Yes, this is LIVE-ish. And from New Zealand. Where it’s summer when we are in winter, toilets run backwards, and Sunday is already over. Oh, and Covid crap is being managed like the bitch that it is! Here is a report from Phil Andrews and a more official one from Jacquetta Bell. Take it away Phil.
Hi Matt and fellow WoodyBoaters, Sunday night here having just put the boats away in the museum/shed. Due to a Covid outbreak in Auckland the country was plunged into a lockdown which was only released on Saturday evening. This meant the show could only run Sunday so sadly many entrants from The upper North island and Auckland couldn’t come along.
We did however manage to get a show of sorts. I was busy running my 3 Century boats so didn’t have time to get shots on the water. Last year we had Steve Lapkin doing the honours for our WB community so this year i hope you enjoy my pictures of on land boats.
And now from Jacquetta
Covid restrictions lifted just in time to allow the 22nd NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show to go ahead as a one-day event on Sunday (March 7).
The annual show held annually at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park usually runs over two days, but drew a good crowd on Sunday, with close to 30 late registrations making up for those unable to travel from Auckland.
The wooden power boat Rita took the Jens Hansen Trophy, having been towed up from Tarras by her owner, Michael Hayman. The 6m boat was built in Waimate, with an open cockpit designed after boats used on Sydney Harbour.
Boat show judge John Harris said the winner was impressive as a 100 year old veteran of the water.
“Rita impressed us as a wooden plank runabout built in 1920, still in relatively original condition and still enjoyed on the water by her owner.”
The judges were impressed with the overall standard of entries and with innovations such as Pete Murton’s 1895 fan-tailed clinker, which has been re-fitted with an electric motor.
Other award winning boats were:
Best New Craft and Eventiac Award for the Best Themed Display: wooden kayaks owned by Lindsay Norris, Blenheim
Best Restoration: Cougar jet boat owned by Lindsay and Stuart Mann, Rangiora
Mathieson-Jeffcott Trophy for best inboard-motor craft: runabout Amalfi, owned by John McLean, Timaru
Port Nelson trophy for best row-boat: former Otago pilot boat built in the 1870s, owned by Kevin Hislop, Murchison
Ron Culley Trophy for the Best Steam Boat: Estral, built in the 1940s and owned by Bill Voisey, Blenheim
Johnson Family Trophy for the Best Sail Powered Craft: Tiptoe, replica Cape Cutter, built in 2013 and owned by Stephen Jarvis, Christchurch
Best outboard motor craft: 1960 Safacraft owned by Pete McCaw of Christchurch
CWF Hamilton Trophy for the Best Jet Propelled Craft: Rakaia, a1979 jet boat owned by Chris Richards of Blenheim
Innovation award: 1895 fantail clinker Blue Duck, now powered by an electric motor and owned by Pete Murton of Nelson
Best Amercan craft: 1953 Cris Craft Catherine, imported to New Zealand in 2016 by the owner Rick Wilkie
Best clinker: Wee Poppa, built in 1950 and owned by Steve Gorrie, Nelson
People’s Choice, voted for on the day: 1969 Foiling Sunburst owned by Gary Thomlinson of Christchurch.