Girl power rules the waves


For the second year running a Mosgiel woman cleaned up all the blokes in Queenstown’s Historic Boatshed Dinghy Race and Classic Boat Regatta on Lake Wakatipu.

Addie Dale (right), a 34-year-old house dresser, won three races in her Seagull-powered boat Pebbles and came second in two others.

Dale says on handicap she had to start behind the other dozen boats, all skippered by men.

“I said, ‘I’m a girl, I already have a handicap’, but the organisers didn’t buy it.”

Dale says her father-in-law John Dale built four similar boats for his family but for some reason her motor performs better than the others.

Her 14-year-old nephew Adam, also from Mosgiel, finished second to Dale in two races, while husband Aaron, 39, was further back. “I always beat him,” adds Dale, who also had her six and seven-year-old sons Hunter and Taylor onboard for two races – the ones in which she finished runner-up.

The regatta raised $700 to restore the old slip and boatshed at Frankton Marina.


Down, Jerry, down – you’re blocking our view 

Fifteen-month-old poodles Cosette (obscured left) and Cleo lend their support to the classic boat regatta on board their owner Jerry Stockdale’s 1975 Century Coronado pleasure boat on Saturday.

Stockdale, an American who lives in Queenstown, says when a friend first saw him and his wife Sally with their new “girls”, she said: “Too bad, Jerry, you are losing your rank in the pecking order from second to fourth.”

Stockdale, who’s fighting proposed rules banning lifejackets, notes neither poodle wore one. “Good swimmers don’t need lifejackets.”