And the winner is…

“Bootlegger”, a mahogany chris-craft-type boat from Auckland and owned by Greg and Leigh Roy won the Jens Hansen Trophy as overall winner of the Antique and Classic Boat Show for 2009.

Bootlegger - Winner of the Jens Hansen Cup - NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

Bootlegger - Winner of the Jens Hansen Cup - NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

The boat took 5 years to build, but in that time two versions of the same design were under construction. One was the 18 foot V8 powered version that won today – the other was a 10 foot replica with a smaller powerplant that Greg built for his kids!

That’s dedication to your art. Or is it madness? I’ve got two sheets of marine ply in the garage ready for action – for me even one boat is daunting, let alone two.

Photos will be posted on my return late next week.

NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show 2009

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Antique and Classic Boat Show. Held at Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park this year saw a record number of entries – 120, up from the usual 80 odd. From Pete Rainey’s initial hunch that there would be other enthuiasts interested in getting together to look at boats this event has grown so big that overseas tourists have been known to plan their visit to New Zealand around this event.

This year boat enthusiasts came from as far north as Auckland and as far south as Invercargill. There was pretty much a craft for all tastes – from beautiful mahogany italian style river boats, to classic Hamilton jets, to seagull outboard motors. Michael Seresin, of Seresin Estate fame brought his twin V8 Riva. It was craned into the lake, very carefully.

The supreme winner will be announced at 9.20pm tonight. As official photographer I already know who will lift the Jens Hansen trophy – but my lips are sealed. More on that later.

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