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December 30-31 2006
Manawatu was the place to be this New Years weekend for the
annual Gold Cup regatta. Good fields of Series 3000, Formula
3 and Mod H were in attendance but unfortunately the bigger
classes suffered with smaller numbers.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day but the dreaded Nor West
wind blew straight up the river against an outgoing tide and
never let up, the decision was made at 3.45pm to postpone
the North Island F3 and Carl Augustine Challenge Trophy (NZ
2litre Inboard Championship) to first thing Sunday morning,
and all other races programmed for Saturday cancelled. And
as per usual within an hour of the bar being open and with
most people packed up, the forecast southerly change arrived,
leaving the river in perfect condition for racing. Many racers
took this opportunity to test and get dialled in for the Sundays
An extremely early start on Sunday, saw the water open for
testing at 8.30am and racing underway by half 9.
First on the program was the North Island Formula 3 championship
which saw competitors from all over the North Island line
up with the starter and the first heat was won by Geoff Morrish
in “Sinista” ahead of Mark Patching in “Vindicator” and Damien
Kelly in “Enforca”. Both Brendan Cornes in “Total Chaos” and
Luke Dawson “Nova Lightning” had problems and finished the
heat a lap down on the leaders.
Heat 2 was a repeat of the first with “Sinista” and “Vindicator”
fighting for the win, ahead of “Enforca”. “Nova Lightning”
had a much better run and battled for the 3rd place with “Enforca”.
The NZ 2 litre inboard Championship the Carl Augustine Challenge
Trophy again had a great field of boats entered and was once
again led from start to finish by Steve Mathieson in the very
fast “Midnight”, 2nd across the line was Tracy Gapper driving
“Tempo Too” and Brodie Mathieson in “Meridian” was 3rd.
The local 3litre inboard open trophy race, the Sally Nagel
Memorial was again very well supported and qualifying heats
had to be run to find the fastest 6 boats for the final. The
finalists were “Buckshot”, “Tempest”, “Midnight”, “Going,
Going, Gone”, “Armageddon” and “Tempo Too” and their race
times were spread by a mere 17 seconds over the 4 lap qualifying
Into the first turn, Tony Hall in “Tempest” led the field,
but as he slid wide off the buoys, “Midnight”, “Buckshot”
and “Going, Going, Gone” all got inside him on the run down
the back straight, but “Tempest” wound up and passed them
all and was comfortably in front for turn 2 and was not challenged
again, and won the race comfortably as the battle for the
minor places raged behind him. Finishing in 2nd place was
John Hallet in “Buckshot” and in 3rd was Paul Robertson in
“Going, Going, Gone”.
Next on the program was the Bob Dunlop Memorial, the much
sought after trophy for the unlimited unrestricted V8 racing
runabouts and “Misty Blue” and “Wasted Nights” were neck and
neck for the first lap with “WarHorse” not far behind, sadly
with still two laps to run both “Misty Blue” and “WarHorse”
stopped on the course leaving Peter White in “Wasted Nights”
just needing to finish to take home his first major trophy
race with this boat, which he did with ease.
The Ross Knight Open Hydro Cup for unlimited hydroplane saw
National President and son of Ross, James Knight have his
first major race in his new boat “The Phantom”, and Wellingtons
Rodney Wood in “Scorpian” in their Grand National Hydroplanes
do battle with the likes of “Tempest” and “Midnight” on the
tight river track. And as hoped the race was spectacular as
the big V8 hydros ran side by side for the first lap, “The
Phantom” managed to put a few boat lengths on “Scorpian” as
Rod had trouble at the top end of the course and got in amongst
the willows on the exit of the upstream turn and came down
the front straight with branches attached to his rear wing.
