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NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show winners revealed

It was a victory for blokeish escapism at this year’s NZ Antique Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park over the weekend.

Over 120 clinkers, steam launches, classic motorboats and sailing dinghies enjoyed two days of boating and chatting about boats, with the Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall going to the Christchurch-owned shallow-beam skiff, Willow.

Judges’ spokesman John Harris said this 16’ 7’’ plywood skiff stood out as unique: “The owner, Darryl Maffey, bought her from an elderly man last year and has done her up as a ‘blokes boat’, finished simply in grey and white with a red trim. Willow is a boat that says ‘I can escape in this and go fishing or do a bit of duck-shooting with my mates or with my kids’, it’s a male-bonding kind of boat.”

Harris said the boat show, now in its 16th year, draws a consistently high standard of entrants and is great motivation for people to restore old craft or build new boats on traditional designs.

Boat show organiser Pete Rainey said the sunny weather drew good crowds both days, and though the southerly prevented much on-water activity on Sunday there was good sailing by mid-afternoon.

Rainey said holding the show a month earlier than usual was popular with visitors, with some enjoying a day out at the lake after attending the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. However he said the earlier time was more cluttered with events, which would be taken into account when deciding the date for next year’s show.

Other award winning boats were:

Best New Craft: Boat 67 (unnamed), a 13’ 8″ ultra-light ply dinghy with total design and build by the owners, John and Dianne Macbeth, Todd Valley, Nelson.

Best Restoration: Andiamo, a 18’ 6″ power boat built in 1949 and based at Lake Rotoiti (NI) over 60 years ago, where it was one of the fastest boats on the lake, owned by Mary Fuller of Tauranga

Port Nelson House Parts best rowed craft: Inverie, a 12’ 1947 traditional clinker dinghy, owned by the Picton Clinker Classic Boat Club.

CWF Hamilton trophy for best jet propelled boat: Potential, a 4.5m Hamilton jet 30XL, built in 1964 and now owned by Geoff Neutze of Christchurch

Johnson Family Trophy for the best sail powered craft: Julie, a 14’ X-class built in 1950, owned by Guy Manning of Nelson.

Mathieson/Jeffcott trophy for best motor powered craft: Matariki, a 5m launch built in 1965 and restored in 2014, owned by Marlene Peter Crapper of Picton.

Best outboard motor boat: Miss Molly, a 13’ Clinker runabout built in 1963 and owned by Dick Rita Hall of Picton.

Eventiac best themed display: Thunderbird, a 15’ 1972-73 jet boat, bought as a bare hull for $500 in 2006, returned to red and white colour scheme and relaunched in 2006; entry included music and costumes, owned by Edward Wicken of Christchurch.

Ron Culley trophy for best steam boat: Tecumseh, a 17’ 9″ steam launch built in 2003 by Myron Givets, owned by Tony Collins of North Otago.

People’s Choice: Vanquish, a 19’ powerboat, a new build by the owner over a period of seven years, in the style of a 1930s-40s gentleman’s racer, owned by Dave Deavoll of Christchurch.

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OKI 24-hr race results announced

The 2014 OKI 24-hr Race results are in, with Andy Maloney and Nicholas Heiner coming through on the winning boat, sailing for Mansons TCLM Ltd with 118 laps – almost as many as Chris Dickson’s 120 lap record.

“These are true champions,” said Murray’s Bay Sailing Club Commodore Dave Gunn. “You can’t just cruise around in this competition and this year we had very good but very tough sailing conditions.”

“Conditions were perfect,” agrees winner Andy Maloney from Murray’s Bay Sailing Club. “It was great having wind all night with lots of hiking. It was very physical, but very fun.”

Maloney says the most challenging part was the lack of sleep, followed by the physical demands of the sailing due to the conditions.

“Campaigns are so expensive so the winnings will go towards that,” says Maloney, who will be heading to Europe in March to compete.

