Kapiti Observer : January 14th 2013
Libraries Heritage Arts www.kapiticoast.govt.nz Ph 296 4700 or 0800 486 486 5105244AA Looking for a great summer read? Take a look at the Bestseller collection at your library. These titles are available for hire at a fraction of the cost of buying, on a shorter loan so they will be on the shelf more often! Bestsellers cost $4.20 for a two week issue. Childrens Story and Craft Sessions Story and craft sessions are being held weekly throughout January at Ōtaki on Tuesdays, and Waikanae and Paekākāriki on Wednesdays. Paraparaumu Library sessions will be held on Thursday 17th and 24th January. All sessions begin at 2pm. Kids, come into one of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries to register for the Summer Reading Club. Keep reading over the long summer break and pick up rewards along the way. Report in and talk about your books to a librarian or one of the Friends of the Library four times and youll be invited to the grand fnale and prize-giving! You can also report in by email on the Kids Page on our website. Registrations for the Summer Reading Club can be made at any time, and the Club runs from 7th 31st January. Early Ōtaki looks at Ōtakis history from the Muaupoko to the development of the town. Open 10am to 2pm, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ōtaki Museum, 49 Main Street, Ōtaki. Visit Ōtaki Museum to see their latest exhibition A warm welcome to Lynley Barker, Gael Lamont, Emma Addington and Tracey Morgan who have joined the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries team. Meet our Librarians 4838516AA Online, 7 Days Get to the property e-book: www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Scroll down the page until you see Your Property Weekly then "click" to open the e-book. 4817286AB Yo u r Property Weekly Updated EVERY THURSDAY 14 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 14, 2013 SPORT RACING PRICE Kapiti's Ross Leger said the Clubmans class has made power boating affordable for new racers. ''You can walk into one, ready to race, for $1000 to $1200. A good second-hand one, on the trailer, everything ready to go. They're pretty cheap.'' Leger still has an edge on the water By JOEL MAXWELL and KELVIN TEIXEIRA Water speed: Kapiti's Ross Leger has won the 2013 North Island Clubmans powerboat racing title. Kapiti's Ross Leger has clinched a North Island power boating title for the second year running in one of the newest -- and most popular -- classes. Leger, driving Dire Straits, won the North Island Clubmans title at the Manawatu Power Boat Club's Gold Cup Regatta. He said the Clubmans class was introduced about two years ago as a cheap way for people to get into the sport. It's a smaller boat with a maxi- mum horsepower of 25hp. It's an affordable class, so it keeps it afford- able for everybody. Anyone can get into it and virtually just buy a second-hand boat, stock standard motor, so it doesn't become cheque- book racing.'' He said Clubmans class boats can reach speeds up to about 40 knots (72kmh) and the event featured two group races on the Manawatu River with 13 boats competing. The competition increased in the latest North Island champs for Leger, who won the previous year's title with relative ease. This time he scraped through on time difference after he and an Auck- land competitor each won a race. While the Clubmans do not come close to top level power boats -- with V8 engines and 200kmh-plus speeds -- Leger said there's still plenty of excitement. Especially when you're all head- ing into the first corner trying to get your nose in front. It's an exciting little class.'' Leger said the class has attracted plenty of female and young competi- tors with the races lasting about 15 minutes as the boats complete laps around buoys. Nationally we've probably got 40 boats . . . it's the largest class in New Zealand at the moment.'' Meanwhile work commitments mean Leger won't compete for the national title contested in Cromwell this year but he is keen to make next year's nationals. The South Island guys are pretty quick but I'm pretty confident I'll be in the mix somewhere.'' The Manawatu regatta is the club's major annual event, held on the Manawatu River at Whirokino, this year attracting a record 39 boats nationwide. The Gold Cup is one of the most prized trophies on the New Zealand power boat racing calendar. There was no result in that event this year with rain stopping racing after the first qualifying heat on the Sunday afternoon. Levin's Alan James came third in his hydroplane Dundeel, competing against 12 other boats for the Carl Augustin trophy.
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