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By Merv Sowden

Against All Odds

Not knowing if we were going to have enough water to race on and with the local weather forecast predicting storms our weekend turned out pretty good. The Council are in the process of clearing the mud out of the far pond and have drained the water leaving us with just enough water to run our regatta on. Unfortunately vandals had knocked out some of the timber that governs the height of our racing water. Thanks to Phil for getting the timber replaced and shoring up the gate with extra timber we had enough water to race on. The weather behaved itself and the predicated storms turned into occasional showers with gusty winds but luckily the racing water was not affected too much by this.

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 guys for helping.

We had good attendances from the Bay of Plenty Club and it was good to see some old faces once again racing. A big thanks to John from The Taranaki Club for attending. John hasn’t missed a regatta for over 10yrs now….

We had the SUHA AGM on Saturday Night and Phil stepped down as Secretary/Treasurer and Chris was elected.  Phil was elected as Vice President. Phil and I were elected unanimously as Life Members. 

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, that soup was spot on for Saturday, Thanks Bev.

Winner Take All Finals are…….

1/8th nitro Seafair Trophy &  1/8th nitro Hi-Points Trophy,

EXECUTONE, Steve Trott

Scale 45 hydro and Hi-Points Trophy.

EXECUTONE, Steve Trott

1/8th FE hydro and Hi-Points Trophy

ELAM PLUS, Phil Woodham

Q Scale hydroplane and Hi-Points Trophy

PIN BALL WIZARD, Peter Anderson

Classic Gas hydroplane

ROCKSTAR, Dean Harris

Classic Gas hydroplane Hi-Points Trophy


P Hydro (FE)

MISS ADDI, Scott Woodham

P Hydro (FE) Hi-Points

LIL” SQUIRE, Phil Woodham


Well Done Guys

Below is the Concourse and Heat Winners

Concourse Hi Points - Don Horne Memorial

1/8th Nitro & FE

1st Albert Lee, 2nd Executone, 3rd equal Llumar Film & Oh Boy Oberto

Nitro 1/8th Scale Hydroplane

Heat Racing, 1st Executone, 2nd Oh Boy Oberto, 3rd Albert Lee

Concourse, 1st Albert Lee, 2nd Executone, 3rd  Oh Boy Oberto 

FE 1/8th Scale Hydroplane

Heat Racing, 1st Elam Plus, 2nd Llumar Film.

Concourse, 1stLlumar Film, 2ndElam Plus 


Scale 45

Heat Racing, 1st Lady Bug, 2nd Executone.

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

Q Hydro

Heat Racing, 1st Pin Ball Wizard, 2nd Llumar, 3rd Mad Science

Concourse, 1st Llumar, 2nd Pin Ball Wizard

Classic Petrol Hydro

Heat Racing, 1st Rockstar, 2nd Oh Boy Oberto, 3rd Rocket 2

Concourse 1st, Midnight Miss 2nd Executone, 3rd Old Ned,

P Hydro

Heat Racing, 1st Miss Addi, 2nd GP335 3rd Llumar Whip.

Concourse, 1st U1-Devil Woman, 2nd Lil Squire, 3rd Who-Dat


Photos from Saturday and Sunday taken by John & Merv











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