Home' Bay Chronicle : April 28th 2011 Contents Annual yacht race
finally takes place
Winners: Ron Cooke and Dale Dobbs receive their prize.
Good work: Chris Smith off Jagged Edge.
Bay of Islands' Yacht Club's
44th annual yacht race from
Waitangi to Whangaroa was
not held in January this year
because of Cyclone Wilma.
Saturday it did happen.
Under a cloudy patchwork
sky and with a brisk North
East breeze, a stalwart of
nine yachts began the race.
With colourful encourage-
ment coming from one of the
multihulls, before the start
line, it was a tacking duel to
the Nine Pin.
Once around the Nine Pin,
with eased sheets, the con-
ditions were exceptional for
this annual coastal yacht
Heading into the
Whangaroa Harbour, fickle
winds hampered an exciting
Ambling over the finish
line was Titinui, the first boat
home, with exciting tales of
having reached the speed of
18 knots before reaching the
Titan followed with a fine
gennaker run with the rest of
the fleet following, although
well spread out.
It was a pleasure to see the
next generation of sailors
involved in the race with
Chris Smith sailing on Jag-
ged Edge and Rebecca
Hornell sailing on Titan.
The atmosphere at the
Marlin Hotel was electric
with yet another fabulous
meal from Luke's Cafe, fol-
lowed by the event
This year the 2HP Yamaha
sponsored by T W Grant
Insurance Brokers was won
by Ron Cooke on Second
Line honours: Paul Smith
First on handicap: Hans
Smith on Jagged Edge.
Cruising division: Vicky
Houry on Spray.
Multihull division: Joy Sut-
ton on Titinui.
In January 2012 the 45th
Waitangi to Whangaroa Race
will be held in its normal time
slot in January on Northland
Events for the Christchurch
Ambrose golf tournament --
dinner and auction at the Bay of
Islands Golf Club Kerikeri on May 6.
The club hopes to attract a field of
180 players -- cost of entry is $300
per team of six players or $50 for
individual players. About 150 are
expected to attend the dinner and
auction -- $50 per person. Contact
Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone
Shagadelics 60s Dance Party
May 14, 7pm-midnight, at The
Turner Centre, Kerikeri. Tickets $30,
full bar facilities, supper provided.
Tickets from The Turner Centre, LJ
Hooker, Northland Hair Company.
Top Energy Northern Crossing, May
7, a coast-to-coast multi-sport race
from the Hokianga Harbour to the
Kerikeri Basin has the potential to
become a major fixture on
Northland's sporting calendar.
Individuals and teams competing in
the challenge will run 9km from
South Head to Opononi, kayak
18km to Rawene, cycle 71km to
Waipapa via Kaikohe and run 8km
to the Stone Store. The duathlon will
follow a similar route, but does not
include a kayak leg. To register go to
Bay of Islands Country Rock
Festival, May 13-15, more than 45
acts from New Zealand, Nashville
and Australia performing at multiple
venues. Street music and line
dancing are also popular features.
Contact: Shirley May on
027-235-0106 or email
email@example.com or go to
Puff and Pull Carnival, Kawakawa,
May 22, 8am. The day starts with a
sponsored walk, Trek the Track, for
about 600 school children. This is
followed by the feature event of the
day, in which teams of children and
adults compete for two trophies to
pull the vintage steam engine
Gabriel the length of the main
street. It is a wildly exciting event
and totally unique in the world.
Following the pulling events,
activities shift to Johnson Park
where stalls and entertainment is
highlighted by performances of
music and dance by local schools.
This is a day for the whole family to
enjoy, and to support the Bay of
Islands Vintage Railway.
Paihia fun run, May 29 Carters
sponsors the 8km run and 6km
walk, starting on Marsden Rd, next
to the Paihia Village Green and
continue through the Waitangi
Treaty Grounds. Lots of great spot
prizes. Phone (09) 437- 9600 or
email sportnorth@sport north.co.nz
or go to www. runwalkseries.co.nz.
Matariki celebration, throughout
June Matariki is a time when we
celebrate the unique place in which
we live and give respect to the land
we live on. It is celebrated with
education, remembrance and the
planting of new trees and crops
signalling new beginnings. Matariki
was the time for harvests and
ceremonial offerings to the land-
based gods Rongo, Uenuku and
Whiro to ensure good crops for the
coming year. It was also seen as a
perfect time to learn about the land
we live on and to remember
whakapapa who have passed from
this world to the next and the legacy
they left behind. Go to www.
NZ Men's Mid Amateur Golf
Championship, at Kerikeri Golf Club,
June 4-6. The format includes 36
holes for qualifying before players
are split into divisions of 16 for
match-play competition. Go to
www.parnz.co.nz or contact
Waipoua Forest Fun Run and Walk,
June 5, 10am, register at http:/
Russell Birdman Festival, July
22-24, is one of the biggest
midwinter events in the Bay of
Islands, attracts the zany, hilarious
most outrageous birdman
contraptions to see who can fly the
furthest, or with the greatest style,
from the end of the Russell wharf.
Friday -- men dressed as women
competing in the Drag Race,
Saturday -- beach dig for under-10s,
dinghy races, paper plane
competition, spaghetti eating, BBQ
cook off, Birdman jump.
Creative Fibre Exhibition, Queen's
Birthday Weekend, June 3-6.
Kerikeri spinners, weavers, felters
and knitters will be staging the
Northland area exhibition at Kerikeri
Primary School hall, showcasing
Northland's fibre artists and
involving the public with hands-on
learning of the textile crafts. Over
the long weekend they hope to
involve the whole town in our
activities by decorating the trees or
lamp posts along the mainstreet in
a textile way. They encourage
businesses to have a creative fibre
displays in shop windows, sponsor
the cost of materials to decorate a
tree and donate items for a raffle
prizes. Contact Rosie Hajnal on (09)
407-5531 or Monika Vance on (09)
BAY CHRONICLE, APRIL 28, 2011
Why we love the Far North
Have mule, will travel: Rodney Craig moved house with his ute packed with possessions,
including his willing mule, known for carrying its owner on the great New Zealand Trail Ride. Sue
Sintes, seen here with Rodney and the packed vehicle, says the mule apparently needs no
persuasion to go travelling with Rodney. The mule just jumps up on the back of the ute and off
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