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28/2/2011 - Manukau/Auckland Power Boat Club
Here is an update from Manukau/Auckland Power Boat Club EC Griffith Cup Regatta, Still no word on any Entries for the Event.

Accommodation: if you are looking for something close to the race site their are still some rooms
available behind the Landing Hotel which is across from the Onehunga Wharf (walking distance to the race site) the rooms are $130 per night you can Email: if you require a room.

Meals: The Mangere Boating Club will be open for cooked breakfast from 7.30-10am ($10.00)

Lunches available during the day:
Toasted Sandwiches $3.50
Hamburgers $4.00
Chips $2.00
Pies $2.00
Assorted Filled Rolls & Sandwiches $3.50

Full bar facilities available during the day.

Prize Giving both Saturday & Sunday in the Boating Club when the event has finished for the day.

If you Haven't entered yet please do so with John Weller. Make the effort to ring at this late stage.
Secretary : John Weller
7 Cleland Crescent
Blockhouse Bay
Tel / Fax (09) 6266279
Email: John Weller

15/2/2011 - Manawatu Power Boat Club

The River on Saturday was just perfect for racing all day, Here's hoping for similar conditions in 3 weeks Time.

Thompson Contracting were assisting with the digging to lay the new Power Cable. We were going to connect it to the cable that went out to the middle of the campground but some mongrels had dug it up and ripped it out. All that remains now is for the Powerboard to show up and connect the wires to the Pole. The Water Pipes were dug up and relaid and we will have a couple of taps on that, one of which will plug into the Portable Showers. We do recommend boiling the water just for safety reasons. A third Tap will go into a Water Heater for tea and coffee.
The grass will be mowed the week before by the Farmer. We will place the Marquee in front of the ruins where the Chiller will also be located. Portaloos are supplied some of which are only for use by the Women

Please Get your Entries in as soon as possible:
Entries for the North Island Series 3000 Title close on March 5th as per rule book. If there are not 5 Series 3000 entries received by then The Club will not run this Championship.

2011 Manawatu Goldcup Regatta Entry Form
Race Secretary Rachel Gapper
Ph (06) 367 8315
Mobile 021 298 5597
Email: Rachel Gapper

25/2/2011 - 2010 UIM GP World Champs
The 2010 UIM World GP Hydroplane Championships held on Lake Mulwala at Yarrawonga. See New Zealand take on Australia’s best for the number one title. It’s War on Water at 260kph.
Also see Australia’s best B.A.D. Boat drivers fight it out for the prestigious Marjorie Watson Trophy. With names like Palmer, Hodgson, Cross, Sheppard, Wyatt, Stanley, and Pugsley get set for some fast and furious racing. DVD Includes: UIM World GP Hydroplane Championships, Marjorie Watson Trophy, and Full Support Programme. Also features, onboard action, interviews, and pit footage.
Click the You Tube link see a Preview Clip and it takes you to Mike Smiths Video Page as well.

Email Mike Smith for Details. Other DVD's are also available.

23/2/2011 - 2010 UIM GP World Champs

Video clips of the Heats from Yarrawonga of the 2010 World Grand Prix Hydroplane Champs can be found by clicking on the You Tube Image.

23/2/2011 - Wellington Power Boat Club
Wellington Power Boat Club will not be holding there Closing Day this Year. Originally scheduled for April 9th the Club chose instead to run the Winter Cup at the Regatta this past weekend. There are plenty of other Videos to see as well.

22/2/2011 - Lakeland Power Boat Club
Lake Ngakuru Closing Day
16th & 17th April 2011

The Lakeland Club had a Meeting tonight and wish to advise that they will hold the Closing day at Ngakuru after all. It will be on the Weekend of April 16th - 17th, The easter weekend was not a viable option but plenty of support for the club to run was voiced. The Club would appreciate all entries in by April 2nd so that they can confirm there will be enough Boats to Hold the Weekend.
Camping is of course available at the the lake for a small donation. The campground has Toilets and a Gas Barbeque.

Secretary Noeline Steiner
PH (07) 886 8968
Fax (07) 886 9968
Mobile 027 869 644
Email: Noeline Steiner

21/2/2011 - Manawatu Power Boat Club
The Manawatu Power Boat Club wish to advise they are holding a Working Bee at the Regatta Campground on Saturday 26th February at 10am. A rather long Trench needs to be Dug for the New Power Cable and there's a bit of a tidy up needed. Bring a Lunch & Chair, Spade, Shovel, Boots, Gloves etc.
The Club will also take this time to have a Regatta Meeting after the Working Bee
All help gratefully Appreciated

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 2.40pm

The Gallery for Wellington's Regatta can be found Here
Sundays Pictures are being added to the Gallery Now.

