A huge thanks to Phil Andrew from New Zealand for sharing some, summer with us all. For those of us with a decomposing brain, not only do the toilets flush the other way there, but its summer! Thats right, on the other side of the planet, it’s like opposite of us, but the same. Confused? And to top all that off, Phil has boats from here from the other half of the planet. Do they know? Are they confused? All those cells of humanity buried in the wood? Anyway, who cares, its summer somplace, and we have boats in the water action shots! Take it away Phil!
Hi Matt, here’s some summer fun for you Woody Boaters in the chilly north.
New Zealand. Wellington. 5.00am New Years eve. My son and I set off for a 3 day Father Son bonding time at the Lake running our Century Boats in the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti in theSouth Island at a small Alpine village called St Arnaud.
This trip includes a 25 minute drive to a cross channel Ferry and a Ferry Trip across the Cook Strait of 3.5 hours then a 1 hour drive to the lake.
We have three beautiful Century’s stored in the Classic Boat Museum there just a stones throw from the waters edge.
1966 Century Arabian 19 ‘Miss Tahoe’.( Once belonged to Ace Photographer, Steve Lapkin’s family in Tahoe.)
1956 Century Arabian 18 ‘ Casper.’ ( The prototype Blue Grey Arabian featured on Woody Boater a few years back.)
1955 Century Palomino 15 ‘ Sparkle Horse’ ( A boat also featured on Woody Boater after we won her at the Mecum Warner Collection Auction back in 2011)
We had been getting reports of strange weather patterns and orange skies as the Australian East coast, some 1400 miles away was ablaze in the most horrific bush fires ever experienced.
I really wanted to be able to run all three boats and to shoot pictures of each of them from the other boats. We all know the limitation of shooting our own boat while onboard. Theres the looking out the back at the wake shot and then the people in the boat shot and well… that’s about it.
New Years morning we were at the Boat Museum at 7.30 and on the water with Casper by 8.00. We were greeted with early morning fog and hazy smokey skies. The smoke in the atmosphere provided a very beautiful soft light, a reminder of the devastation being wrought on our brothers across the Tasman Sea.
We’ve had 3 wonderful days of boating and more importantly its been so great to hang out with my boy.