP, shaft drive
Sloop
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