Boat show revved up rain or shine


The Nelson classic boat show is due to go ahead this weekend rain or shine.

Organiser Pete Rainey says although the forecast is for rain it wont stop the event going ahead.

“We’ll be set up for boat displays on shore in the morning, and will launch the boats in the afternoon if the weather permits,” he said. “The judging and the dinner at the Alpine Lodge will go ahead no matter what and the good news is that at this stage, Sunday’s weather looks like a return to perfect summer conditions.”

Prizes for the boat show include the Jens Hansen Trophy, awarded for good looks, craftsmanship and the boat’s history, best new restoration, best steamboat, best jet-propelled craft and best themed display, as well as races in different craft categories.

All boats will be checked for noxious weeds and oil leaks before entering as a precaution to safeguard the natural environment.

the Nelson Lakes classic boat museum in St Arnaud is set as an alternative venue and includes a new cutter, Resolution, gifted to the museum by Outwood Bound.

“It’s a 32ft kauri replica of Captain Cook’s cutters, built in 1976 for the Outward Bound fleet,” Rainey says. “It’s a spectacular vessel for its scale, its history and its workmanship – our plan is to have it restored, surveyed and available for community groups to use.”

More information on the event can be found in it’s webpage.