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By Merv Sowden


As we have been doing for a few years now we have combined The Seafair Trophy with the Manukau Club Champs. Without the host Club help with the pitting and doing other mediocre tasks, this event would not be able to run….Thanks MMPBC.

Maybe the other Host Clubs could also run a Club Champs to help bring in more support from their Club Members. It was good to see some visitors from the BOP and Naki Clubs.

The weekend weather forecasts didn’t look brilliant and stood up to its forecast with a cold drizzle for most of Saturday and blustery winds for Sunday. We did try a race on Sunday and it was so windy that no boats finished the first race with several boats been flipped over by the rough water or wind. It was decided as most races on Saturday were completed that the Seafair Trophy for the 1/8th nitros will now be run in combination with the Diamond Cup at Taranaki in August.

Back to Saturday, though it was drizzling most of the day we got through the days racing by 4pm. Most competitors had a Gazebo of sorts and there was a sea of umbrellas floating around keeping the drivers and radio gear dry and the racing water was flat!

Racing was fast and competitive and no inch was given and though there were some close calls, mainly in the MMPBC racing, no boats were seriously damaged.  This was also for some MMPBC Members their first ever Regatta, so well done Lads!

We had the SUHA AGM on Saturday Night and John stepped down as President and I was promptly elected as President with Chris Breen as my Vice President.  A thanks was given to the out going Executives.

On Sunday as I mentioned before racing was abandoned so after the first attempted race we packed up and had Prize Giving at Phil’s place.

This year we ran the concourse judging for all classes of boats, with the points from each regatta going towards the end of year Hi-Points. The Nitro & FE 1/8th Scale Hydros have the Don Horne Memorial Cup to content for. Full Concourse placing for the other classes will be presented at the conclusion of the Seafair Trophy at Taranaki in August. ( Hi-Points for the seasons racing has been updated on our website except the 1/8th nitros.)

A big Thank You must also be given to Bev for her behind the scenes work that she does to help to keep the SUHA events working smoothly, Thanks Bev.

We had a couple of photographers from the Manukau Club, Martin Moore and Robin Ducker and below are a few of their shoots from Saturday… Thanks Guys.

It was a pity about the weather, but at least we had a bit of fun!

See you at Naki in August…


Results for the Classes completed.


Concourse Hi Points - Don Horne Memorial

1/8th Nitro & FE

1st equal, Peters & May and Albert Lee


FE 1/8th Scale Hydroplane

Heat Racing, 1st Peters & May, 2nd ElamPlus, Llumar Film.

Concourse, 1st Peters & May, 2nd Llumar Film.


Scale 45

Final, 1st Lady Bug, 2nd Executone.

Concourse, 1st Executone, 2nd Lady Bug, 3rd Rite On.


Q Hydro

Heat Racing, 1st Llumar, 2nd Oh Boy!

Concourse, 1st Llumar, 2nd Oh Boy!


Classic Petrol Hydro

Final, 1st Executone, 2nd Old Ned.

Concourse 1st, Old Ned, 2nd Betty Boop, 3rd Executone, 4th Miss Coruba


P Hydro

Heat Racing, 1st Miss Addi, 2nd Who-Dat?, 3rd Miss Supreme.

Concourse, 1st Miss Supreme, 2nd Who-Dat?, 3rd Miss Addi







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