Picton Clinker & Classic Boat Club
Photos of Club Activities
A selection of images from the Club trips around Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
A trip out into Golden Bay from Kaiteriteri near Nelson, late Autumn or winter provides calm still conditions.
We frequently visit members workshops to inspect the various projects and share knowledge.
Monthly trips entail runs to new and unexplored parts of the country and idyllic bays throughout the Marlborough Sounds. Here the Club flagship, Ruru, a 96 year old restored clinker is braving fresh conditions on a run out to Skiddaw in the Kenepuru Sound. She handles the choppy conditions with aplomb.
One of the club favourite runs is up the Opawa River from the mouth into Cook Strait, about 10 km up through the Marlborough vineyards, to the center or Blenheim where we lunch at the Raupo Cafe situated beside the town basin. While we have lunch, Fred refuels his outboard with a novel method avoiding spilling any fuel.
ParaPara Inlet or Milnethorpe Estuary in Golden Bay Nelson is a lovely trip. We launch and leave from Collingwood and motor about 5 km down the coast to Para Inlet and the left photo shows the fleet entering the estuary and milling around. Safety is of prime concern and there is always a lead boat plus a tail end charlie to ensure the fleet stays together and safe. With these older craft, we sometimes experience engine problems but there is always a tow rope and plenty of laughs to make it a fun experience instead of a problem.
We locate a secure landing spot before having a picnic ashore.
The social side of the club picnics is a great time to catch up.
And thats what it's all about!