Partner Nicholas Heiner sailed the final lap. Coming off the water he said: “I’m actually still feeling pretty fresh.”

To recover, he said it’s important to eat well, drink enough and get some sleep. “Then, we’ll be back into it,” says Heiner.

Last year’s winner, James Sandal won the solo category, racing through the night without breaks. He was passed dinner from the dock to eat on the way around and says: “Now, I’ll probably sleep for a week.”

He said his knees and hands hurt the most but he’d definitely attempt the solo event again and his advice to future solo competitors in the OKI 24-hr race is: “Have a plan – warm clothes at night and plenty of food. It was really challenging, but exciting.”

First in the Youth category was Panasonic Toughbook’s Trent Rippey and Cullen Le Roy on 114 laps. Women’s winners were Olympians Sara Winther and Susannah Pyatt, with Laura Lowther, sailing on MacKay Boats with 109 laps.

Omani sailor Ahmed Alhasano was competing as part of his month-long training in New Zealand, he says: “It was very windy, we’re not normally used to that, but we loved it.”

The annual event is a fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth Technologies, distributor for OKI printers, has been sponsoring the race since 1989.

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Boat business owner charged with fraud, issuing bad checks in boat purchase in …

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 5:00 pm

Boat business owner charged with fraud, issuing bad checks in boat purchase in Egg Harbor Township

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An Egg Harbor Township business owner was arrested by township police Thursday and charged with issuing bad checks and theft by deception.

Detective Ray Theriault said Tracy Blumenstein, who owns Professional Boat Sales, Service and Storage in Egg Harbor Township, took boats in trade at his business and re-sold them without paying off loans. He said police began an investigation in October following a tip and have identified four victims so far.

Blumenstein was charged with issuing bad checks in the amount of $33,000, after complaints were signed by an individual regarding the sale of his boat, police said.

Theriault said an employee of Blumenstein’s is likely to face charges but he did not release his name.

Blumenstein was taken to Atlantic County jail and released on bail Thursday.

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Sailing in Marin: Tiburon couple competing in regatta for former friend

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Hard graft aside, owning and running a sail loft in Sausalito for the past 30 years has largely been a satisfying endeavor for Robin and Vicki Sodaro of Tiburon. Having kept their heads above water throughout several recessions they’re fortunate that their business continues to be steady and they get time to do what they do best: go sailing.

“You never have the same project twice so that keeps it interesting,” Vicki said. “We still enjoy it because it gets us out and about, and we meet lots of interesting people.”

Among all those interesting people that the Sodaros have met over the years, Rob Moore is one who will always remain close to their hearts. For years, Moore was a larger-than-life influence on sailing in the Bay Area. As racing editor for Latitude 38, the region’s leading sailing publication, and as an avid racer, he encouraged countless sailors into the sport. Sadly, two years ago, Moore passed away at age 58 from lung cancer, despite otherwise being in excellent health and having never smoked.

“It’s a disease that can affect anyone, and claims more lives every year than breast, colon, leukemia and pancreatic (cancer) combined,” said Leslie Richter, Moore’s wife. “The sad fact is that despite being the No. 1 cancer killer, lung cancer receives a small fraction of the research funding of breast cancer alone. With Rob’s death, I pledged to do whatever I could to help others afflicted with this disease.”

Through the Bay Area Racing Federation, Richter has organized a fundraising sailing event, the Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta. Now in its second year, the Sodaros and many of Moore’s sailing brethren will race in the Robgatta on Feb. 15, in conjunction with CYC’s popular Midwinter Race Series.

This year the Sodaros plan to race with another of Moore’s good friends, Hank Easom — on Yucca — Easom’s 8-meter and a boat well known in Marin sailing circles.

“It’s a perfect way for us to remember Rob,” Vicki said. “He was such a good shipmate and the most honest person I’ve ever met. He had great integrity.”

