Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Ranger's rival returns to Auckland Anniversary Regatta

Ranger's rival returns to Auckland Anniversary Regatta

Two of Auckland’s most famous classic yachts will once again square off against each other at the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, on Monday, 28 January.

Ariki, once hailed as the Queen of the Waitemata, was unbeaten champion of the regatta from 1905 to 1937. On Anniversary Day she will sail again, following an absence of over a decade, having being relaunched last year after an extensive refit by her new owners.

On the water, she will face off against arch rival Ranger, the boat that famously dethroned Ariki in 1938, and went on to achieve her own 30-year era as champion of Auckland’s A Class racing scene.

Ariki’s current owner, Andrew Barnes, says the story of Ariki and Ranger is central to the history of Auckland, and how it became known as the City of Sails.

“Ranger was built almost specifically to beat Ariki”, Andrew explains. “Boats like Ariki were built for the ‘top end’ of town - they were the Formula One cars of the richest families in Auckland. But Ranger was built by a tradesman in the ‘low end’ of town, and she became the undisputed champion of the Waitemata.”

It’s a classic Kiwi underdog story, says Andrew. “The working class man builds a boat that beats the top end of town.”

While the gentry may have scoffed at Ranger - the home-built yacht of a harbour board crane driver - these days it’s Ariki who is the underdog, and Andrew admits Ranger will be tough to beat. With her more modern rig, Ranger is a dominant force on the race course, and took line honours with a ten minute lead in last year’s Anniversary Regatta.



But Andrew and his crew of 12 aboard Ariki will be working hard to “show Ranger her transom”, as they start the A Classic race at 12:25pm off Westhaven. Spectators can watch all the action, including the pre-start maneuvers of the classic yacht fleet, from around midday.

This year’s Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta is the 179th edition of the event, which sees craft of all shapes and sizes take to water to celebrate Auckland’s birthday. Over 600 participants are expected to join the regatta, in a bid to win cash prizes, a holiday in Hawaii, and the chance to make nautical history by having their name engraved on the regatta’s historic trophy collection.

A classic launch race starting from Westhaven at 11:00am will feature in this year’s regatta for the first time in over 100 years, while old favourites like the tugboat race and display are expected to draw large crowds to Captain Cook Wharf from 10:00am.

At other venues across Auckland, dinghy and board sailing will take place throughout the day. Maraetai Sailing Club is set to welcome over 300 youth sailors taking part in the regatta, which coincides with the last day of the Auckland Championships for the Optimist, Starling, 29er, 420 and RS:Feva classes.

Takapuna Boating Club will host the Anniversary Weekend Championships for several classes, including the new breed of fast and furious foiling dinghies and kiteboards, with the likes of world class kiteboarders Sam Bullock and Justina Kitchen set to compete.

Entries for the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Regatta will be accepted online until Friday 25 January at www.regatta.org.nz.
### ENDS ###


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Bach And Ellington

The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6 on Friday 8th. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ways. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça Colette!

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. More>>

Wellington Repertory Theatre: New Season Includes Royal Hunt of The Sun

“The objective behind our ambitious 2019 season is to expand our offering to a broader range of Wellingtonians. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve produced four shows, and the first time we will be performing at the Hannah Payhouse,” says Oliver Mander, WRT’s President. More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Revenants - They Shall Not Grow Old

Jackson has toiled laboriously in the trenches of the digital revolution for decades, with his two turgid Tolkien trilogies constantly pushing the envelope in terms of computer-generated entertainment and providing his latest project with sufficient combat experience to warrant serious Oscar consideration for its remarkable technical achievements. More>>


Unseen Let It Be Footage: Peter Jackson Making "The Ultimate Beatles Film"

Jackson's new film will be compiled from fifty-five hours of never-released studio footage of The Beatles recording their final album Let It Be in January 1969. More>>


NZCT Grants More Than $150,000 to Community Sports

NZCT has approved grants to the Tauranga Boxing Academy, provided a new lease of life to old yachts, benefitted sports at Tiniroto School, and helped to upgrade Christchurch City BMX Club track. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland