Picton Clinker & Classic Boat Club
ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW, LAKE ROTOITI (CANCELLED)
March is the time of the year when we look forward to going to the Classic Boat Show at Lake Rotoiti but due to Omicron spreading in the community, this year’s show was cancelled. However, some of our club members still went up for the weekend as they had booked baches and campsites.
LAKE ROTOROA RUN SATURDAY 5 MARCH
Saturday morning saw seven club boats arriving at the Lake Rotoroa boat ramp on a perfectly clear, calm day. As the boats were launched, interested public were commenting on our supercool craft and cameras were out in numbers.
Around 11.00am it was all aboard and with Kaiwaka in the lead we were on our way. Unfortunately, 'India', a steam powered craft, had to withdraw early in the run.
Each boat soon found its natural position in the fleet and the conditions were such that it was simply a matter of admiring the lake, mountains, forest and the other boats. Yes, we did that hard.
It is along way up Lake Rotoroa and we finally pulled into the jetty at D’Urville Hut, right by the mouth of the D’Urville River. We enjoyed lunch sitting under the trees near the hut, a very different lunch venue, then all too soon it was time to head home.
The crew of Nikau both had extended spells on the helm, and before long they both considered themselves old hands. Fine by the skipper, as he enjoyed the opportunity to have a good gaze around.
In the early evening as is the custom on boat show weekend, a group barbeque was held and the main campsite. Truly a great day out.
LAKE ROTOITI RUN SUNDAY 6 MARCH
After a great day out on Lake Rotoroa on Saturday, we were doing our usual Friday run before the boat show – our run up Lake Rotoiti. The day started with perfect conditions, and again 7 boats. Two from the previous day had returned home and 2 others had joined in for the day. We headed up the lake with a slightly building tail wind which gave the sailing craft a chance to catch up to the rest of the fleet.
We arrived at our usual lunch spot and found 3 other craft there. As it was still quite early for lunch we continued up to the head of the lake. With the freshening breeze one of the sailing fleet had a ‘whoopsie’ moment, which the group quickly had under control, and we were on our way back to our lunch stopAfter lunch we headed back to Kerr Bay with most boats choosing to go down the western shore.
With the usual great team work at the launching ramp all the boats were quickly retrieved and ready to head home. Overall, two great days boating.