Cromwell regatta brings out sibling rivalry

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 15:29 29/11/2013
Keith Harvey
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Keith Harvey has a look the hydroplane boat called Renagade, which his son Shane will compete in at the annual boat Lake Dunstan Yacht and Powerboat Club regatta at Cromwell.

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The Harvey family are hoping they can make some waves in what is expected to be some blistering hydroplane racing tomorrow and Sunday at the Lake Dunstan Yacht and Powerboat Club regatta at Cromwell.

Sons Shane and Michael Harvey will race the boats while father Keith will oversee what is going on in their attempt to grab some more titles in the sport.

Shane, who is a member of the Southland Powerboat Club, will line up in the Renagade boat as he chases success in the South Island Grand National Hydroplane Class.

Michael, who is a member of the Lake Dunstan Powerboat Club, will line up in the Aquanaut boat that he won the New Zealand Grand National title in.

Keith said it was a nice family getaway but acknowledged there was plenty of competition on the water. "They're friends right up until the flag comes down and then they are rivals," he said this week.

Other boats and drivers to look out for over the weekend include Jamie Seaton in the boat called Low Blow, which is powered by a Chev big block engine.

Jason Haggerty will drive a boat called Miss Aberdeen, which has recently been imported from the United States which runs a Ford V8, while Alistair Gorrie's boat Thunderstruck, powered with Toyota V8, will be another contender.

Great viewing can be had at spots below Old Cromwell Town.

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- The Southland Times

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