The Mahurangi Regatta celebrates 40 years of revival this year. The fun-filled day of sea and shore-based events kicks off at 11 a.m. at Sullivans Bay and is “a good old-fashioned, leave-your-wallet-at-home picnic regatta”, Mahurangi Action’s Cimino Cole says.
The first event of the day will be a stand-up paddle board relay race, thanks to a local paddleboard builder supplying half a dozen for shared use. Yacht races get underway at 1 p.m., twice around Saddle Island and back up the harbour to Scotts Landing. Take a picnic lunch to Tungutu Point for the most panoramic vantage from which to appreciate the more than 100 classic wooden boats.
On shore there’ll be sand sculpting, egg and spoon, sack and three-legged racing, with a water run, egg throwing, and tug of war to follow (and any other event suggested that seems a good idea at the time!).
Prize giving kicks off at 4 p.m. at Scotts Landing, and will be followed by the 18-piece West City Jazz Orchestra’s 1940s swing-era music get everyone dancing.
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