Vintage boats mark new season

Roger Randall on his clinker with grandson Toby Randall. Photo: Supplied.

A small flotilla of classic boats took to the water to mark the start of a new season.

Members of the Picton Clinker & Classic Boat Club celebrated the start of warmer weather, taking their lovingly restored vessels up the Pelorus River from Havelock.

Known as the Ice Breaker, the annual trip marks the start of a series of monthly trips out and about in the Marlborough Sounds.

Club commodore Roger Randall, who joined the club three years ago, says the boats are named after the way they are built.

“It’s a method where the hull planks are overlapped.”

Based in Picton and meeting on the first Monday each month, the club has members from all walks of life, but the majority are retired.

But younger people enjoy it too, Roger says.

“It’s messing about on old boats. From the moment my grandson Toby first came out he was hooked – he thinks of it as his boat.”

Clinker, which can date back decades, can be borrowed from the club or new members can hitch a lift with others to give it a go.

The club ensures safe and interesting adventures on their runs.

“We’ve got members from all across the community and it really is good fun,” Roger says.

To find out more about the club, contact Roger on: 572 7172.

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