Waikato River

Easter Weekend 15th April – 17th April 2022
The Great Annual British Seagull Waikato River Regatta. NZ

Introduction & History

The Longest Seagull Outboard Regatta in the World.
History – Way back in 1985 several locals from the Hoods Landing Delta Swamp couldn’t agree on who had the fastest Seagull Outboard. So it was decided that a race was the only way to settle the debate. That original race started from the the Karapiro dam & finished at the Tasman Sea. That inaugural trip took 4 days to complete, & it’s unclear who the winner was. The trip is now an annual voyage. It’s enjoyed a continuous history of community support. This family event has the main emphasis is on finishing & having lots of fun.

Yes, We’re all go for Easter 2022 on the Waikato River, From the Heartlands of Karapiro, all the way to the Sea at Hoods Landing, 142Km over 2 Days.This is an Epic Journey full of nostalgia, launching into the canyons of Karapiro, passing by unique geology, onwards thru the cambridge countryside, passing under historic bridges, crossing the vast Waikato plains, sail by historic towns, haul-out in the wetland labyrinth of the river delta. Ideal for all the family, a great adventure for the kids, The trip of a lifetime.

Programme (Subject to changes on the day):

Easter Good Friday:

  • Get yourself to the Lake Karapiro Camping & Events Complex. 
  • Use Lake Karapiro for pre-regatta testing
  • 12:00 noon-onwards Scrutineering. This area is being tightened up. Scrutineers will be checking each boats cellphone text ability & safety inventory especially life jackets. When completed an “Approved” card will be attached to the boat. It will be the Skippers responsibility to find a scrutineer and get him to check and attach a card. No card no entry.
  • 6:00pm Briefing including course maps and distances.
  • Entry contribution per boat is $50.00.* Additionally, there will be a post event function at the Waiuku Golf Club, in Racecourse Road. This features a delicious roast beef meal. Cost is $25 per adult, $12 per child. Note; you must have a meal in order to patronise the bar as a legal requirement of the liquor regulations.

Easter Saturday:

  • Launching– Start times may vary
    • 8:30am Classic Bermudan Dinghy / 2.5Hp Dinghy / 2.5Hp Modified Dinghy / 4.5hp Dinghy Stock
    • 9:00am Bermudan Flea / 4.5Hp Dinghy Pro / 4.5Hp Modified
    • 9:30am Open (QB’s, 5R’s, 170’s) / Sport
  • Saturday total 85km (46Nm)
    • Karapiro to Cambridge – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
    • Cambridge to Hamilton central – 27.4km (14.8Nm)
    • Hamilton to Ngaruawahia – 19.3km (10.4Nm)
    • Ngaruawahia to Taupiri – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
    • Taupiri to Huntly (power station) – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
    • Huntly to Ohinewai – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
    • Ohinewai to Rangiriri bridge – 6.4km (3.5Nm)
    • Overnighting at Rangiriri ready for Sunday
  • Time limit maximum is Grantham St bridge distance 33.8km (18Nm) by 12:00 midday. If you haven’t reached this point by this time, then you will not reach Rangiriri by 5pm, so you’ll need to plan your extraction from the river prior to Rangiriri.
  • You MUST be off the water by 5:00pm

Easter Sunday:

  • Launching– Start times may vary
    • 8:30am Classic Bermudan Dinghy / 2.5Hp Dinghy / 2.5Hp Modified Dinghy / 4.5hp Dinghy Stock
    • 9:00am Bermudan Flea / 4.5Hp Dinghy Pro / 4.5Hp Modified
    • 9:30am Open (QB’s, 5R’s, 170’s) / Sport
  • Sunday total 56.4km (30.Nm)
    • Rangiriri to Meremere – 19.3km (10.4Nm)
    • Meremere to Mercer bridge – 4.8km (2.6Nm)
    • Mercer to Tuakau bridge – 11.3km (6.1Nm)
    • Tuakau to Elbow – 11.3km (6.1Nm)
    • Elbow to Hoods Landing – 9.7km (5.2Nm)
  • Finish line will be at Hoods Landing Otaua
  • Time limit maximum is Mercer bridge distance 24.1km (13Nm) by 12:00 midday. If you haven’t reached this point by this time, then you will not reach Hoods Landing by 4pm, so you’ll need to plan your extraction from the river prior to Hoods landing
  • You MUST be off the water by 4:00pm
  • 6:00pm Post event function featuring a delicious roast beef meal at the Waiuku Golf Club, Racecourse Road, Waiuku.