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 2.15pm

Winter Cup last race of the day. with Scorpion in the field Rodney Wood was going to be pretty hard to head off and really only a mechanical breakdown was going to stop Rodney from taking the win. Ian Warmington in Razzle Dazzle drove well to head home Jeff Robinson in Star Trax. Coming Home in 4th place was Final Justice whom lead home DSR Racing who seems to have the F3 going a lot better. Both Brooster and Wild Thing Failed to Finish the Race.

Racing Finished for the Day, Prize Giving about 3pm

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 1.55pm

Race 4 was a handicap race with Scorpion starting last and catching the field quite fast DSR Racing which started on go but was running pretty slow by the race end. Star Trax and Final Justice battled it out for second place.

Race 5 another smaller field but good handicapping by the officials with Brooster and Wild Thing finishing close together just behind Wasted Nights, 15 Year old Kieran Buttimore secured his first podium finishing in 3rd with Allan Steiner in Misty Blue getting DQ.

Race 6 Hamish Buttimore had the Spark Lead fall of three times which ruined his race DSR Racing looked to finish ahead of Final Justice with Brooster also stopping on Course.

Winter Cup last of the day up next.

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 12.15pm

First Handicap race of the Day and while you can never tell who has broken there times it was clear Noeline broke the start by a good 20 seconds so she would have been DQ. Brooster judged the start to perfection and wasn't headed by the faster boats until lap 3, Star Trax, Wasted Nights and Razzle Dazzle all started together with Wild Thing whom only had to do 3 laps. Star Trax crossed the line first with Wasted Nights and Razzle Dazzle next followed by Brooster and Wild Thing.

Next up a Lunch and more Handicap races.

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 11.55am

Rodney Wood got "Scorpion" on the plane the new gears were better for the new prop. Tony Arthur looked to have a steering problem spinning out on lap 3. Armageddon came to a halt on turn 2 of the first lap and DSR Racing pulled out to the centre of the course on the Lap 2. That just left Final Justice to finish 2nd.

Next up a Handicap race for the Flattie's then lunch break and more handicap Racing.

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 11.40am

The flattie's just had a great race with Ian, Jeff & Evan swapping the lead. Ian having been to the McKinstry school of Driving hit the Buoy on the last turn and came second(unofficially) to Evan with Jeff in 3rd and Noeline also hitting the buoy in 4th next came Bruce and young Kieran finishing his first race ever in 6th place

20/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 9.35am

Another cracker of a day in Wellington today with the Tony Arthur "Fast FWD" & Scott Dennis "DSR Racing" arriving today. The two F2 Tunnels from Yesterday "Instigator" & "The Situation" wont be returning today haven't seen Tempo Too Team yet but Rodney Wood "Scorpion" has returned after changing the Gears in his boat and will hopefully get up on the plane with the new prop.
Will be a nice social Racing programme today

20/2/2011 - Graeme Sutherland
On 17th February a long time friend of our sport, Graeme Sutherland passed away in Wellington. The family have requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Mary Potter Hospice where Graeme had been cared for in his recent life.
The funeral is on Wednesday 23rd February in Wellington

A brief of Graeme Sutherland’s Offshore Racing Career
Graeme and his brother John raced offshore powerboats extensively in New Zealand in the early to mid 70’s. Their best known boat then was “Raro”, a triple rigged Formula 23. Graeme was elected President of the NZOPA and served the sport in this position for five years in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. Graeme’s family presented the prestigious “Sutherland Family Trophy” around this time and this trophy remains the premium award for the annual New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Drivers Championship. In 1981 Graeme purchased in the USA a 29ft Scarab powered by triple 240hp outboards. This boat was noted as the first offshore race boat to be built using Kevlar. It was named Continental Airlines and in November 1981 Graeme together with long time racing partner Kevin Green became the first New Zealander to win a World Offshore Powerboat Championship. That was the U.I.M. World Class 2 championship which was contested in Key West, USA. Following that the boat was shipped back to New Zealand and Graeme and Kevin raced it extensively in the NZ championship and the marathon events during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. In 1985 Graeme commissioned the building of a 41ft Apache boat to contest the 1986 Class One World Championship in Auckland, NZ. This boat was named Warlord. Following that event the boat was shipped back to the USA where Graeme and Kevin campaigned it on the gruelling USA offshore circuit during the 1987 – 1989 seasons. Graeme was a significant contributor to our sport both as a competitor and as an administrator.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta Prizegiving

Fusion Metals King of the Harbour.
Winner by Sam Hughes in "The Situation" looking to see if Steve had won this trophy before.

