Locals perform well at Friendly Bay regatta

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Sunday’s Oamaru Harbour Regatta continued the fine 130-year tradition of boat days and regattas at Friendly Bay with a strong turnout at the rescheduled event.

The regatta was postponed until Sunday due to blustery weather on the scheduled Waitangi Day meaning some were unable to attend.

An earlier start than planned was dictated by the tides but Sunday provided fine weather for both participants and spectators to enjoy.

The Seagull Outboard Motor races had a smaller field than previous years, but were once again a popular spectacle, while wind conditions were perfect for sailing, yet not too strong for rowing.

For the first time a race for stand-up paddleboards was held, which proved popular, drawing a field of eight entries.

Music was provided by Three Dollar Robot –¬†Jeff Mitchell, Eden Bradfield and Austen McMillan –¬†which entertained those in and out of the water.

The Scott Expedition Seagull Outboard Motor Race that covered two laps of the harbour was won by Brian Fisher, of Port Chalmers.

Dunedin’s Peter Broere placed second while Mike Harris was the best Oamaru had to offer, in third place.

The Sumpter Sailing Race, which was also two laps of the harbour, was won by local duo Sarah Plunket and Chris Mosedale, followed by Christchurch’s Nigel Cook.

The Great Oamaru Seagull Sprint ,which consisted of a lap of the harbour and a running finish on the beach, was also won by Brian Fisher.

Fisher then won the Great British Seagull Outboard Motor Endurance Race.

Mosgiel’s Peter Broere proved the fastest in the open class/mixed Friendly Bay Rowing Race while Mark Peninsky flew the flag for Oamaru by winning the inaugural Great No-Holds-Barred Stand-up Paddleboard Race.

By James Ford

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS – Graeme and Sarah Thorn of Oamaru in their yacht at the Oamaru Harbour Regatta on Sunday.