Beach races at­tract big­ger crowds

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: GE­ORGE GARD­NER

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.

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