Waikato River

Queens Birthday Weekend June 2017
Cancelled Due to River Conditions
The Great Annual British Seagull Waikato River Regatta. NZ

Introduction & History

The Longest Seagull Outboard Regatta in the World.
History – Way back in 1985 several locals from the Hoods Landing Delta Swamp couldn’t agree on who had the fastest Seagull Outboard. So it was decided that a race was the only way to settle the debate. That original race started from the the Karapiro dam & finished at the Tasman Sea. That inaugural trip took 4 days to complete, & it’s unclear who the winner was. The trip is now an annual voyage. It’s enjoyed a continuous history of community support. This family event has the main emphasis is on finishing & having lots of fun.

Programme 
(Subject to changes on the day)

Easter Good Friday
*Set yourself up at the Lake Karapiro Camping & Events Complex. This facility is a motor-camp with tent sites & cabins. Please make your own arrangements for booking & payment of any accommodation (07) 827-4178
*Use Lake Karapiro for pre-regatta testing,
* 12:00 noon-onwards Scrutineering. This area is being tightened up. Scrutineers will be checking each boats cellphone text ability & safety inventory … when completed an “Approved” sticker will be attached to the boat … it will be the Skippers responsibility to find a scrutineer and get him /her to check and attach a sticker .. no sticker no entry
* 6:00pm Briefing including course maps and distances ….
* Entry contribution per boat is $75.00,  that donation covers the boat and the skipper only, it also includes dinner at the prizegiving at the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club …$20.00 contribution for each crew member [this includes a meal ticket for the prizegiving] Extra meal tickets are available for road crew at $15.00 contribution each
Easter Saturday
* Launching– Possible start times may vary
* 8:00am Start for the 2.5hp standard motor dinghy class.
* 8:30am Start for the 4.5hp standard motor dinghy class.
* 9:00am Modified Seagulls & International Bermudan
* 9:30am Open class, QB’s, 5R’s, 170’s
* 10:00 Sport class
* Saturday total 85km (46Nm)
Karapiro to Cambridge – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
Cambridge to Hamilton central – 27.4km (14.8Nm)
Hamilton to Ngaruawahia – 19.3km (10.4Nm)
Ngaruawahia to Taupiri – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
Taupiri to Huntly (power station) – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
Huntly to Ohinewai – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
Ohinewai to Rangiriri bridge – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
* Overnighting at Rangiriri ready for Sunday
* Time limits ….max…. at Grantham St bridge distance 33.8km (18Nm) 12:00 midday … if any participant hasn’t reached this point in the allotted time they will be towed to the nearest boat ramp and be recorded as retired from the event.
* You MUST be off the water by 5:00pm
Easter Sunday
* Launching– Possible start times may vary
* 8:00am Start for the 2.5hp standard motor dinghy class.
* 8:30am Start for the 4.5hp standard motor dinghy class.
* 9:00am Modified Seagulls & International Bermudan
* 9:30am Open class, QB’s, 5R’s, 170’s
* 10:00 Sport class
* Sunday total 56.4km (30.Nm)
Rangiriri to Meremere – 19.3km (10.4Nm)
Meremere to Mercer bridge – 4.8km (2.6Nm)
Mercer to Tuakau bridge – 11.3km (6.1Nm)
Tuakau to Elbow – 11.3km (6.1Nm)
Elbow to Hoods Landing – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
* Finish line will be at Hoods Landing Otaua
* Time limits ….max…. Rangiriri to Mercer bridge distance 24.1km (13Nm) 12:00 midday …… if any participant hasn’t reached this point in the allotted time they will be towed to the nearest boat ramp and be recorded as retired from the event.
* You MUST be off the water by 4:00pm
* Back to Sandspit Motor Camp for showers etc…..
* 6:00pm here will be a BBQ & salad meal supplied to participants and backup crew who have paid at the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club, 4 Victoria Av, Waiuku.
* 7:30pm Prize giving will be held at the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club, 4 Victoria Ave, Waiuku.
Easter Monday
* Return home.


