NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show Lake Rotoiti Nelson

NZ Antique Classic Boat Show Lake Rotoiti Nelson –

Sunday’s sunshine proved to be the winner at the
13th New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show at Lake
Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park at the

While predictions of bad weather failed to deter
hardy boaties who turned out on Saturday, a much bigger
crowd on Sunday enjoyed the on-lake racing that was
rescheduled from Saturday, as well as on-land viewing of
classic steam boats and replicas, an extensive collection of
wooden boats from the Picton Clinker Club, sailing boats of
all ages and sizes, two spectacular 1940s’ Chris-Craft
racing runabouts, veteran Hamilton jets, lovingly crafted
cedar kayaks and funky old dinghies.

“We finally decided
the weather had settled enough on Saturday to let the boats
on the water at 2.30pm for a sail past, but it was too rough
and squally for racing,” said organiser Pete Rainey.
“Sunday was absolutely perfect, with a great crowd, a full
schedule of events and just enough breeze for the sailing

Prizes were given at an awards dinner at Rotoiti
Lodge on Saturday night, with the Jens Hansen Cup for best
vessel overall going to the 16 foot mini-tug Little Toot.
The fully functioning replica was designed by the owner,
Clinton Skelton of Nelson, built in 2008 in Valencia Spain
and shipped home this year.

Judges John Harris and Mick
Fone said Little Toot was a perfectly proportioned
‘tabloid’ version of a traditional working tug.

is robustly built but there has been great attention to
detail in the design and construction, everything is in
perfect proportion – they even have a miniature brass
cannon mounted on the gunnel.”

The award for best new
craft went to a 14’ 6” double-ended day sailer, just
completed and, owned by Gary Drummond of Motueka.

The Port
Nelson House Parts award for best rowing craft went to the
12’ clinker row boat, Maggie, owned by John McConway of

The CWF Hamilton Trophy for the best jet propelled
boat went to Butt, built in 1963 built and owned by Anthony
Connolly of Christchurch.

The Johnson Family Trophy for
the best sail-powered craft went to the 19’ mullet Naiad,
owned by Matthew Kidson of Nelson.

The best restoration
was awarded to the frostbite sailing dinghy Corsair owned by
Paul Baragwanath of Auckland.

The Mathieson Jeffcott
Trophy for the best motor powered craft went to Ross
Birchall of Rotorua for his English built aluminium
albatross class boat, built in 1953 for Sir William

The Eventiac prize for best themed display
went to the 6’6” motor-boat Tom Thumb and replica mini
Land Rover built by Ken Slade in the ‘60s and now owned by
Mike Slade of Auckland.

The Ron Culley Trophy for the best
steam boat went to the 17’ steam launch Janice, built by
Russell Ward in 2007 and owned by Janice Brent and Lynn
Winter of Murchison.

The People’s Choice Award, voted
for by the public, went to Johnny Malthus’ red and white
Chris-Craft racing runabout, My Love.

Special mention was
made by the judges of two matching Ian Oughtred sailing
dinghies brought up from Wanaka and named after the
grandmothers of the family, Granny Jan and Suzie Jo.


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