Slow and steady wins the race

'Tortoise' tactics pay off in cardboard regatta

Last updated 07:57 21/01/2014

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The three girls who won the Golden Bay Tata cardboard boat race decided to go with a "tortoise" strategy this year, though they also think "being awesome" helped.

Daya Rosemeyer, 11, Areta Milne, 11, and Lynne Wilson, 16, built a small but sturdy cardboard sea vessel and named her "Flower Power".

"What we said at the start is that we'll be the tortoises, you know, like the story, where the tortoise beats the hare," said Miss Rosemeyer.

Their strategy of awesomeness and going slow proved remarkably effective. They finished first and were still trying to sink their boat 10 minutes later when other teams were crossing the finish line.

They also received the "Best Dressed Females" award.

Meanwhile, the GB Leakly crew Callum Patrick and Hayden Nelson (with Shemaya Rose providing moral support from the sidelines) came second overall.

They also won the "Bribery and Flattery" award by printing extra large $50 notes and giving them to each of the judges, as they blew them a kiss.

The flamboyant young men of the "She's a Big Vessel" team won "Best Appearance and Entertainment Value" after openly trying to water balloon other crews. They were also awarded the award for "Best Dressed Men".

The Oldest Person Competing award went to 44-year-old Robert Chubb. Mr Chubb said he'd won every other section of the annual race so this year he was going for "dramatic effect" with his boat design, with his three sons Alex, Reuben and Oscar. Their boat the Fly Emerites also won "Biggest Vessel". Mr Chubb said the vessel was 4.5 metres long and 5 metres high.

Tata cardboard boat race judge Helen Kingston said Golden Bay put on a calm day with "perfect conditions" for the race. Entries were down because this was the second attempt to run the race this year, due to windy conditions two weeks ago.

"This is the first year we've had to ask everyone to take their cardboard home and people have been wonderful," she said.

Golden Bay recreational coordinator Dave Myall, who organised the race, said "everybody had a lot of run at the race".

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