Wellington Harbour Festival ready to go!
Planning is well advanced for the Wellington Harbour Festival, six weeks of Ocean Water Sports action on Wellington Harbour this summer.
“This is the second year of the Wellington Harbour Festival which includes a diverse range of water sports,” said Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
“This event showcases our stunning harbour and encourages people of all ages and abilities to get wet in or on the water, as well as watching world class races.”
The Festival gets underway on Saturday 21 January with the Laser National Championships organised by Worser Bay Boating Club, the Nelson Offshore Race organised by Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and also the Paralympics Sailing Camp organised by Yachting New Zealand.
On Saturday 28 January Paremata Boating Club will be running the Wellington Optimist Teams Racing Championships while the restart of the Global Ocean Race will take place on Sunday 29 January. “We want to get as many yachts and launches as possible out on the water on the Sunday to send the sailors on their way to Punta Del Este,” said Dean Stanley CEO of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
The following weekend sees the Wellington Ocean Water Sports Centre organising a “Get on the Harbour Day” for Wellingtonians on the Saturday of Waitangi Weekend. People will be able to come down to the Sailing Academy in Oriental Bay and have a go at kayaking, waka ama, sailing, stand up paddle boards, windsurfing and surf paddle boards. Clubs and companies such as Canoe and Kayak, Wild Winds, Windsurfing New Zealand, Tunui a te Ika Waka Ama Club and Maranui Surf Life Saving Club will be out in force on the day.
Wellington's premier annual keelboat event, the Port Nicholson Regatta, is the next event in the Wellington Harbour Festival. Running from Friday 10 February through to Sunday 12 February the regatta doubles as the National PHRF Keelboat championships so the racing is sure to be intense.
Later in February, events such as the CentrePort International Youth Match Racing, the Tonga Island Offshore Race, the Wellington Harbour Blast and the Musto Wellington Match Cup will take place. Also, the Wellington Spirit Yacht Racing Team gets its business sailing league underway on Monday 20 February. Up to sixteen teams will do battle over the ensuing five weeks to determine who is the leading sailing company in Wellington.
Throughout February the Wellington Ocean Water Sports Centre will be running a month long KiwiSport WaterSports programme for Wellington schools. During the programme schools will spend half a day or a full day participating in a combination of waka ama, kayaking and sailing activities.
The final week of the Wellington Harbour Festival is club week at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. With single handed races, his and hers races, veterans races, the Island Bay Race, a come sailing night and the Clyde Quay Boat Harbour Family Fun Day this is going to be a great week of activity to end the 2012 Wellington Harbour Festival.
For more information: www.rpnyc.org.nz