Red Paddle Co Snake Bank Regatta 2018

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Get dressed for success with your best fancy dress and whether you're paddling or sailing, embark on the epic journey out to Snake Bank and back again.

The Paddle Race (Snake Bank Challenge) Safety Briefing: 11:30am Start: 12:00pm

The Snake Bank Challenge is a race for any person of any age with any craft powered by a paddle or hand. The challenge is to get around the 4km course. The race is to be the first or the fastest in division. Whether your racing or challenging yourself or others it will be a great day out for you and the family.

There is also a beginner/junior course for those still wanting to get on the water but relax a little more. The beginner/junior course is approximately 2km. New for 2018 is the Challenge X 8km course for those looking to push themselves further than ever before.

The Sail Race (Snake Bank Classic) Safety Briefing: 2:00pm Start: 2:30pm

The Snake Bank Classic is a no holds barred open sailing race for anything with a sail. Keelers against Kites. Centre boards against boards. Held on the magnificent Whangarei Harbour, weather and wind permitting it hopes to show case water sports at its very best with a variety of craft embarking on a race around the famous Bank, the scene of many spectacles and an iconic piece of sand and shell that appears to have not changed since the beginning of time itself. The race could be a blaze of glory if winds are strong or a steely test of skill and patience should lighter winds prevail.

This year will include handicapped prizes and more divisional prizes.

Off Water Events

In the spirit of a true regatta day there will be good food, refreshments and live entertainment all day. The bar will be open from 12:00pm with food available for lunch and live entertainment from 2:00pm. The combined prize giving will be held at 5:30pm.

A truly family friendly day featuring great food and live entertainment allowing competitors and spectators to enjoy the decks of Marsden Yacht & Boat Club overlooking the wonderful Whangarei Harbour on a hopefully barmy summer day.


A great prize pool including spot prizes of a full stand up paddleboard package (courtest of Red Paddle Co), Apple watches and much more (courtesy of our major sponsors).

Our sponsors:

Red Paddle Co

Rudolphs, Northport Ltd, Marsden Cove Marina, Port Whangarei Marine Centre, Fuso NZ, Hopper Developments Ltd, Craig Cogan Builders Ltd, Laser Electrical, Brad McKegg - Ray White Bream Bay

Corrosion X, Marine & Engineeering Supplies, Bream Bay Merchants, Waipu ITM, Westpac, Waipu Golf Club, Total Idea Co, Resolution Lane Photographic Services, Rowsell's Panelbeating and Tyres, Warehouse Stationary Whangarei, Colette Baker Beauty Therapist, North Tugz Ltd.

Online Entries:

You will receive an email confirmation of your entry immediately from the entry system.

Refunds - We will refund the amount paid if entries are cancelled prior to 27th January 2018. No refund will be paid after 27th January 2018.

Cancellation - In extreme weather or force majeure the event may be cancelled any time. In this situation entry fees are non-refundable, although we will do our very best to reschedule the event.

Dates & Times

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More information

LocationMarsden Yacht & Boat Club, One Tree Point Road, Bream Bay
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Cost $25.00 Challenge Original 4km - over 18
$5.00 Challenge Original 4km - under 18
$25.00 Challenge X 8km - over 18
$5.00 Challenge X 8km - under 18
$25.00 Challenge Beginner 2km - over 18
$5.00 Challenge Beginner 2km - under 18
$25.00 Classic Full Sail Race - over 18
$5.00 Classic Full Sail Race - under 18
$25.00 Classic Short Sail Race - over 18
$5.00 Classic Short Sail Race - under 18
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

AddressOne Tree Point Road
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About this Venue

Marsden Yacht & Boat Club was set up to create a focal point for the community to enjoy all things on the water of Whangarei Harbour and Bream Bay. From its humble beginnings at Marsden Point it grew into the place for the local community to come together not just for sailing but socially.

The club has refocused recently to encourage people from varying interests and ages to join and become an active part of the One Tree Point community. This thriving and growing area has a wonderful body of water on, in and around which people can find a multitude of activities to enjoy themselves.