My dinghy was removed from Ripapa Island overnight Friday Nov 16 where I had left it above the high tide level because I could not launch it back into the water in the strong northwest wind swell that afternoon, but thought it would be ok for me to return Sat morning and retrieve it.

On Saturday I was told that a trailer was also stolen from Purau Ave in early hours of Sat morning. I’m wondering if an enterprising thief saw the chance for a two-in-one. It would have taken considerable determination to retrieve my dinghy from Ripapa – and a boat.

The dinghy’s name was Pinta. It was blue with a pointed prow.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about these thefts. My number is 021 124 8984.