Across the line was “The Phantom” was 1st, and the first ever
repeat winner of the cup, (James won the inaugural event in
2002), ahead of “Scorpian” in second, and “Midnight” in 3rd
Manawatu’s Oxford Hotel Gold Cup for the six fastest boats
and now in its 35th consecutive year would see the F1 tunnels
of Hamilton’s Allan Dennis in “California Girls” and 5 time
Gold Cup winner Steve Hughes in “Total Lubricants” line up
against the quick hydroplanes mentioned earlier. On an outgoing
tide and a slight southerly blowing, the water conditions
were near perfect as the Boyz Toyz 1880 start boat took the
field up under the bridge, and as expected Hughes in “Total
Lubricants” led the field down the front straight, but the
surprise was who was running next to him, locals “Tempest”
and “The Phantom” were right beside the F1 tunnel as they
came past the crowd. Out of the first turn and onto the back
straight away Hughes had it all his own way and would lead
the rest to the finish line for his 6th Gold Cup win and now
2nd equal with Ivan Pizzini on the all time winners list.
“California Girls” had a horrid start and got caught in the
rooster tails of the hydroplanes and arrived at the first
turn in 5th place, but within 2 laps had got past them as
he dove under them in the turns, and was soon up to second
place where he crossed for the chequered flag. In third place,
and the first time in years that a Manawatu boat finished
on the podium was James Knight in “The Phantom”, finishing
off a great weekend for him as he debuted his new boat.
All in all a successful weekend, with some exciting racing
and a crash free event on the river, and a great New Years
eve party to finish it all off.
Don’t forget to check out our gallery pages for pictures of
Day one is 'Placemakers NZ
National Power Boat Championships' sponsored by Placemakers.
Day two is 'Masterchill Masport Cup Regatta' sponsored by
Masterchill Timaru, specialists in heat pumps and refrigeration.
Day two also features Sth Island Pro Com Title, Sth Island
Mod H Title, Sth Island Mod VP Title, three rounds of F1 points,
three rounds of Mod H Top Gun Series plus all other class
Sponsors for this two day event are:-
3. Classic Hits
4. Stealth Performance Power Boats
5. Marine & Auto
Lake Ruataniwha Holiday Park, ph 03 435 0613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is right beside the lake and has great facilities.
Parklands Alpine Tourist Park, ph 03 435 0507 Local in Twizel
Omarama Hotel, ph 03 438 9713 Huge complex with excellent
restaurant and bar facilities, approx 20 minutes from Lake
The first big regatta of the
season for the North Island racers was at Wairarapa on 2-3
December, and unfortunately the early date ment a number of
boaties failed to get their gear ready in time. The highlight
of the regatta was to be the Matt Morrison Memorial and six
V8 boats and a fleet of Series 3000 boats had entered but
only three V8s fronted on the day. Tony McCaa made his debut
with the big blown 21 foot capsule boat "HiTension"
and Mike Denham in "Captain Manta" was ready to
defend the cup. Alan Stiener made the trek down from up north
with "Misty Blue" and hoped to be reliable, and
to keep the big block boats honest. Unfortunately the wind
coming in from the south kept the track rough enough that
only testing could be done, as race control were not willing
to start any races in the conditions. Both "Captain Manta"
and "HiTension" ran and chased tune ups, and both
got better with each run. All anticipated that these two going
head to head would be fantastic but it was not to be. Race
control held off for the conditions to get better but finally
had to call it a day and the decision was made for the MMM
to be the first race on Sundays program. Unfortunately Tony
McCaa could not stay for the Sundays racing and headed for
home so the anticipated race between Denham and McCaa never
Sunday with a slight northerly
breeze leaving the river near perfect for racing and the first
race of the day was heat 1 of the Matt Morrison Memorial,
which was won comfortably by Mike Denham in "Captain
Manta" ahead of Paul Robertson in "Going,Going,Gone"
and Malcolm Packer in "Miss Weta". The Mod H hydros
and F3 tunnel boats ran a race each before heat 2 of the Matt
Morrison Memorial and failing a break down it looked as tho
"Captain Manta" would successfully defend the NZUURR
Championship for his home club. Sadly as Mike headed past
the short course on the way up the back straight on the first
lap, at full noise the boat got lift off and blew over backwards
and tumbled end for end in a very violent crash. The rescue
crews moved quickly to rescue Mike and got him on a stretcher,
altho he was conscious and talking it was clear he was not
in a good way and the Paramedics went to work on assessing
his condition, at this time the decision was made to call
in the Westpac rescue helicopter and the paramedics prepared
Mike for his flight to Wellington Hospital. Once the helicopter
had left, the race control called for the drivers to re run
heat 2, but out of respect for Mike and his injuries all the
other competitors decided not to run. With the second heat
not having run a minimum 3/4s of the race, no placings were
given and the result of the first heat became the overall
result for the 06/07 Matt Morrison Memorial, meaning Mike
Denham in "Captain Manta" was awarded the win.
