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FAQ

What is the date of the next Bay of Islands Bathtub Racing Classic?

The next race is being in May 2015. Date to be advised.

Where is the race being held?

The races, heats and finals are all being held off the Te Ti Beach at Paihia, Bay of Islands.

How far are the races and what does the course look like?

The course is a triangle and the three legs are approximately 400 metres each. Race distances vary depending on each class. The shortest race is over 4 laps and the longest over 8 laps. Full details will be forwarded to competitors following their registration.
Download a copy of the course map (indicative only).

How can I become involved?

Race Competitor:
Register and pay your $50 registration fee. Full details will be sent to you including your Race T-Shirt and Cap. You can register and pay online or send your payment to:
Competitor, The Great Bay of Islands Bathtub Race, Go North Promotions, PO Box 7, Opua 0241, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Note: Registration fees go towards staging the event and any excess funds are donated to the Coastguard.

Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed to assist with race coordination, safety, patrol boats, judging etc. Just contact our race office on 09 4025659 or email Chris at chris@fnhl.co.nz

Sponsors
:
This is a unique opportunity to become involved as a sponsor. For sponsorship details please contact race organiser Chris Galbraith on 09 4025659 or 027 4573512, or email Chris at chris@fnhl.co.nz
You can also visit the Go North Promotions website for further details and a range of other sponsorship opportunities.

Where can I buy race T-Shirts and Caps for friends, family etc?

Contact the race office
Please refer to the size and cost schedule on this website before ordering.

Are there any restrictions or other qualifications that are necessary to compete?

Yes, you must be over 16 years of age. Apart from that you only need to abide by the race rules and regulations and adhere to the safety requirements.

How much does it cost to build a Bathtub Racer?

This will vary depending on whether you build it yourself at home, or you order a racer in varying stages of completion from Opua Marina Boatyard.

The following guide will give you an idea but we suggest you contact the Boatyard Boatbuilding Manager, Graeme Ridgen on 027 465 3423 or email graeme@boimarina.co.nz

Bay of Islands Boatyard is well positioned to manufacture hull and deck moulds to specifications. The process involves making a mould from a racing hull the yard has recently purchased. It is then able to produce a bathtub racer to varying standards and customer requirements.

The hulls manufactured are white and of a high quality finish available for immediate use. Customers can paint names or apply decals readily. It includes the transom and necessary bulk heads but does not include the bath tub itself.

Total Racer Cost Profile

A range of other modifications and additions are possible with the racers and some of these are included in the overall set up cost profiled below.

Item Cost Range (excl GST)
Complete Racer Hull/Deck $1,620
8hp Outboard (new) $1,600 – $2,800
10L Fuel Tank/line $25
Trailer (garden Trailer) $1,000 – $2,000
Helmet $140
Life Jacket $100
Sign writing $100 – $500
Bath Tub $0 – $400
Handles/Fins/Cleat $50 – $200
Total Costs $4,635 – $7,785

Call Graeme now on 027 465 3423 and order your bathtub racer to your own specifications!