Easter Monday: Return home.

Seagull Classes:

2.5hp Dinghy Class:  Hull: Can be either production built or unique built, mono hull only, 3.5 -1 aspect ratio maximum, minimum length 10ft, height of sides 375mm minimum, open top hull, oars & rowlocks fitted, minimum weight for 10ft 45kg, minimum weight for 12ft 55kg
Engine: standard classic 64cc engine, no modifications, direct tiller steering, jacking plate allowed, cavitation plate allowed, prop modification allowed using seagull props.
2.5 hp Modified Class: any hull, minimum length 10 ft, classic 64 cc engine, must have seagull block (no liner), seagull crankcase, seagull head, seagull flywheel, seagull carburettor, leg from other outboards allowed , reed valves allowed , tuned pipes allowed, cavitation plate and prop modifications allowed, over size piston allowed, gearbox nose cones allowed. Two records, one with tuned pipe & one without.
4.5 hp Dinghy Pro Class:  Hull: Can be either production built or unique built, mono hull only, 3.5 -1 aspect ratio maximum, minimum length 10ft, height of sides 375mm minimum, open top hull, oars & rowlocks fitted, minimum weight for 10ft 45kg, minimum weight for 12ft 55kg
Engine: standard classic engine, no modifications, direct tiller steering, jacking plate allowed, engine models 102, century, and silver century, cavitation plate allowed, prop modification allowed using seagull props.
4.5 hp Dinghy Stock Class: Hull: Can be either production built or unique built, mono hull only, 3.5 -1 aspect ratio maximum, minimum length 10ft, height of sides 375mm minimum, open top hull, oars & rowlocks fitted, minimum weight for 10ft 45kg, minimum weight for 12ft 55kg
Engine: standard classic engine, no modifications, direct tiller steering, standard transom mount, engine models 102, century, and silver century, cavitation plate allowed, prop modification allowed using seagull props.
4.5hp Modified Class: any hull, minimum length 10 ft, classic seagull must have seagull block (no liner), crankcase, flywheel, head, carburettor. Leg from other outboard allowed, reed valves allowed, tuned pipes allowed, cavitation plate and prop modifications allowed, engines are 102, century, and silver century or two 2.5hp 64cc seagulls, oversize piston allowed, gearbox nose cones allowed in the modified class only. Two records, one with tuned pipe & one without.
Classic Bermudan Class: mono hull, minimum 3.5-1 aspect ratio maximum, minimum length 12ft, two persons on board with minimum combined weight of 150 kg, spare seagull may be used to make up minimum weight, standard engine, no modifications, 102,century and silver century models, cavitation plate allowed, prop modifications allowed using seagull props.
20ft Bermudan Class: mono hull, max 20ft, one bow, no outriggers, two persons onboard with minimum combined weight of 150 kg, spare seagull engine can be used to make up weight, standard engine, no modifications, models 102, century and silver century, prop modifications allowed using seagull props, cavitation plate allowed.
Open Class: any hull, minimum length 10ft, engines are Kingfisher, Osprey, QB curlew 64 cc, 5R unmodified, 170 unmodified, 125 all in their standard form as manufactured, exceptions are cavitation plate prop modifications allowed.
Sport Class: any hull minimum length 10ft, engines in this class are Seagull Sport (standard), 5R modified, 170 with yamaha leg, 170 engines can be run with tuned pipe. 170 must have seagull block (no liner), crankcase, flywheel, head, carburetor, Yamaha leg allowed, prop replacements or modifications allowed.
Notes on Engines: By entering in the stock engine classes, you are agreeing to split the engine at the completion of the regatta if you are 1st, 2nd, or 3rd (if requested). If you have set a new record, you must split the engine for inspection. Pump fuel to be used in all classes except Modified & Sport. Standard engine means as it was manufactured at the factory & all parts unmodified with the exceptions outlined in each class.
Notes on Hulls: minimum hull length is 10ft for one man and 12ft for two man, if participants can satisfy officials before the event that their craft is sea worthy at a smaller size then approval may be given. (Must be pre-approved).
Note on Classification: Classification will be at the sole discretion of the scrutineer.
Approval Date: These Class Rules have been checked & approved by both JC & RL on 8-May-2019

Accommodation:

Please make your own arrangements for booking & payment of any accommodation. Suggestions listed below.