After loosing the first day
to the weather and the "Captain Manta" crash the
program was shortened ande some series races were dropped
and the clubs feature races were run. The Plywood Cup was
a hard fought battle and as I understand it a dead heat was
the result, between Malcolm Packer in "Miss Weta",
and Steve Mathieson in "Midnight" will share the
trophy. With Brodie Mathieson and "Meridian" in
The Flamecrusher Mod-H Cup
was led for a couple of laps by the trouble plaqued "Tempest"
and as it looked as tho all was back right with the boat it
unfortunately stopped, leaving the way open for Steve Mathieson
in "Midnight" to win the race and cup ahead of his
nephew Brodie Mathison in "Meridian" in 2nd, and
Tracy Gapper in "Tempo Too" finishing 3rd. The Barney
Rhodes Memorial for the fastest 6 boats on the day was won
by Paul Robertson in "Going Going Gone" in what
was probably the race of the weekend when for most of the
race Paul was obscured from the crowds view by the spray from
, "Tempo Too", "Midnight"and Meridian"
as all four raced for the lead. And the fore mentioned order
was how they finished.
The Santano Paints Trophy,
now for the second six fastest was won by Malcolm Packer in
"Miss Weta" ahead of Andrea Robinson in "Wild
Thing" and Bruce Packer in "Brooster". Check
our gallery for a few pics of the event as well as the TGR
and NZGP websites through our local links page for more info
and pics of the event.
first regatta of the new season for the North Island racers
is this coming weekend at Wairarapa, with a large number of
feature races on the program and a good number of boats entered
should see some great racing. The start of two drivers
club series, as well as the Matt Morrison Memorial (NZUURR
championship), the North Island Procom Title, Plywood Trophy
and the clubs local feature events, the Barney Rhodes Memorial
and Santano Paints Trophy.
Entries include last years Matt Morrison Memorial winner Mike
Denham and "Captain Manta" hoping to make it 2 in
a row but he will have to fend off the South Islanders who
are coming to challenge for the sought after trophy. John
Ryan with "Dancing Bear" and the big blown 21 foot
"Hi Tension" of Tony McCaa are both determined to
take the cup to the South Island.
Gary and soon to be Mrs. Tania Gregory have set up a website
to help promote their new boat, the Wellington Club, as well
as the sport in general and can be found on our local links
Entry forms for regattas are available online here and we
will have a page set up specific for them in the next little
while, in the meantime you will be able to find them here
on the news page.
Invercargill Sesquicentennial Regatta hosted by the Southland
Club with the support of their major sponsor the Invercargill
Licensing Trust Foundation held at Oreti River, Sandy Point
on 4 & 5 November 2006. Weather conditions: slight swell
South Island Championships for Grand National and Formula
3. 6 boats in Grand National and 5 in Formula 3.
Pugwash aka Kevin White, a crusty old boat racer from Riverton,
always willing to help other racers and a most deserving winner
of the South Island F3 in his inboard racing runabout Samarkand.
Shane Harvey (Invercargill) in "Eagle Rock" created
his own chances by biding his time while still keeping his
opponents aware of his presence with consistent lap times.
His sheer consistency and reliability by the end of the 2
heats had him at the top of the points table and a worthy
recipient of the South Island Grand National title.
Southlands big annual race, the Wes Varcoe Memorial was won
in fine style by Jeff Price from Christchurch in his newly
acquired Formula 1 tunnel "VDO". Second was Julian
Stilwell in "Resene".Third was Steve Pope in "Xfactor".
Several feature races and the South Island Pro Com championship
were unable to be held because of unfavourable weather conditions
on the Sunday.
Adding to Shane Harvey's weekend was the presentation of the
Ruddenklau Cup for most points for the regatta.
