Cardboard boat race and birdman competitions bring laughs to Te Anau
There were more than a few wet bottoms in Te Anau on Saturday as wannabe boaties put their crafty and competitive sides to the test on the waters of Lake Te Anau.
The Marakura Yacht Club held its birdman competition and cardboard boat race on Saturday, entertaining onlookers in Te Anau with the competitors' antics.
Every year, the club holds a day of activities in the town. This year's event, while down in numbers, had debuted a birdman event, off the end off the wharf.
Event co-ordinator Ruth Shaw said numbers were down by half on last year, with people being out of town for the summer holiday period and Saturday's weather not being the best.
However, spirits were raised as the five competitors in the senior cardboard boat race took off and tourism company Go Orange's entry won the hearts of the crowd as it ploughed through the water, the soggy boat falling victim to the lake.
"It sunk 20 metres off the beach after taking off," she said.
"All you could see was their heads, shoulders and paddles."
The two-man team finished the race and were awarded the "team spirit" prize.
The Department of Conservation won the race, with a boat made in the form of a crested grebe, a bird which is often seen on Lake Te Anau.
The yacht club's own entry made it to the end of the race, but the cardboard creation was retired from duty at the end of the day.
"It ended up at the rubbish dump but it finished the race," Shaw said.
Shaw said while the entries numbers were small, it was a good day and people seemed to enjoy themselves.
Next year, the committee would think about having the event later in January and would bring back the birdman portion, as it had been quite successful.