Speed boater claims New Zealand honours

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Oamaru speed boater Dave Goldie capped off a great season on the water this year by placing third in the New Zealand Boat Marathon season ending meet in Invercargill on Saturday.

Goldie was named the overall winner of the 225hp B Class section of the marathon.

The 300hp A Class boats and the B class all race at the same time, and Goldie and his crew Gary Storey and Lindsay Kyles were the first B class boat over the line.

Goldie was pleased with the performance of the team.

“I am very happy with our performance; throughout this season, we have raced really well,” Goldie said.

With Goldie being the only racer from Oamaru competing in the series, he felt more pressure on him to win.

“We are the only boat from Oamaru and felt we had to do the town proud.”

Since starting out as a speed boat racer eight years ago, Goldie has claimed the overall title twice, with this season’s success adding to the overall crown he won in 2011.

“I last won it three years ago, and I was very happy with all my form this year.”

Goldie feels the win in Oamaru was the key to him winning this year’s competition.

“The race here in Oamaru was a great one for my team as we managed to win the whole race and at the end of the day, the 225 points we gathered from this put us in front and the third placing at the weekend sealed it.”

Races are held over 100km and boats reach speeds of more than 100km/h

“We average about 110km/h in the B Class and A Class are around 125km/h.”

Goldie and his crew members are looking forward to next season and getting the chance to defend the title.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

WINNER: Dave Goldie in his boat  Smoking Heads, shows off the trophies and certificate he won after last weekend’s final round of the New Zealand Boat Marathon in Invercargill.