Spec­ta­cle of speed promised

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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