Beach races attract bigger crowds
People are getting ready for an annual event on Waiheke Island that is continuing to grow ever since it was established more than a century ago.
A day of fun-packed action is expected on Sunday at the Onetangi Beach Races organised by Waiheke Rotary.
Organiser Jon Ewer says it is one of the few remaining beach race events in New Zealand and gets more popular every year.
Last year, it attracted more than 6000 people, equivalent to threequarters of the resident population.
‘‘It’s become one of the best free family days out on the summer calendar,’’ Mr Ewer says.
‘‘And we’re proud to carry on hosting a traditional event that our great grandparents would have journeyed over from Auckland to enjoy.’’
The day features horse, silky, tractor and pony races as well as the new, popular Sealegs amphibious craft race.
There is a sandworks competition for the under-10s and The Big Dig from 10am. Participants are being invited to come dressed as pirates for the chance to win prizes.
There will also be an Under The Sea garden party for the same age group.
Men can muscle in on the tug of war, and ladies can dress up for the Fashion in the Field event.
There is plenty to see and do from 10am, with good eat and drink options from nearby cafes as well as food and refreshment stalls.
Race packs are $25 and there are nine tote tickets in each pack.
They can be bought on the day, with all proceeds going back to community causes.
The rain date is March 16.
Community event: Crowds are expected at the Onetangi Beach Races on Sunday. The fun starts at 10am. Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz to see a video of last year’s Onetangi Beach Races.