Harbour regatta draws large crowds

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Mild weather drew a good crowd of mums, dads and kids to to Friendly Bay, Oamaru, yesterday for the annual Harbour Regatta.

From 1pm the crowd steadily built as spectators watched a series of events run by the Friendly Bay Boat Society as well as enjoying live music from Oamaru bands, The Cashtones and The Carpet Floor. Many stayed on to watch the annual Port FM Birdman Competition.

Donal Ferguson, of the Friendly Bay Boat Society, said they had good entries in the various events with contestants coming from Milton, Dunedin and Alexandra.

Jim Marr of Waihola won the first outboard race from Grant Jeffcoate, Alexandra, and Lindsay and Will Murray of Kakanui.

The open rowing race in the harbour went to John Baster (Oamaru), from Will Murray (Kakanui) and Mike Harris (Oamaru).

The North Otago Yacht and Powerboat Club held races over Saturday and Sunday as part of the regatta with the major prize at stake, the Terra Nova Trophy.

Kevin Murdoch said the club was pleased how the weekend’s racing went but bad weather on Friday meant big yachts could not come up from Dunedin.

“We were really lucky with the weather and we had a good breeze on Saturday and a 2to 3m swell running. There was a bit of damage yesterday (Saturday). Two big keelers hit each other and there was a wee bit of damage to one boat.”

Pick up Tuesday’s edition of the Oamaru Mail for the yachting results.

By CHRIS TOBIN

AWESOME: John Baster of Oamaru, middle, proved the master oarsman at the Oamaru Harbour Regatta yesterday. He won the open rowing race from Mike Harris, left, Oamaru, and Will Murray, Kakanui.

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN