Waiheke Marketplace : February 15th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 NEWS A great art gallery on Waiheke Island 11 Moa Avenue www.artonmoa.co.nz Open 11am-4pm thursday - SATurday ART ON MOA Best FREE day out this summer - fun for all the family! 10am-4pm onetangi beach races Waiheke Island SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2012 Incorporated Society Waiheke Island... Come over to Waiheke and enjoy the best FREE day out for families in Auckland. HOW TO GET THERE... SeaLink are offering family return packages from Half Moon Bay including bus connection to Onetangi Beach from just $117.50 Other beach race packages available including car and family specials. Ph 0800 732 546 www.sealink.co.nz Raindate 7 April 2012 Watch the 'legs' speeding away To see the Sealegs race at the 2010 beach races visit www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz and click on latest edition By GILL ALCOCK Stunning show: The Sealegs race is always a crowd pleaser at the Onetangi Beach Races. Boats with legs'' are all the rage and Onetangi Beach is believed to have the highest density population of Sealegs in the country. They have become a major attrac- tion at the Onetangi Beach Races which takes place this Sunday, when spectators will line up to watch the amphibious craft race out to sea and back again. Sealegs are especially popular with Waiheke bach owners, with an estimated 50 or more of them scat- tered across the island. Between 20 and 30 of them are located in Onetangi, which makes it the ideal location for a race. Sealegs is offering a first prize of a free power steering upgrade or service and a second prize of Sealegs inflatable PFDs. One regular competitor is Blake Scott who lives at the eastern end of the beachfront and was the first Waiheke resident to buy a Sealegs, taking hull number seven. Sealegs international account manager Peter Small says: Blake is and always has been a fantastic ambassador and advocate for Sealegs, which is the perfect boat- ing option for his geographic location and personal situation. Blake has provided us with a large amount of feedback on our craft, as well in the early days pro- viding demonstrations for potential customers on Waiheke.'' The company will be demonstrating its latest model the 7.7-metre Cabin RIB at the races run by Waiheke Rotary. Sealegs owners who would like to test their craft and racing skills should contact race organiser Tony Sears on 372-3572 or 027-520-1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.onetangibeach races.co.nz/being-involved/ registration-forms to download a registration form. Beach races not the only attraction By GILL ALCOCK Giddy up: The horses are just one of many attractions at the Onetangi Beach Races on Waiheke Island this Sunday. The annual Onetangi Beach Races will gallop ahead this Sunday -- tsunami warnings, weather and horse mussels permitting. The huge Waiheke Rotary family day out is as popular now as it was when it first began more than a hundred years ago. It was cancelled last year because of millions of horse mussels on the beach but is back this year with all the popular components. Thousands of resid- ents and visitors gather on the Strand and beachfront at Onetangi to enjoy the stalls, races and entertainment. Ladies will have an opportunity to delve into their wardrobes or scour the charity shops to pro- duce an outfit for the competition Fashion in the Field. Check out the couture as the contest- ants make their way up the catwalk outside Salt. Children can put their creative talents into designing and putting together a hat for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. This competition always proves popular as the little ones model their colourful creations. The men of the family get the chance to show their strength in the highly competitive tug- of-war, while other cre- ative opportunities include the sandcastle and sandworks compe- tition which is open to all ages. The island's sports clubs are also on hand to offer children the chance to test their skills at the different sporting codes. The Strand's roadside will be full of brightly coloured stalls selling food and refreshment plus art and crafts, jewellery and other locally produced items. And the star of the show is the races. Tractors, waiters and egg and spooners can all be seen charging up and down the sands but the main attractions are the horses who can be seen, nostrils flaring, galloping at full speed along the shore. The recent addition of the Sealegs race has also proved popular with the crowds. The day is a fundraiser for Waiheke Rotary which supports island causes and groups. Visitors are encouraged to purchase a pack and check if they have a win- ner on their tickets. PROGRAMME Sunday, February 19 10am: Tote opens and bidding on the silent auction begins 10.30am: Mad Hatter's Tea Party 11am: Tug-of-War -- teams must register at registration tent by 10.45am noon: Sandcastle and sandworks competition begins -- open to all ages noon--3pm: Races -- Tractor, Sealegs, SeaLink Onetangi Cup, wheelbarrow, waiters, waitresses, women, men, girls, boys and egg and spoon 3pm: The Big Dig open to under-10s 3.30pm: Ladies' Fashion in the Field at Salt 3.30pm: Tote closes 4pm: Silent auction closes 4pm: Wheelbarrow raffles drawn 5pm: Beach races close.
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