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Confirmed Dates for the Next Show!  4th & 5th March 2017 - See you there!!

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

Confirmed Dates for the Next Show!  4th & 5th March 2017 - See you there!!

The 17th NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show was held at Lake Rotoiti(SI) on Sat 5th & Sun 6th of March, 2016.
Thanks to all the boat owners who brought their beautiful craft and colourful conversation to the lake.  Congratulations to 2016 Jens Hansen Cup winner,  "Bel Air 111".  Follow this link to event photos shot by Alan Doak. https://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnylaveal/albums/72157663288454473 Here's a video link to an amazing story by Tracey Neal, as broadcast on Checkpoint.


A boat that set a world speed record in 1968 was back on the water to take the top prize at this year’s NZ Antique
 & Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park over the weekend. (March 5 and 6 2016).

Around 120 clinkers, steam launches, classic motorboats, sailing dinghies and their owners enjoyed two days of
boating and chatting about boats, with the Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall going to Bel Air III, owned
by the Knight family of Christchurch.

Peter Knight Snr built the 13ft 8in hydroplane from plywood and white pine in 1965. Powered by a Ford V6 Essex
 (Mark 4 Zephyr), Bel Air achieved several Australasian records in the late ‘60s and set a world record at Lake
 Ruataniwha in 1968 with a speed of 177.36mph. Bel Air was retired from racing in 1970 and ‘sat in the garage’
 until it was restored in 2015 by Peter Knight Jr.

Boat show organiser Pete Rainey said he is thrilled to announce that the Knights have decided to leave Bel Air III on
display in the Classic Boat Museum at St Arnaud.

“To have a world record holding hydroplane as part of the display will give the museum a boost as year round
 attraction,” he said. “The Knights’ generosity is typical of the spirit of sharing of know-how and experience that
 this boat show is all about. It’s been another fantastic weekend of sunny weather, happy crowds, excellent
 sailing conditions and great boating.”

Judges’ spokesman John Harris said the standard of boats at the 17th annual boat show was making his job difficult.

“It’s becoming very hard to judge when there are three or four boats in each category worthy of winning,” he said.
 “But people are not in it for the prizes, they’re in it for a great day of boating and I’d like to commend them all for
 their effort and enthusiasm for classic boats.”

The full list of awards made at the 2016 Antique and Classic Boat Show:

Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall :  Bel Air III, owned by the Knight family of Christchurch.

Best New Craft: 30ft replica ‘bootlegger’, Baby Thunder, owned by Bruce Judge of Wellington

Best Restoration: 18ft 1933 clinker Classy Lady, Wellington, restored in 2015 by Ian Stevens of Christchurch

Port Nelson House Parts best rowed craft: Four replica classic dories built for the youth of Marlborough, owned
and entered by the Picton Maritime Committee and shown by the Picton Girl Guides

CWF Hamilton trophy for best jet propelled boat: 19ft 1960’s jet boat Taranui owned by Newton King and
Nicky Murdoch of Nelson

Mathieson/Jeffcott trophy for best motor powered craft: In-board clinker Quadrille owned by James Carr
 of Blenheim

Best outboard motor boat: 14ft 1961 De Havilland Playboy, Zippa owned by Lance Tighe of Nelson

Eventiac best themed display: Model boat display, by Tony Rutledge of Wellington

Ron Culley trophy for best steamboat: 24ft steamboat Shona, owned by James Dyer of Nelson

People’s Choice: 14ft 1946 ply runabout Mooski owned by Nelson and Bev North of Blenheim 


More info:


Pete Rainey – 021 747 383