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Great Line Up For Inaugural Bathtub Derby

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Great Line Up For Inaugural Englefield Bathtub Derby


On Water Action Starts 12 Noon, Sunday 9th November
Takapuna Beach
North Shore City, Auckland
Supporting Coastguard Northern Region

Auckland, New Zealand – 28 October 2008. With more than 40 modified bathtubs set to compete in the inaugural Englefield Bathtub Derby across the three categories; motorised, sail, paddle or pedal, the competition is hotting up with just over a week to go until the tubs take off.

With many designs having been in the making for months and secret sea trials taking place all over the North Island, ‘tubbers’ are taking the competition seriously with some travelling from as far as Wellington, Whakatane, Taranaki, Taupo and Hamilton to compete at the Takapuna event.

The most contested category will be the motorised class and with strict design compliance rules to adhere to, the race will be a test of ingenuity, design creativity and for many, good luck. Overseeing the competition will be a panel of judges who will be looking to select the supreme race day winner from across the three categories. The supreme race day winner will take home a trip for two to watch the World Bathtub Championships in Nanaimo, Vancouver in July 2009.

Presiding over the tubs will be an expert judging panel comprising; Auckland Regional Council Councillor Christine Rankin, Coastguard Northern Region President Joe Davis,
Better by Design Design Specialist John Hatrick Smith and Kohler New Zealand Channel Marketing Manager Vivienne Wood.

With all proceeds from the event including entry fees benefiting Coastguard Northern Region it is expected that the event will receive strong support from the local community as well as supporters of the competitors. Race courses will be within easy spectator viewing of Takapuna Beach making the event a great afternoon out for family and friends. On land activities will be set up at the Takapuna Beach Reserve, The Strand, Takapuna.

Supporting partners in the event are: Takapuna Boating Club, Classic Hits FM, North Shore Times / Suburban Newspapers and North Shore City Council.
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