The Sodaros first met Moore soon after opening the Hood Sail loft in Sausalito in 1983. Robin and Vicki grew up sailing in Southern California, and while Robin was a student at Orange Coast College circa 1975, he began working with Hood Sailmakers in Costa Mesa which ultimately led to a long career in the sailmaking business.

About the same time Moore, who owned a bunch of different boats including his favorite Summertime Dream — a custom Schumacher, would stop by the loft to pick up scraps of sail cloth to fix sails or to make something out of nylon, recalls Sodaro.

“We were always seeing him out on the race course or the yacht club and we became good friends,” Robin said.

Before long Sodaro and Moore started racing on Kookaburra, a Swan 46, racing several Antigua Race Week events together, as well as J-105s locally on the bay.

Robin said, “We also sailed on Katrina, a Swan 53. The owner called me one day and said, ‘If I get the boat to Italy to race in the Swan Worlds in Sardinia, can you guys make it?’ My reply, ‘Sure, we can do that!'”

The pair sailed Katrina twice at the Swan Worlds in Sardinia, in Cowes, the Caribbean, Mexico and Southern California. “Rob was a really intense guy to sail with,” Robin said, “always calm and collected but always thinking about two legs ahead, about what changes we’d have to make, what sail we’d need, he really stayed focused. He was a great buddy and a lot of fun.”

The Robgatta will be an opportunity for many local sailors to reminisce on their time sailing with Moore. More than 150 boats are expected to be on the line when racing kicks off around noon, conditions permitting. Numbers are up from the 127 boats that competed last year, and likewise, Richter has upped her fundraising goal to $50,000 after successfully bringing in $25,000 in 2013. All proceeds benefit Free to Breathe (formerly known as the National Lung Cancer Partnership), a 501 (c) (3) organization funding important lung cancer research.

A silent auction begins at 10 a.m. on race day with a live auction post racing featuring items from many local businesses and individuals.

“We’re really grateful to the help we’ve received to put this event on, and especially from our title sponsor this year, North Sails of Sausalito, which is huge,” Richter said.

Other local sponsors include Boardwalk Fitness in Tiburon, Book Passage and Marin Speaker Series.

Post racing festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with a band on the dock at CYC, free beer and pizza at 5 p.m., and a dinner buffet will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a distinguished speakers panel fresh from their respective 34th America’s Cup duties including: John Craig (Principal Race Officer, from Terra Linda); Stan Honey (Director of Technology and three-time Emmy winner); Kurt Jordan (Engineer, structural design and analysis for Oracle Team USA, from Mill Valley); and Dee Smith (Local knowledge for Emirates Team New Zealand, from Novato).

Trophies and special awards include best mustache, top performance by a women skipper, and best overall performance will be awarded the “Rob Moore Memorial Regatta, Summertime Dream Perpetual Trophy”.

Marin resident Michelle

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• Feb. 15
• Hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon
• In honor of Marin sailor Rob Moore, the Robgatta is a day of competitive racing for one-design and PHRF fleets, a distinguished panel of speakers, live and silent auctions to benefit Free to Breathe, trophies, and a buffet dinner.
• Event is open to all sailors and fleets. Registration and SIs are online at
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Providence Boat Show grows with new attractions, reinvigorated marketing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  At the conclusion of the Providence Boat show, held January 31 to February 2, Rob Lyons of Ocean House Marina walked out of the show having sold six new powerboats in the 20-foot range, four to new customers he met for the first time at the show; Bill Burke of Lakeview Marine tallied nine boat sales, with eight to new customers; and Steve Arnold of MarineMax had several boat sales, all to new customers. These sales records are rich rewards for powerboat dealers who invested time and marketing dollars in this indoor show, but they tell a deeper story: that the strategy of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), the show’s new owner, to change the configuration of this 20-year-old event so it casts a wider net into the boat-buying public is working.