Other Southland Club competitors who showed good potential
for the coming season were James Seaton in "Mainland
Miss", Alistair Gorrie in "Thunderstruck",
Norm Butler in "Challenger", Mike Harvey in "Aquanaut",
Alan Ballantyne driving Ricky Mitchell's "Lil Devil",
Garth Funnell in "Outlaw" and Andrew Railton in
"Ascot Park Hotel". Other visiting competitors were
Craig Stevenson in "Kaos", John Ryan in "Dancing
Bear" and Darryl Friend in "Terminator".
Wellington Power Boat Club had their AGM recently and have
had a change around at the top table, their new Commodore
is Jeff Robinson, Secretary is Pamela Ford and the Club Captain
is Malcolm Packer.
Madison Blues is stepping up a class, the current Series 3000
national champion Mike Wotton is having a 6 litre chev built
and will compete this year in Pro Stock, the boat should be
ready in time for the Manawatu Gold Cup at New Years.
"VDO" has been sold and now resides in Christchurch.
Owner and driver of the quick Mod VP "Exported",
Jeff Price has purchased the boat and all the spares and will
step upto the F1 class. Jeff will change engines on the bullet
ski boat and run that in the Formula V class also so will
be in for a busy season.
The Wairarapa Power Boat Club, after some debate will run
its major regatta in early December and host the Matt Morrison
Memorial Cup, the NZUURR championship on the Ruamahunga River.
Entry forms will be out to clubs and drivers in the next few
Wellington will have its first club day of the new season
on Sunday the 12th of November at Porirua, scrutineering at
midday and racing starts at 2pm.
Southland Powerboat Club
Southland Power Boat Club invite boaties to attend our Invercargill
Sesquicentennial regatta on 4 & 5 November 2006 on Oreti
South Island Championships for Formula 3; Grand National and
Entry fees according to rulebook; postal address P.O. Box
Accommodation available at Clubrooms
Any enquiries to Brian or Rose at 03 2144006 or 021900611.
Regatta programme is as follows and may be altered by race
Race1 Invitation Inboard Outboard V/B Sealed Handicap
Race 2 Heat 1 South Island F3
J class or display
Race 3 Heat 1 Wes Varcoe Memorial O/B Open
Race 4 Heat 2 South Island F3
J class or display
Race 5 Invitation Sealed Handicap I/B Hydros;Heat 1 Phil Brown
Race 6 Clubmans Handicap
Race 7 Heat 1 Crosbie Shield
Race 8 Handicap Race (2nd 10)
Race 9 Heat 2 Crosbie Shield
Race 10 Invitation Scratch Race nonCrosbie Shield field
J class or display
Race 11 Inboard sealed Handicap
Race 12 Heat 2 Wes Varcoe Memorial O/B Open
Race 13 Heat 3 Crosbie Shield.
Race 1 Heat 1 South Island Procom
Race 2 Heat 1 South Island GN
Race 3 Outboard Invitation
Race 4 Handicap F3 etc
Race 5 Heat 2 South Island Procom
Race 6 Heat 2 South Island GN
Race 7 Invitation O/B Sealed Handicap.
Race 8 Invitation I/B
Race 9 Scratch Race F3 etc.
Race 10 Heat 1 King of Oyster beds
Race 11 Commodores Invitation ( next10)
Race 12 Heat 2 King of Oyster beds.
Racing at Lake Dunstan, Cromwell on 18 & 19 November.
Rose; the Secretary.
Geyserland Regatta Entry & Accommodation
few documents were sent in, one being accommodation available
for boaties for the weekend 13/14 January for Geyserland regatta.
map of Mangakino if you need to see where the places are,
the third is a copy of the Geyserland entry form for their
club day 5 November at Lake Maraetai
24th August 2006
We now have our forums open, so please log on and register and post any info
or discussion you want to get rolling.
The forums will have a members only area that will only be accesible to
registered owners, drivers and officials as well as a public discussion area
and maybe at a later date class specific threads.
Check out our eStore as there are a couple of new items for sale.
Our downloads page also has the new Boat rego, License application and
Drivers medical forms available for your use. Please check that you have the
correct address when sending stuff, new addresses are with the forms and
also on our updated contacts page.
Drivers clubs AGMs for Series 3000, Grand National and GP, will all be held
on Saturday the 26th of September in Taupo, Modified Hydroplane drivers club
will meet on October 7th for their AGM also in Taupo. Please check with the
respective drivers club secretaries for the start times and venue if you
wish to attend.
