There was a bit of sadness in Napier's Carson family when Hawke's Bay's biggest powerboat was sold, but at least it's gone to a good home.
The sale of 32ft catamaran Red Steel to an Auckland family, effectively ended the big-boat racing career of driver Wayne Carson, and the big trips away for mum and dad Colleen and Ken.
"Mother was not happy," Mrs Carson said, describing the moment the news was broken by her son, who has twice been laurelled the New Zealand Drivers Champion in 25 seasons of national offshore series racing.
But she's pleased the boat's new team will be a family operation, building on the provincial Carson culture brought at the end of the 1980s to a series at the time largely seen as the playground of big-business Aucklanders.
Now Mrs Carson reckons she's lost her job as "Camp Mother," the name affectionately bestowed by other crews, in a sport where the family teams are now a regular feature, with Napier's race a must stop on their schedule.
She reckons husband Ken's lost his job too - he drove the truck towing the boy's boats on dozens of trips around the North Island, usually with the stipulation that he had it ready so they could leave on Thursdays so they could have time to enjoy the scenery on the away and relax once they got to the Saturday venues.
Tony Carson has raced six boats in the series over the years, his first national title in 1993 being the last time it was won in a monohull, an 18-footer only half the size of the usual winning boats.
He's also had six co-drivers, including wife Tricia, and Auckland-based brother Wayne, who has since been in more series winning boats than any other person in the history of the series, including a second national title with Tony in 1999, in their first catamaran.