Launch racing is a popular event at the Pahi regatta

Summer harbour action returns

by Paul Campbell

Kaipara’s longest-running water gala returns to entertain boaties and families from around the harbour and further afield when the annual Pahi Regatta gets underway this Anniversary Weekend.

Pahi Fishing and Boating Club commodore, Darryn Shepard says the featured launch races, kayak contests, runabout races and outboard-powered bathtubs are set once again to entertain summer crowds.

“The event has been running, except for some wartime years, since 1886,” said Darryn. “A group of Kaipara settlers gathered at Pahi for a picnic and a couple of boat races, and it grew from there. Today we are pleased to include visiting boats from other clubs around the Kaipara for the regatta’s water-based events, and an onshore component with sideshows, carnival rides, beauty contests — anything from Miss and Mrs Pahi to the ‘best beer belly’ contest.”

Food and refreshments are widely available, and there is an emphasis on safety and family fun. The Pahi Holiday Park camping ground already has the ‘full house’ sign up as many campsites are booked out from one year to the next.