Racing ahead

A sailing event that gives new people a chance to get out on the water has been announced by the Waikawa Boating Club.

Businesses are invited to sign up and send crews to compete in a series of six races on yachts provided through the boating club.

Each yacht comes with a skipper and crew, so the business teams need no sailing experience. They just need to be ready for a lot of fun, club commodore Ian Michel says.

The race series, the Oddies Marine South Island Business House Yachting Championships, is his brainchild. He wants to give Marlborough businesses a chance to treat their staff or their valued customers.

Alternatively, the racing could be incorporated as a workplace team-building exercise.

For six Saturday evenings, starting on January 18, businesses can compete with other business crews on the water. The short-form races will be an hour or two in duration, enough time to experience the action and excitement of a yacht race.

Every race will be followed by prize-giving at the Waikawa Boating Club, with its bar and restaurant open to encourage inter-business socialising.

An array of prizes for both skippers and crew will be up for grabs each night and at the end of the series the top three business crews can compete in the finals series.

Ian says two other South Island clubs will be running the six-race business house series. Each one will send its top business crew to Tasman Bay, Lyttelton and Waikawa, where they will race one another and determine the inaugural South Island Business House Champion 2014.

He says the race series is a chance for boatless sailors and non-sailors alike to get out and experience the joy of sailing in the South Island. It also gives businesses a chance to boost their profiles and test their competitive edge on the water.

To enter a crew from your business, contact the Waikawa Boating Club at or call 03 573 6798.

The Marlborough Express