Woman's skilful build wows judges

Blenheim woman Rosie Lees won the best overall vessel award at the New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show.
Alan Doak

Blenheim woman Rosie Lees won the best overall vessel award at the New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show.

A wooden speedboat, built from scratch by a 26-year-old Blenheim woman, has taken out top honours at the New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Rosie Lees entered her boat Summertime in the show at Lake Rotoiti, and sped away with the Jens Hansen Cup for best vessel overall.

One of the judges, John Harris, said he and fellow judge Ben Cox did not expect to see such high quality workmanship from the younger generation.

"It's great to see young people getting involved in the classic boat community, showing an interest in boating history and winning competitions with such skilful builds of wooden boats."

Lees, whose love for boating began when she was a toddler, featured in the Express last week where she shared her story about her passion for boats.

Three other boaties from Marlborough also won awards at the show. Best rowed craft was awarded to Maggie, owned by Picton man John McConway; best sail powered craft went to Boat 101, owned by Picton man Keith Hensen; and best steam boat was awarded to India, which is owned by Renwick man Rick Osborne.

Show organiser Pete Rainey said it was a great weekend and while the bad weather affected the turnout, a small crowd of mainly boat owners and die-hard enthusiasts did not give up.

"The weather came right in the afternoon and we got the boats on the lake, but didn't run any of the scheduled races."

But the good sunny weather returned on Sunday, he said.

"We had a good crowd of spectators for a great day of racing and general messing about in boats on the shore and on the lake."

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 - The Marlborough Express

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