Spring fling fun at Back­pad­dock Lakes

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It was a spring fling and a big splash at the same time as teams bat­tled it out in the first Back­pad­dock Lakes boat race in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay this month.

It was the lat­est in a . . . er . . . raft of in­no­va­tive events staged on the man-made wa­ter­course near Taka­pau since it opened six years ago, even if it was sparked by mem­o­ries of a once-pop­u­lar an­nual raft race on the Waipawa River.

The race was won by Lakes pro­pri­etor Trevor Row­lands and a crew of a son, a nephew and a niece, on a craft mod­i­fied from a minigolf green with a sail where the flag might have been.

There were five crews, but with the event barely over spec­ta­tors were al­ready draw­ing up plans for how to scut­tle the de­fend­ing cham­pion next time around.

From left, Oliver Keane, Cameron Rose, Phil Rose, Jay­din Rose and Lee Rose from Waipawa watch the raft race at Back­pad­dock Lakes.

Two Row­lands fam­ily teams en­tered the day’s rac­ing — this one came out a win­ner.

The Goonies team gets a push from a safety craft.

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