Classes

2.5hp Dinghy Class: 3.5-1 hull ratio minimum, mono hull, minimum length 10 ft, standard classic 64cc seagull engine, no modifications, cavitation plate allowed, prop modifications allowed using seagull props.
2.5 hp Modified Class: any hull, minimum length 10 ft, classic 64 cc engine, must have seagull block (no liner), seagull crankcase, seagull head, seagull flywheel, seagull carburetor, leg from other outboards allowed , reed valves allowed , tuned pipes allowed, cavitation plate and prop modifications allowed, over size piston allowed, gearbox nose cones allowed. Two records, one with tuned pipe & one without.
4.5 hp Dinghy Class: 3.5 -1 hull ratio minimum, mono hull, minimum length 10 ft, standard classic engine, no modifications, engine models 102, century, and silver century, cavitation plate allowed, prop modification allowed using seagull props.
4.5hp Modified Class: any hull, minimum length 10 ft, classic seagull must have seagull block (no liner), crankcase, flywheel, head, carburetor. Leg from other outboard allowed, reed valves allowed, tuned pipes allowed, cavitation plate and prop modifications allowed, engines are 102, century, and silver century or two 2.5hp 64cc seagulls, oversize piston allowed, gearbox nose cones allowed in the modified class only. Two records, one with tuned pipe & one without.
Classic Bermudan Dinghy Class: mono hull, minimum 3.5-1 hull ratio, minimum length 12ft, two persons on board with minimum combined weight of 150 kg, spare seagull may be used to make up minimum weight, standard engine, no modifications, 102,century and silver century models, cavitation plate allowed, prop modifications allowed using seagull props.
New Bermudan Flea Class: mono hull, minimum length 12 ft, max 20ft, one bow, no outriggers, two persons onboard with minimum combined weight of 150 kg, spare seagull engine can be used to make up weight, standard engine, no modifications, models 102, century and silver century, prop modifications allowed using seagull props, cavitation plate allowed.
Open Class: any hull, minimum length 10ft, engines are Kingfisher, Osprey, QB curlew 64 cc, 5R unmodified, 170 unmodified, 125 all in their standard form as manufactured, exceptions are cavitation plate prop modifications allowed.
Sport Class: any hull minimum length 10ft, engines in this class are Seagull Sport (standard), 5R modified, 170 with yamaha leg, 170 engines can be run with tuned pipe. 170 must have seagull block (no liner), crankcase, flywheel, head, carburetor, Yamaha leg allowed, prop replacements or modifications allowed.
Notes on Engines: By entering in the stock engine classes, you are agreeing to split the engine at the completion of the regatta if you are 1st, 2nd, or 3rd (if requested). If you have set a new record, you must split the engine for inspection. Pump fuel to be used in all classes except Modified & Sport. Standard engine means as it was manufactured at the factory & all parts unmodified with the exceptions outlined in each class.
Notes on Hulls: minimum hull length is 10ft for one man and 12ft for two man, if participants can satisfy officials before the event that their craft is sea worthy at a smaller size then approval may be given. (Must be pre-approved).
Approval Date: These Class Rules have been checked & approved by both JC & RL on 17-Feb-2014

Accommodation

Please make your own arrangements for booking & payment of any accommodation. Suggestions listed below.
Friday night:
* Karapiro Camping & Events Complex (07) 827-4178 email karapiro@xtra.co.nz
* Cambridge motels or Cambridge motorcamp
Saturday night:
* Rangiriri Cafe can provide home cooked meals & campsites. Contact Sheila Ph (07) 8263667 or (021)1023081 email: rangiririheritagecafe@gmail.com
* Rangiriri B&B & Pies, Food & Accommodation, Rooms $65, Campsites outside, Ph 027 4404924 email: cathymiller@xtra.co.nz
* Rangiriri Hotel (07) 826-3467,
* North End Motel at Huntly (07) 828 8298,
Sunday night:
* Sandspit Motor Camp, Cabins $15/head, Basic Campsites $5/head, email: sandspitmotor@xtra.co.nz
* Local motels at Waiuku

