In her latest column, Jackie explains how all the boats in the New Zealand, Karapiro fleet have specific names.


The black boats of the New Zealand team have been called many names by commentators, coaches and athletes over the years, "The black ship", "the black bullet", "the tuxedo" (boats with a black canvas and white hull) and many others. But the boats in the New Zealand, Karapiro fleet back home all have specific names. Every NZ boat in the Rowing NZ shed is named after a place in New Zealand.

Our women's lightweight double, for example, was raced in Lucerne at the World Rowing Cup III and Bulgaria at the World Champs in 2018 before it was brought back to NZ. When it landed on Kiwi soil it was given the name Queenstown, after the town in the South Island.

The Queenstown is very special to me, I have rowed it for 6 years and was the first person to ever sit in the stroke seat. This boat has won a World Rowing Cup Silver, A-finalled at the World Rowing Championships, won multiple national medals and a national title, and has rowed on five different lakes. 

We’ve been through a lot. 


The NZ women's lightweight double boat which has been given the name 'Queenstown'.

Similarly the men’s pair, Kaitaia, also raced at the World Rowing Cups and World Rowing Championships in 2018 before it joined the NZ fleet at Karapiro. 

Because both of these boats raced in an international regatta, like many in our fleet, they have a World Rowing sticker with our country code NZL.

If you see us out racing or training during the domestic season, keep your eyes peeled for an international racing sticker and name of the boat to see if it’s a town you know!


An example of a boat from the NZ fleet with international racing sticker.

Here are some of the names of our Kiwi fleet:

Lightweight Women's Doubles: Queenstown and Tapu.

Lightweight Women's Singles: Alexandra and Turangi

Lightweight Men's Doubles: Gisbourne and Te Aroha

Lightweight Men's Singles: Levin and Te Rapa

Women's Doubles: Martinborough, Anakiwa and Fairlie

Women's Singles: Havelock, Pokeno and Waipu

Men's Doubles: Henley, Ohopo and Rakaia

Men's Singles: Orewa, Carterton and Papamoa

Men's Fours: Pukete, Halswell and Ranfurly 

Men's Pairs: Taupo, Haast and Kaitaia 

Women's Fours: Raglan, Hastings and Hunterville

Women's Pairs: Bulls, Russell and Taihape

Men's Eight: Dunsandel

Womens Eight: Pirongia

What place names do you think we should use for our next sets of boats? Any suggestions can be sent to