NZ JET BOAT MARATHON14.11.2018
By Lucinda Jarvis.
The 2018 New Zealand, Jet Boat Marathon competition was held from October, 30th to November, 3rd, this event drew out jet boating enthusiasts from all over to compete and watch this adrenaline packed sport. The competition had a few legs and covered the Waiau, Buller, Grey, Rakaia, Taramakau and Waimakariri Rivers. There were many highs and lows for competitors throughout the competition.
Two Selwyn locals from Darfield, Gareth Munro and Andy Munro had a great competition finishing second in the Hunting and Fishing – A Class, second overall in the piston powered boat, out of nineteen boats and finishing fifth overall out of twenty four boats. Gareth was the driver of their boat and Andy did the navigating. This team had a few highlights along the way, they finished every leg of the race clean with no mechanical or drive errors resulting in dry feet every day, the long workdays and weekends preparing for this competition paid off for this duo. They also commented, that they loved racing on rivers that were new to them. The team aimed to finish in the top three placings so they were ecstatic with finishing second overall in the piston powered boat. “Our goal for the week was to be consistent and tidy in our driving, also to keep working up the overall placings and to hold our place in A Class, this plan worked out well for us,” said Gareth.
Over recent years marathon racing has seen the introduction of Helicopter Jet turbine powered boats racing in unlimited class. There were five entered in this marathon, these boats are fast and reliable. “Therefore the piston trophy is so important to our team as we will most likely never be able to compete with these boats,,” commented Gareth.
River racing is a pure adrenaline rush sport, where race boats navigate the challenging waterways of New Zealand at speeds of up to 140mph. Nerves of steel and total mechanical reliability are essential to succeed in one of the most challenging action packed sports around.