Tsunami Insurance Joint Do
Friday 11 August – 7.30pm onwards
Joint do between Wgtn Power Boat Club and Capital Rodders
Entry – everyone bring a mystery parcel worth between $5 and
$50 to auction
Bring something for supper. Bring a friend if you have one.
The NZPBA held its 59th Annual General Meeting on the weekend
of July 29-30th in Wellington at the Brentwood Lodge, in Kilbirnie.
Race dates were set for the coming season and will be up on
this website soon so please check the Race Calendar page for
New officials were voted into the following positions. Malcolm
Wotton of Rotorua has filled the position of Vice President,
vacated after the passing of Brian Denham, and Raewyn Palmer
of Wellington is the new Secretary, replacing Peter McLeod,
and they were joined on the top table by Tony Latimer who has
replaced Kent Dunlop as Central Zone delegate and Dennis Dustin
has now moved from acting Secretary to be a Northern Zone delegate
in place of Geoff Robinson.
Prize giving saw presentations made to Scott Coker, the driver
of "Fair Warning" for his kilo speed of 138.04mph,
making him the 18th member of the 200kph Jim Beam Drivers Club.
"Total Lubricants" F1 driver Steve Hughes was awarded
the Glenvale Driver of the year for the most wins in National
and Island championships, and Allan Dennis driver of "California
Girls" was awarded the DK Racing trophy for winning the
NZF1 Drivers Series, congrats to these competitors for their
successes over the last season.
Back Row: Shirley Wotton, Raewyn Palmer, Ken Marshall, Allan
Dennis, Tony Latimer
Front Row: Malcolm Wotton, James Knight, Bernie Walsh, John
Ryan, Ben Ryan, Dennis Dustin
NZPBA Executive and Club Delegates
2006 EC Griffiths Cup
EC Griffiths Cup will screen on Sky TV this week in the following
Wednesday 2nd Aug/06 - 10.30pm - SKY Sport 1
Thursday 4th Aug/06 - 12.30am - SKY Sport 1
Friday 5th Aug/06 - 8.00pm - SKY Sport 2
Sunday7th Aug/06 - 2.30am - SKY Sport 2
3000 Drivers AGM
The Series 3000 Drivers Club
AGM is to be held at The Suncourt Motor Hotel on Saturday
26th August, 2006 at 2.30 pm in Lemuels Conference rooms,
same venue as last year.
Apologies to the secretary:
30 Franklyn Road
Ph 04 232 4585 / 027 269
1223 or email Andrea.Robinson@ccdhb.org.nz
Powerboat Regatta Televising Gates
Sky TV will televise the Auckland/Manukau
Swashbucklers VB Powerboat Regatta from Mangere Bridge at
the following times.
27th April 1700 Sky 1
28th April 2130 Sky 3
29th April 1800 Sky 2
30th April 1230 Sky 1
8th May 0630 Sky 2
13th May 0600 Sky 2
Set your video recorders and be sure to catch it.
Formula 3 Series @ Wellington
Also at the Wellington regatta the F3 Drivers Series had its
final round of racing and the drivers were awarded their final
placing plaques. The SST60 class was this year proudly supported
by Westview Aluminium Ltd and the SST45 class by Mobil Warkworth.
Our thanks go out to these sponsors for there support of a
class that truly showed some fantastic racing and also brought
some new talent to the sport in the form of some young and
enthusiastic drivers. The series was very competitive
and the points went down to the wire, particularly in the
45 class as this went right down to the final race.
CLASS 2 (SST45)
1st Too Keane Garin Keane
2nd Black Thunder Josh Preece
3rd DuPont Philip Stilwell
4th Swashbuckler Travis Robertson
5th Wild Thing Grant Pedder
6th Suzie 4 Dale Prendergast
1st Sinista Geoff Morrish
2nd Black Thunder Josh Preece
3rd Instigator Jamie Hargraves
4th DuPont Philip Stilwell
5th Velocity Scott Dennis
6th Strikezone Peter Swinkels
7th Total Kaos Brendon Cornes
8th Disturbed Daniel Mooney
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