 

Equipment

Compulsory & Subject to Passing Scrutineering
* Boat having a minimum hull length of, 10ft for one man, &, 12ft for two man. If a participant can satisfy officials before the event that their craft is sea-worthy at a smaller size, then, special approval may be given. Mitigation such as extra buoyancy or crew reduction during high risk stages, or a dedicated support boat will be needed. Application for such special approval must be made well prior to the regatta. It will be up to the Skipper to show the Scrutineer evidence of your special approval.
* Seagull Outboard
* A clearly written number of 3x digits 25cm tall (duct tape lettering is ideal)
* Cellphone with texting in a waterproof bag or container. You’ll be required to demonstrate you can both send & receive texts
* 2x starter ropes
* Lifejacket for every person on the boat. These MUST be worn, & fit properly
* Premixed fuel (suggest 18-litres for Saturday & 15-litres for Sunday)
* Towrope 6+m long & bailer & paddle
* Basic tools ~ sparkplug spanner, small crescent, screwdriver, pliers,
* Spares incl ~ 2x sparkplug, 3x prop springs, 2x prop washers, 2x split pins
* There must be no drugs or alcohol in the boat,
Suggested Items
Spare motor
Spare propellor & cable ties & hose clips
GPS
Fire extinguisher
Earmuffs & sunhat & sunblock & sunglassess
Gearbox oil. Daily changes are recommended
Lunch & towel (in a plastic bag to keep it dry)
Plastic shopping bag for rubbish ~ you cannot throw rubbish into the river

Hoods Landing Guide

The swampland at Hoods Landing is a very confusing labyrinth to navigate thru. There is a conspicuous Marae on the LHS banks of the Waikato River main channel. That’s your indicator to turn right & depart the main river channel & commence your passage thru the swamp. There will be marker flags placed in the swamp to assist you. The grid positions indicated below represent points on the suggested track & not the exact location of flag markers

 Other information

* The ‘Second Day Regatta’ event runs from Rangiriri to Hoods landing on Sunday for participants who only want to do one day, or, for those who had to withdraw on day one.
* Alcohol or drugs must not be consumed before or during the event.
* If you need a tow to the nearest boat ramp, then, you can TEXT a Rescue Boat. They will tow a broken down craft to the nearest accessible boat ramp for the shore crew to recover
* If you pull out for any reason, then, you MUST notify BOTH the Timekeeper & Rescue Boat, to prevent a full scale river search
* You MUST be off the water by 4:00 pm on Sunday. If you are running late, then, you’ll need to pull out by 4:00 pm, or, get a tow from a Rescue Boat to get off the water by 4:00 pm.
* It is the sole responsibility of the skipper to ensure the seaworthiness of his/her boat and the safety of the crew and passengers whether afloat or ashore. It must be the skipper’s decision whether or not to take part having regard to the weather conditions, the experience and competence of him/herself and of the crew. Nothing done by the co-ordinators or anyone helping with the event, including the provision of safety boats will relieve the skipper of these responsibilities.

Latest River Levels at Rangiriri

Approx guide to River Levels for Easter
Low is 5.0m & below / Moderate is 5.1m / High is 5.2m & above

Contacts

Hosted by the Otaua Boat Club, 15 Rangiwhea Road, Waiuku 1852, Auckland, NZ.
Club Captain email: sandspitmotor@xtra.co.nz Phone 09 235 9913
Raoul Lealand 07 378 1022 Taupo email: microgull@xtra.co.nz
Jan & Graham Keegan 06 754 4056 Taranaki email: seagullparts@xtra.co.nz
Ross Leger 04 297 2585 Kapiti email: info@bruceroadstorage.co.nz

Entry Form click here
Programme Details click here
Key Rules for Boating in the Waikato click here