Friday Night:

Saturday Night:

Sunday Night:

  • Sandspit Motor Camp, Cabins & Basic Campsites, 15 Rangiwhea rd, email: [email protected]
  • Local motels at Waiuku

Equipment:

Compulsory & Subject to Passing Scrutineering:

  • Boat having a minimum hull length of, 10ft for one man, &, 12ft for two man. If a participant can satisfy officials before the event that their craft is sea-worthy at a smaller size, then, special approval may be given. Mitigation such as extra buoyancy or crew reduction during high risk stages, or a dedicated support boat will be needed. Application for such special approval must be made well prior to the regatta. It will be up to the Skipper to show the Scrutineer evidence of your special approval.
  • Seagull Outboard
  • A clearly written number of 3x digits 25cm tall (duct tape lettering is ideal)
  • Cellphone with texting in a waterproof bag or container. You’ll be required to demonstrate you can both send & receive texts
  • 2x starter ropes
  • Lifejacket appropriate for every person on the boat. These MUST be worn, & fit properly
  • Premixed fuel/oil in leakproof containers (suggest 18-litres for Saturday & 15-litres for Sunday)
  • Towrope 6+m long & bailer & paddle
  • Basic tools incl ~ sparkplug spanner, crescent, screwdriver, pliers
  • Spares incl ~ 2x sparkplug, 3x prop springs, 2x prop washers, 2x split pins
  • Sprayer of biodegradable soap, to help disperse any traces of stray oil
  • Hearing protection, earmuffs or earplugs
  • There must be no drugs or alcohol in the boat
  • No open exhausts
  • Updated Mar 2022

Recommended Items:

  • Spare motor
  • Spare propellor & cable ties & hose clips
  • Safety cutout lanyard on Sport Class & Open Class
  • GPS
  • Fire extinguisher, dry powder type suited to fuel / oil based fires
  • Sunhat & sunblock & sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Use of biodegradable oils
  • Lunch & towel (in a plastic bag to keep it dry)
  • Plastic shopping bag for rubbish ~ you cannot throw rubbish into the river
  • Avoid heavy farm gumboots for footwear
  • Updated Mar 2022

Hoods Landing Guide
The swampland at Hoods Landing is a very confusing labyrinth to navigate thru. There is a conspicuous Marae on the LHS banks of the Waikato River main channel. That’s your indicator to turn right & depart the main river channel & commence your passage thru the swamp. The grid positions indicated below represent points on the suggested track & not the exact location of flag markers

Hoods Landing Guide

Further Requirements:

  • The ‘Second Day Regatta’ event runs from Rangiriri to Hoods landing on Sunday for participants who only want to do one day, or, for those who had to withdraw on day one.
  • Alcohol or drugs must not be consumed before or during the event.
  • Children must be supervised by parent / guardian at all times.
  • If you need a tow to the nearest boat ramp, then, you can TEXT a Rescue Boat. They will tow a broken down craft to the nearest accessible boat ramp for the shore crew to recover
  • If you pull out for any reason, then, you MUST notify BOTH the Timekeeper AND Rescue Boat, to prevent a full scale river search
  • You MUST be off the water by 4:00 pm on Sunday. If you are running late, then, you’ll need to pull out by 4:00 pm, or, get a tow from a Rescue Boat to get off the water by 4:00 pm.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the skipper to ensure the seaworthiness of his/her boat and the safety of the crew and passengers whether afloat or ashore. It must be the skipper’s decision whether or not to take part having regard to the weather conditions, the experience and competence of him/herself and of the crew. Nothing done by the co-ordinators or anyone helping with the event, including the provision of safety boats will relieve the skipper of these responsibilities.

Latest River Levels at Rangiriri:

Waikato River Level at Rangiriri

Contacts:

Entry Documents: