Spring fling fun at Backpaddock Lakes
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.