Media Release – female and teen winners surprise judges at Antique and Classic Boat Show
The weekend’s Antique & Classic Boat Show at Lake Rotoiti had its first female winner of the top prize, with the
Jens Hansen Cup for the Best Vessel Overall going to the classy runabout, Summertime, owned and built by
Rosie Lees of Blenheim.
Lees says she saw a boat of this design, ‘Fullafun’ at the Boat Show in 2012 and started looking on Trademe
for something similar.
“I showed a family friend, Frank Pelin, some photos of ‘Fullafun’ and he recognised it as a Venturer, one of
his designs,” she says. “I didn’t have any luck buying something similar on Trademe, but I did find Venturer
plans and built the boat with my father’s help at our boatyard at Sandspit, Warkworth.”
Ms Lees (26) works in environmental monitoring for the Marlborough District Council.
Youth was also to the fore in the other top boat – the winner of People’s Choice and Best New Craft, Mrs Robinson,
owned by 14-year-old Oli Malthus of Wellington. He built the smart red and white 9’10” hydroplane to the Jupiter
design last year as a year-10 school project. This type of boat, designed by Hal Kelly, was a popular racer in
New Zealand in the 50s through to the early 70s, and in 1963 reached 79mph to set an Australian speed record for
Judges Ben Cox and John Harris paid tribute to the dedication that had gone into the new builds and restored craft
Harris said the age of the owner-builders of the top two boats came as surprise: “To be honest we wouldn’t expect
boats to be built to such a high standard by the younger generation. It’s great to see young people getting involved
in the classic boat community, showing an interest in boating history and winning competitions with such skilful
builds of wooden boats.”
Organiser Pete Rainey said the weather affected turnout, though the show did go ahead on Saturday in heavy
showers, with a small crowd of mainly boat owners and die-hard enthusiasts.
“The weather came right in the afternoon and we got the boats on the lake but didn’t run any of the scheduled
races,” he said. “Then yesterday (Sunday) the summer weather returned and we had a good crowd of
spectators for a great day of racing and general ‘messing about in boats’ on the shore and on the lake.”
The full list of awards made at the Antique and Classic Boat Show:
Best New Craft: Mrs Robinson, owned by Oli Malthus of Wellington;
Best Restoration: Svago, owned by Mark O’Neill of Nelson;
Port Nelson House Parts: Best Rowed Craft, Maggie, owned by John McConway of Picton;
CWF Hamilton Trophy for the Best Jet Propelled Craft: Impulse II, owned by Matt Wicken of Christchurch;
Johnson Family Trophy for the Best Sail Powered Craft: Boat 101, owned by Keith Hensen of Picton;
Mathieson Jeffcott Trophy for the Best Motor Powered Craft: Principessa, owned by Philip Andrew of Wellingon;
Best Outboard Motor Boat: Keeper, owned by Todd Johnson of Leithfeild, Canterbury;
Eventiac Award for the Best Themed Display: PT109, owned by Michael Sharratt of Christchurch;
Ron Culley Trophy for the Best Steam Boat: India, owned by Rick Osborne of Renwick;
People’s Choice, voted for on the day: Mrs Robinson, owned by Oli Malthus of Wellington;
Jens Hansen Cup for the Best Vessel Overall: Summertime, owned by Rosie Lees of Blenheim.
Pete Rainey – 021 747 383
Rosie Lees - 021 139 9155
John Harris - 54 88 676
Oli Malthus - 021 423 401 or 04 384 8455
Other winners contacts & pix on request. Please credit pix to Alan Doak