A rather subdued Prizegiving in front of a smallish crowd saw the presentation of the NI UU and Fusion Metals King of the Harbour Trophy as well as the Cheques for those in Attendance.
The North Island GNH was awarded on points to Brenden Hall in "Armageddon" as no other boats were able to start the last Heat.
The $100 Lucky Draw for The Boaties was won by Allan Steiner in "Misty Blue".
The Clubrooms will remain open for the Night as the Meal is now being served and for those whom wish to help support the Club by supporting the Bar.

19/2/2011 - Graeme Weller Article
New Zealand Herald Article - Powerboat racing: Hat trick delivers historic silverware haul Click here to Read the Article

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 3.20pm

The Gallery for Wellington's Regatta can be found Here
Once Racing has Finished for the Day.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 2.30pm

Race 6 Fusion Metals King of the Harbour.
Has been won by Sam Hughes in "The Situation" over Jamie Hargreaves in "Instigator" with Ian Warmington in "Razzle Dazzle" in 3rd.
It was a good race with a very tight battle in 3rd place with Jeff, Ian & Allan Racing very close and quite hard together.

Tomorrow racing will consist of mixed class handicapping to even the fields out.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 1.58pm

Race 5 Mixed Class Scratch Race
5 Starters in this race with Wasted Nights, Final Justice and Misty Blue all running close going in to turn 2 when things got a little tricky for Noeline as she very nearly got thrown out of Misty Blue. It Didn't slow Noeline down much as she drove hard the rest of the race to come home in 3rd place. Wasted Nights and Final Justice fought it out over the race distance with the Mod VP boat Final Justice coming in 2nd to Evan White in Wasted Nights. Brooster finished 4th with a misfiring Wild Thing this time driven by Hamish Buttimore coming home 5th.

Up next the Final race the Fusion Metals King of the Harbour.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 1.37pm

Race 4 was the NI UU Heat 1
8 starters and again Sam Hughes stormed away in the Lead all the way to Victory wrapping up the North Island Unlimited Unrestricted Title. In second place in the race was came Instigator which also gave him second place in the Championship. In third place after a torrid battle with Star Trax was Ian Warmington in Razzle Dazzle. 5th Place was a strong running Allan Stiener in Misty Blue who headed home Final Justice and Armageddon with Brooster bringing up the rear.

Official Results North Island UU:
1st Place Sam Hughes "The Situation"
2nd Place Jamie Hargreaves"Instigator"
3rd Place Ian Warmington "Razzle Dazzle"

A Mixed race up next and then the Fusion Metals King of the Harbour Race.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 1.15pm

Race 3 was the NI UU Heat 1
8 starters in the Race and The Situation opened up a lead from the get go to head into turn 1 in first place. Sam has the boat sitting nicely and won the race driving away from the field. In Second it was razzle dazzle trying to hold off Instigator but the nimble F2 boat proved too quick in the corners and took control to finish 2nd. Star Trax was in 4th ahead of Final Justice with Misty Blue coming in 6th. Misty blue was showered by Instigator in turn one shutting down the 3lt Toyota so Allan did well to catch up the pack and come home 6th. Brooster finished in 6th and Armageddon failed to finish.
The Hydros are not proving to be very reliable today at all.
Scorpion has water in the oil and is probably out for the Day.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 12.15pm

Race 2 was the NI GNH Heat 1
Tempo Too has pulled out just as the Race started with a broken Fuel Pump. leaving only Armageddon and Scorpion to start, On the Start Scorpion just would not get up on the plane and stayed bogged down the whole race unable to make an impression on Brenden Hall in Armageddon who won comfortably
Lunch Break is on at the Moment.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Regatta 11.45am

Race 1 was the Flattie's Series 3000/Prostock/Procom
Razzle Dazzle and Star Trax battled for the lead for the first two laps before Razzle Dazzle started to pull away with Star Trax falling back to be nearly caught on the line by Wasted Nights. Noeline Stiener in Misty Blue was in 4th heading home Brooster. kieran Buttimore a 4th Generation Driver in Wild Thing is learning the ropes fast but failed to finish still coming to grips with the boats engine and handling.
With a couple of the Hydros not showing up there are a few changes to the programme next up the NI GNH and then a Lunch Break.

19/2/2011 - Wellington Power Boat Club Regatta 9.15am

If the Morning is anything to go by then the water and weather will be a cracker of a day. Racing due to get underway at about 11am. So far 11 Boats have shown up with the notable exception of Kent Dunlop in Razors Edge whom discovered a crack in the No.7 bore on Thursday and has had to withdraw.
Boats to arrive so far:
Sam Hughes "The Situation"
Jamie Hargreaves "Instigator"
Jeff Robinson "Star Trax"
Evan White "Wasted Nights"
Ian Warmington "Razzle Dazzle"
Rodney Wood "Scorpion"

Noeline Stiener "Misty Blue"
Bruce Packer "Brooster"
Kieran Buttimore "Wild Thing"
Tracy Gapper "Tempo Too"
Brenden Hall "Armageddon"

There should be some good racing and plenty of Fun in both Handicap mixed Class racing and Scratch Racing. Will do updates throughout the Day and have the gallery up before Tea.
The Gallery for Wellington's Regatta can be found Here Once Racing has Finished for the Day.

