Bath Tub Racing

 Link: Whitianga Bath Tub Racing Rules

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 You may well ask ...Bath Tub Racing? ...but it is a serious business and seriously good fun for the many involved from local Whitianga businesses and has become quite the latest craze round town!!  New Zealand Bath Tub Racing could well become a future competitive sport !

The first local bath tub racing event was held over Labour Weekend 2010 at the Whitianga Waterways site. Next racing was over Anniversary Weekend 2011 at Waihi Beach,  Easter 2011 racing at Brophys Beach, then in June 2011 a "Winter Poker Run' was held and each of those dates have become annual events ever since ! There are new bathtub vessels being built in many workshops around town and well beyond to either try and improve upon the last one or to build a new one to join in the fun, a trend that continues...



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2013 Annual Winter Coroglen Poker Run

Held on Saturday 27th July 2013 - it was a great day !!

2012 Labour Weekend Whitianga Waterways -  You Tube Video

Latest events were on 4th  December 2011 - a Christmas BBQ and Sponsors Day held at the pond in Whitianga Waterways,  on 2nd January 2012 there was Short Track Beach Racing on Buffalo Beach, Whitianga and at Easter 2012 a fantastic weekend event  with a Waikato River Poker Run, Winter 2012 saw the annual Coroglen Poker Run..

2012 Winter Coroglen Poker Run - You Tube Video

2012 Easter Waikato River Poker Run - You Tube Video

LEG ONE - Karapiro to Hamilton central – 33.8 km
LEG TWO - Hamilton to Ngarawahia – 19.3km
LEG THREE - Ngarawahia to Rangiriri bridge –33.2km
LEG FOUR - Rangiriri to Mercer – 24.1km
LEG FIVE - Mercer to Hoods Landing 32.3km

2012 January ShortTrack Beach Racing
The January 2nd Short Track Beach Racing was a New Years Fun Day with winners gaining "Braggin' Rights" !!  There was lots of action and a couple of tubs tipped upside down in the surf.  Eight Tubs were racing including one up from Whangamata getting practice in for the Bowentown Regatta later in the month..

Follow the link below and click on Slide Show to see photos of the New Year races   !

January 2012 Short Track Beach Racing

2012 January Bowentown Bath Tub Regatta

 Bowentown Boating & Sport Fishing Club held their 2012 BATH TUB REGATTA on Sunday 29th JANUARY Featured were • Women’s races • 3 rowing races
• 5 motorized races • Junior races.   All proceeds were donated to the local COASTGUARD. It was a spectacular event !!

2011 Winter Coroglen Poker Run

The pics below are from the Poker Run in June 2011 that started from Robinson Road boat ramp, raced  up the river to the Te Kawanga Wharf - a stop at Coroglen Pub for lunch and a beer - and back again. Dressing up was all part of this very fun day.

The line up of Whitianga Businessmen aka BathTub Racing Enthusiasts Keith Finch - Whitianga Hardware, Rob Tregidga -Pacific Coast Marine and James Stops - Pacific Coast Marine. Kevin Shaw - Whitianga Plumbing & Drainage
Rob Davis - Rob Davis Panelbeaters Bruce Ellwood - Extreme Limits Adventures John Booker - Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel
Rob Tregidga - Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel Keith Finch - Whitianga Hardware Denny Laker - Mercury Bay Engineering
Dale Wilkins - Alipro Engineering James Stops - Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel Anthony Yeomans - Mercury Bay Plumbing & Drainage
Coming up to bridge at Te Kawanga Wharf Te Kawanga Wharf John Booker - Pacific Coast Marine & Diesel

Robinson Road Boat Ramp - Start of the 2011 Poker Run

2011 Poker Run - You Tube Video

2010 Labour Weekend  - Whitianga Waterways

Labour Weekend saw the FIRST of the bath tub racing events that were held in Whitianga, held at the Whitianga Waterways pond .  Loads of spectators, Coromandel FM recording live on the day, hot dogs, ice creams - a fun day all round. 

 Start line up Womens Races  Kevin Shaw Whitianga Plumbing  
Open Heat Race

 Dale Wilkins in the Volvo Penta Tub  (Pacific Coast Marine)

Finals Winner - Open - Coastguard Tub  Edward Gibbons Tub  

 Finals Winner - Womens Races - Barb Meredith - Volvo Penta Tub (Pacific Coast Marine)




You Tube Video 2  - Whitianga Bath Tub Race 2010