Top lake conditions greet boat racers

Totally Hot driver Paul Sexton takes off at the start of the nominated speed event in the New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission series on Lake Te Anau on Saturday.

LAKE Te Anau was full of action and high speeds during the New Zealand Boat Marathon last Saturday.

Gore Boat and Water Ski Club member and marathon convener Tony McDowall said conditions were excellent.

“Following the trend from last year, with fog delaying the start by at least an hour, starting at 12.”

No swell meant the fastest average speed of 150km/h was reached in the marathon by Craig Archer, of Whangaparoa, in his boat Gulfland Marine.

The Gore Boat and Water Ski Club-run event is held at Te Anau annually and is the third round of the New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission series.

The club had organised the time trial event on the circuit for many years and it was regarded as the best and biggest boat time trial in the South Island, McDowall said.

“We had 22 entries from all over the South Island and two from the North Island.

“We usually hold the final round which gets more entries but we were down 10 from last year.

“There were no incidents which is great, only a few boats broke down.”

After the fog lifted, the lake was calm, providing excellent conditions for the boat race, a managed speed race, nominated speed race and a drag race where boats started with engines off.

Despite fewer competitors, the day was a success with nearly everyone in nominated speed getting a prize thanks to the generous sponsors, McDowall said.