2021 Lake Rotoiti Classic and Wooden Boat Parade – 175+ photos & videos

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24th LAKE ROTOITI CLASSIC & WOODEN BOAT PARADE – 175+ PHOTOS & VIDEOS


As promised todays WW story is a doozy, we travelled down to the lake very early on Saturday morning and were hosted by the clubs commodore Dave Wilson and wife Glenys, who own the magnificent 1947 Colin Wild built bridge-decker – Haumoana. The launch is kept at the end of the lawn at their lakeside property (photos below) – More details on Haumoana here https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/06/05/haumoana/

Dave lent me is ‘fishing boat’ – the f/glass runabout seen the photo below, to use as a photo boat for the parade – fingers crossed no one got a photo of me at the helm 😉


Close to 80 classic and wooden craft of all shapes and sizes – power, sail, oar and steam participated in the days events – starting with a parade that snakes around the waterfront properties and vantage points. Post parade every one heads off to Wairoa Bay for an old school boating picnic – being lake based, no issue with tides or anchoring, people just nudge up to the shore – perfect for checking out each others woody.

The afternoon activities had something for everyone – adults and kids activities (egg throwing, bucket diving for sweets etc) + lots of cool prizes to be won.Without a doubt its the best organised and executed boating event I have been to – very slick and the bonus – lots of nice friendly people – we like that 🙂


Enjoy the photos. As always – click photos to enlarge 😉 If I missed your boat, sorry but one boat and one camera can only be in so many places at one time  – next year.


Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade 2017 – 160+ photos

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Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade 2017 – 160+ photos

Another stunning long weekend weather wise & also on the woody front – this weekend I was down at Lake Rotoiti (Nth Island) for the annual classic & wooden boat parade. Holding hands again on the trip with Chris Miller. For the last few years we have positioned our selves in one shore based spot & snapped the boats as they have passed, this year we were very kindly offered the use of a RHIB to get out on the water & get amongst the fleet. The RHIB was provided by LRC&WB Association Rear Commodore Fraser Wilson, Fraser deserves a lot of credit for the above photos 🙂 . Given that CM is a professional photographer we decided that I would be the boat boy & helm the boat & CM would snap the photos, that was a good call because he is rather good 🙂
Being afloat meant that we could get a lot closer to the boats & the crews. So woodys the photos above are CM’s & below are a few of mine + a collection that I took while ashore for the post parade picnic.
I was asked to judge the awards for 7 categories, these awards are highly contested as they are only handed out every 5 years. The winners are featured at the end of todays story.
I would also like to like thank LRC&WB Commodore Grant Cossey for his help & support & as always the LRC&WB Secretary & event registrar – Rachel Jamieson, who is the real hero of this event & the association.
You can also view more on the event at CM’s blog – http://www.buggeritweareoff.com
Remember to click on photos to enlarge. Enjoy – we did 😉
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20th Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade 2017 Winners
BEST ORIGINAL WOODEN BOOT – CARVEL
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BEST ORIGINAL CLASSIC BOAT – WILD HORSES
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BEST CONVERSION – PIKO
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BEST DECORATED BOAT – HAUMOANA
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BEST DRESS CREW – ALBERTO
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BEST REPRODUCTION – SUZY Q
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MOST QUIRKY – MAGGIE
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Haumoana

Haumoana

Built in 1947 by Colin Wild. Pictured above at the 2014 Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat Parade. Haumoana is owned by Glenys & David Wilson & a recent arrival on the lake departing the Waitemata not long after the October 2012 Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition (photo below) . Speaking of which if I could remember who I learnt my copy of the excellent publication ‘The Colin Wild Story’, commissioned by Tony Stevenson & written by Harold Kidd, I would be able to tell you a lot more about Haumoana – I’m sure HDK will do the honors 🙂

Update from Harold Kidd

Ever the anorak.
HAUMOANA was built by Colin Wild in 1949 for C.F. & E.J. Clark of Warkworth. She is 30’x9’5″x4′ and originally had a 93hp Kermath petrol engine. The Clarks sold her in 1958 to Dr. W. Claude Horton of Auckland by when she had a 4 cylinder 60hp Ford diesel. Joint owners (or maybe subsequent owners) were Mr & Mrs Carl Meinhold. Dr. Horton registered her as a British Registered Ship under No. 315006. M Wilson of Paihia had her in 1973. I see she is now quoted with a loa of 34ft. Was she lengthened or did someone have an elastic tape-measure? Listed as 31′ in the Lake Rotoiti records. AH
Haumoana with her big sisters at the 2012 Classic Yacht & Launch Exhibition (L>R – Amakura II, Linda, Lady Gay, Haumoana)

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