Seagull 2016 - Buckle In


Let the fun begin Duncan Anderson at the Matakana Pub has a date for the annual Seagull Race: Sunday May 1. The usual suspects have already started designing their craft, powered, as they all must be, by a classic Seagull engine. There’s a Stand Up Paddleboard component again this year (no engines allowed on these!). The SUP race will begin at 12pm, and the Seagull Race afterwards at 1pm.

“The pub just pulls it all together,” says organiser Duncan Anderson at the Matakana Pub. “It’s actually the community that makes it work. And let’s face it, it’s such a great cause.” Last year the Seagull Race raised $9.5K for local services – the Rural Fire Service, the Coastguard, Omaha Surf Club and Warkworth St John’s Ambulance.

There’s a change this year in the course: instead of down the river from the Matakana wharf and back, it’ll be a shorter course, but twice round. More time for audience ‘involvement’.

“It’s all free for spectators, but the main fundraiser is selling raffle tickets to the public,” says Duncan. He and his team will be looking for both sponsors and prizes in the coming weeks – “and I’d really appreciate it if I wasn’t shown the door straight away,” he grins.