The New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show March 3-4, 2012.
PART 1. The Journey – by Philip Andrew
Here in New Zealand, our only classic boat show has been held for the past 13 years on Lake Rotoiti, about an hours drive from the city of Nelson, which is situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. We live near Wellington, on the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island.
Having recently completed my 1958 Century Resorter “Principessa”, I decided to take her to the show and see what a Kiwi boat show is all about. Despite the relatively short distance between Nelson (on the south island) and Wellington (on the north island) there is a large and often rough stretch of water between us called The Cook Strait.
The only way to get the boat over to the show was to take the “Interislander” the ferry service that runs every 4 hours from Wellington across the strait through the Queen Charlotte Sound to the small town of Picton on the south island.
Picton is a pretty little town that’s been nourished solely by the ferries since the late 1950’s and the tourists they bring each and every 4 hours or so. There has been talk recently about changing the ferry port to Clifford Bay which the economists say would cut an hour off the trip. What they don’t say is it would also kill this small town and rob our tourists of an amazingly beautiful journey. I hope it never happens.
Grandad Pete getting in the boating mood by standing in a lifeboat from the “Mikhail Lermontov”. The “Mikhail” as you will have deduced was a Russian vessel. A cruise liner in fact and one that sank nearby in February 1986 after being directed the wrong way through the Sounds by the local harbor-master pilot.
“I tell ya I know these Sounds like the back of my hand” he said – Not!
As we began climbing out of Picton heading for Lake Rotoiti (Elevation 915 ft / 279 meters), we started hearing news reports of a large storm brewing that was going to hit the North Island and the upper South Island. Winds of 90 mph (150 kph) and snow down to 1,000 ft (300 meters) elevation. Whaaat?? This is the peak of summer here! – The weather sure is crazy these days…
The Wairau is like a place that time forgot. Lets just say its pretty relaxed down here… (The Naturists also like to swing in the Wairau Valley, click here to check it out – Texx)
Stay tuned tomorrow for the conclusion to Philip & Grandad Pete’s Adventure to the New Zealand Antique & Classic Boat Show…
Will they get the boats off the trailers and out on Lake Rotoiti?
Will Grandad Pete get his classic boat ride as promissed?
Will it snow??
Will they get stranded in the bar all weekend?
Will Philip get to wear his special order Woody Boater Captains Cap?
Stay tuned on Wednesday morning for Part 2. The Big Show – By fellow Woody Boater Philip Andrew.