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NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti, South Island




Here are the results from the 20th Annual Show, Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd March, 2019.

(Photos in the Gallery now,  2020 dates coming here soon!)

The 1934 clinker Aurora that was used to carry explosives from the powder magazine on the Boulder Bank for

the construction of Rocks Road took out the top prize at the 20th NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show, held at

Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park over the weekend. (March 2 & 3)                                                        

There was perfect weather, a record crowd and an air of celebration for the 20th anniversary of the popular

event, with over 130 clinkers, steam launches, classic motorboats, sailing dinghies attracting over three

thousand boating fans over the weekend.                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                  Event director Pete Rainey said the Aurora captured the essence of the event as a boat with classic lines and a

story to tell. 

“Over the past 20 years the Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall has gone to all sorts of boats - from

perfectly restored craft to real workhorses of the sea,” he said. “Aurora is a great winner for our 20th year and

will be familiar to older Nelsonians – when her work as an explosives tender was done she became an

excursion boat for trips to Haulashore Island and the Lighthouse and was then handed over to the sea scouts.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                  Owner Dave Gollop says he was surprised to win, describing Aurora as a good honest workboat. The 20’10”

1934 clinker was built by Martin Monopoly, she’s taken me three years to restore and is now close to going

on the water.

“When I found her she was in a sorry state in an old shed in Hope but I didn’t even have to get out of the car

…this was exactly what I was looking for as a restoration project,” Dave Gollop says. “Everything was there

– I just had to source a motor suited to the period and make a rudder to what I thought would be the original

shape from old photos.”                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                   Pete Rainey said both days over the weekend had seen bigger crowds than usual at the Lake. 

“We’ve sailed on through some pretty poor weather in the past without ever cancelling so it was great for us to

have two perfect days,” he said. “There’s no doubt we have a winning formula with displays on the land in the morning and the opportunity to chat to boat owners, then races on the lake in the afternoon.” 

To celebrate the 20th show, a book of photos has been published. 

                                                                                                                                                                                     The other award winning boats were:                                                                                                                                             

Best New Craft: Troy Deavoll, Christchurch, 19’ Chris Craft

Best Restoration Prize: Russell & Janet Cloake, Mossburn, 12’ inboard dinghy Little Honey

Port Nelson Rowed Craft Trophy: Zonder Gifford, Nelson; 13’ self built dinghy

CWF Hamilton Jet Propelled Craft Trophy: Ed Wicken & Paul Mullen, Chch wooden hulled 1957 jet boat

Johnson Family Sail Powered Craft Trophy: Stephen Jarvis, Christchurch, 1930s clinker ketch

Mathieson Jeffcott Motor Powered Craft Trophy: Shane Warland, Nelson, 21’ diesel launch

Outboard Motor Boat Prize: Steve Pellet, Blenheim, 18’ 1963 Beattie cabin top

Ron Culley Steam Boat Trophy: Bob & Sue Hamlett, from Wellington for 1984 Royal Mail Steam Ship Flirt. 

More info:

Pete Rainey – 021 747 383