Proposed Programme for the Day:
Race 1 NI GNH Heat 1
Race 2 Scratch Series 3000/Prostock
Race 3 NI UU Heat 1
Race 4 NI GNH Heat 2
Race 5 Series 3000/Prostock
Race 6 Mixed Handicap
Race 7 NI UU Heat 2
Race 8 Mixed Handicap
Race 9 Fusion Metals King of the Harbour

18/2/2011 - Wellington Power Boat Club Regatta
The weather today was described by some as near ideal for racing and more of the same is predicted for the next few days so the racing should be very good. The Wellington club hasn't released any information on those competing in the regatta, but none the less there should be some good racing by those attending.
Wellington Power Boat Regatta Information Page

18/2/2011 - Karapiro You Tube Clip

2011 Masport Cup - Karapiro NZ On Board Camera "Stealth" F1 Boat - Driver Steve Hughes with a modified Mercury racing against the bigger GP Boats

17/2/2011 - Manukau/Auckland Regatta
99th EC Griffith Cup Regatta
5th & 6th March 2011

EC Griffith Cup
North Island Formula Two
North Island Modified Hydroplane
Moult Gold Cup

Secretary : John Weller
7 Cleland Crescent
Blockhouse Bay
Tel / Fax (09) 6266279
Email: John Weller

15/2/2011 - Manawatu Regatta

19th & 20th March 2011

A full Race Programme will be available after entry closing date.

Manawatu Goldcup
North Island Series 3000
Carl Augustine Challenge Cup
Sally Nagel Memorial
Bob Dunlop Memorial
Ross Knight Open Hydro Cup
Scratch & Handicap racing for all classes

13/2/2011 - Lakeland Power Boat Club
The Lakeland Power Boat Club would like to advise that the Clubs Closing Day at Lake Ngakuru will not be held this Year. The Club were looking into possibly holding it at Easter but a poll of Drivers indicated that this was not a good time and so the club will not be running the traditional Closing Club Event for this Season

9/2/2011 - Karapiro You Tube Clip

2011 North Island F1 Title - Karapiro NZ On Board Camera "Kapiti Distributors" F1 Boat - Driver Philip Stilwell Powered by 2.0L Mercury Race Outboard Barrell Rolled a couple of laps into race.

8/2/2011 - Rotoiti Power Boat Club
The Rotoiti Power Boat Club would like to advise that the Club Days for 26th & 27th of February 2011 has had to be called off. The Club wish to Advise that they will be back next year with a Full on Regatta at Lake Rotoiti.

6/2/2011 - Karapiro Regatta
A good weekends racing was marred by an Incident to Steve Preece in the Demon Energy Boat, The NZPBA wishes Steve all the Best in his recovery. The weather was good and while some classes had small fields the racing was great. Congratulations to Graeme Weller and the "G-Force Team" for winning the Major Trophy's for the Weekend.

Some of the Results from the Karapiro Regatta.
The NZPBA Masport Cup:
1st - Graeme Weller "G-Force"
2nd - Steve Hughes "Stealth"
3rd - Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3"
The Australasian AE Baker Trophy:
1st - Graeme Weller "G-Force"
2nd - Steve Mathieson "Midnight"
3rd - Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3"

North Island Grand Prix:
1st - Graeme Weller "G-Force"
2nd - Steve Hughes "Stealth"
3rd - Ken Lupton "Annihilator 3"
North Island Formula One:
1st - Sam Hughes "The Situation"
2nd - Unknown at this time
3rd - Unknown at this time

Marsh Motorsports Trophy:
1st - Kevin Ireland "Challenger"
2nd - Nigel Zander "Helter Skelter"
3rd - Brenden Hall "Foreno Tapware"
Flamecrusher Trophy:
1st - Kevin Ireland "Challenger"
2nd - Steve Mathieson "Midnight"
3rd - Brenden Hall "Armageddon"

5/2/2011 - Karapiro Regatta
The NZPBA Masport Cup & North Island F1 Titles are being contested today at Karapiro and the AE Baker tomorrow. Modified Hydroplanes have the Marsh Motorsports and Flamecrusher trophy's to race for.

5/2/2011 - Melton Goldcup

For those not at Karapiro this weekend and with a Broadband Connection you can watch Live Stream Power Boat Racing Action from the 2011 Melton Gold Cup this weekend in Australia.
The live stream starts Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am Australian time weather permitting










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