“As a boat dealer, that’s the reason you invest in a boat show: it’s not to go and meet with your existing customers and close deals. It’s to meet new buyers …We were definitely happy after this year’s Providence show,” said Steve Arnold, general manager of MarineMax in Warwick (R.I.).

RIMTA purchased the Providence show this fall and had only 100 days to produce the event. It was a tall order for a small organization with limited show-management experience. But RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie hired a new management team and asked the industry to work with the organization to set the bar higher.

“We set out to transform this show, which is a staple on the winter show circuit, by breathing new life into it—by adding special events and personality appearances, strengthening the sailing component, and showcasing the boating lifestyle in the Ocean State to engage existing boaters and cultivate new ones,” said Mackie. “The game plan worked, but it is much bigger than  RIMTA’s success. It is the industry’s success.”

RIMTA’s rationale for this large undertaking is two-fold: to give local industry a venue to showcase their products in a way that inspires the boating public; and to support the sustainability of the organization with an event that can help fund the marketing, workforce-development, and advocacy efforts RIMTA does on the industry’s behalf.

A total of 9,600 people attended the show, and ticket revenue was up by 20% over last year’s show. All available space was sold out early, creating a waiting list for exhibitors, and revenue from space sales was up by 15%.

Eighteen sailboat brands were among the 84 boat brands on view at the show, and sailing exhibitors were equally pleased with their show results. “The show exceeded my expectations,” said Rob Lawnsby of Narragansett Sailing.

Lawnsby jump-started his sailing-school sales for the coming season, surpassing what he tallied last year at the same time. The West Wight Potter, a 19-foot pocket cruiser he brought to the show, also generated a healthy amount of interest among families and individuals looking for an affordable way to get involved in sailing.

A new Show Pavilion—which housed special activities such as sea-to-table cooking demonstrations, visits from personalities such as America’s Cup winner Rome Kirby, and interactive activities such as surf lessons on dry land—proved to be a popular hub of the show. The H20 Zone, another new addition, showcased small one-design sailboats with experts and was a go-to destination for sailing fans. The show also featured two seminar series, on Sport Fishing and Navigation Seamanship.

Two “Boats Work for Rhode Island” areas, sponsored by Jamestown Distributors, showcased Rhode Island’s marine career–training resources—including High School programs at Chariho, Warwick and Tiverton, and trade-school courses at IYRS and the New England Institute of Technology.

RIMTA will continue to work closely with the marine industry to improve the show; exhibitors will be surveyed this winter to gather ideas that can be incorporated into future plans for the event.

Sponsors of the Providence Boat Show included Kellogg Marine Supply, Starkweather Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Tasca Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, and Wild Things technical outerwear.

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Old Gaffers show their class

Some of the Old Gaffers make their way to Rockingham.
Paul Rickerts Some of the Old Gaffers make their way to Rockingham.

The waters of Mangles Bay were graced with the presence of some beautiful traditional sailing boats when members of the Old Gaffers Association of WA paid a visit to The Cruising Yacht Club on Saturday.

The gaff, gunter and lug-rigged boats, beautifully constructed out of timber, attracted a lot of interest when they lined up on the shores of Palm Beach. They also proved their seaworthiness by joining in the afternoon’s racing and sailing in the 20 to 25-knot sou-wester.

In fact, there were more retirements from the regular divisions than there were from these boats of yesteryear.

In Division 1, it was a visiting boat from East Fremantle, Romper Stomper skippered by Rob Brown, which showed the way to the other M27s that managed to finish the course.

The Yvonne fleet also struggled with the difficult conditions and only Dave Randall, sailing Dark and Stormy, crossed the finishing line.

Another visitor, Morning Melody, took out first and fastest in the Jib and Main Division.

In the Division 3 race, Ruffian was unstoppable, taking the honours from Phoenix and Anelaua.

Newcomer Trailblazer, skippered by Barrie Dimond, finished fourth.

The Old Gaffers were led home by Gryphon, from Matthew Flinders (second) and Wee Birlinn (third).

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