Spectacle of speed promised
Some boats will reach speeds of up to about 170kmh, so spectators are in for a treat when the New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission Series comes to Cromwell, the race convener says.
Featuring about 30 boats from across the country, the Lake Dunstan leg this Saturday and Sunday is the first meet of seven in the South Island this year.
Lake Dunstan Boat Club race convener Daniel Rule suggested spectators position themselves near the Cromwell bridge to see the boats in action.
Races would include a 100km marathon, a ‘‘fastest boat wins’’ race from the Clyde Dam to the Cromwell bridge and back, and a nominated speed race where ‘‘locals with a boat’’ could turn up with a ‘‘couple of crash helmets and a first aid kit’’ and compete.
The last race of the day will be an 80km water ski race with skiers being towed at up to 145kmh behind some boats.
On Sunday competitors will head to Lake Roxburgh for a ‘‘dam to dam ... as fast as you can’’ event followed by a water ski race.
Rule said spectators wanting to enjoy Sunday’s racing should find a spot near the Alexandra bridge. Racing is from 9am to 4pm.
Dougal Allan powers around the Challenge Wanaka course in February.