Cookson Boatbuilders were the winners of the Marine Trade Challenge held on Saturday at Westhaven, Auckland.
The National Marine Trades Challenge 2008 was held on Saturday 29 March at 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland. The boats built were paddled, sailed and outboarded around a course in the adjacent Westhaven bay.
The Marine Trades Challenge was created as a fun event for the marine industry's apprentices to show case their skills and knowledge in a reasonably competitive environment. Company based teams of four compete in building a boat and then racing it.
As the event has evolved and bigger prizes added, it has become fiercely contested. The winning team has represented NZ at the Sydney International Boat Show for the last four years and cleaned up every time!
A southern region event is held in Picton, in late January, and the winner qualifies a place at this event. This year’s team is from Wellington.
Teams are given a plan 15 minutes before the event starts and build a ‘one-design’ hull. They can innovate with sailing and paddling systems. They are judged on Quality of build, Worksite safety procedures, Innovation, Team spirit and support and their on-water performances.
18 teams of boatbuilding apprentices competed:
Alloy Yachts International - 3 teams Calibre Boats Cookson Boats Firebird Marine Fyran/Allan Tongs Boatbuilders Hakes Marine Harkin Boatbuilders Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders Partridge/Mercury Bay Boatbuilders/Mackay Boats Robinson Marine Interiors Salthouse Marine Group Southern Spars Vaudrey Miller Yachts - 2 teams Yachting Developments - 2 teams
2008 Marine Trade Challenge Results - Trophy Allocation and Placings Team Presentation/Support 10% 1st Cookson Boats 2nd Yachting Developments 16 3rd= Yachting Developments 15 and Firebird Marine
North Sails Trophy for Most Innovative Development 15% 1st Cookson 2nd Craig Partridge/Mercury Bay Boatyard and Mackay Boats 3rd Alloy Yachts 8
BITO Trophy for Worksite Safety and Cleanliness 15% 1st Firebird Marine 2nd Cookson Boats 3rd Fitzroy Engineering Group
37 South Trophy for Best Built Boat 30% 1st Vaudrey Miller 1 2nd Robinson Marine Interiors 3rd= Southern Spars and Alloy Yachts 7
Transpac Marine Trophy for Best on the Water Performance 30% 1st Cookson Boats 2nd Firebird Marine 3rd Yachting Developments 16
Fosters/Harken Trophy for 1st Overall and trip to compete in Australia 1st Cookson 2nd Firebird Marine 3rd Yachting Developments 16
High Modulus Trophy (For best performance by a first time entry team) - Cookson Boats Ltd
EAL Trophy (First non boatbuilding company) - Robinson Marine Interiors
MIA Trophy (Best Manager's Performance) - Anna Horne from Mercury Bay Boatyard - Manager of Craig Partridge, Mercury Bay Boatyard and Mackay Boats team
Thanks to the support of the many great sponsors, including: Makita Tools Boating New Zealand Magazine North Sails Sika Southern Spars High Modulus Yamaha International Paint Timspec Plytech Touch Of Gloss