The Harbour Masters Challenge showcased a range of different water sport clubs from around Nelson, including Whakatu Marae Waka Ama, Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club, Moana Stand-up Paddle Boards and the Nelson Rowing Club. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Water sport clubs get their day in the sun

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Local water sport clubs came together at Tahunanui Beach on Sunday morning for the second annual Harbour Masters Challenge.

Participating groups included Whakatu Marae Waka Ama, Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club, Moana Stand up Paddle Boards and the Nelson Rowing Club, with members of the public also welcomed to come and have a look and maybe get involved in a new sport.

“I think the Harbour Masters Challenge is a really awesome opportunity for people just to see what’s out there, it’s about being safe on the water, it’s about enjoying what we have here in Nelson and we also supported the Coastguard with a bit of a sausage sizzle,” says deputy Nelson harbour master Amanda Kerr.

Teams were made with members from each club, allowing participants to give each other’s water sport a go, before they took to the sea for some individual and team races, finishing with the Harbour Masters Invitational race.

Nelson’s team was led by Josh Hanrahan while the Tasman team had Tasman District harbour master Dan Cairney at the helm. They headed out in Maitahi’s six-person outrigger canoes, with Nelson taking the win.

“It’s the second year we’ve run it and going forward we’d definitely like it to be a much bigger event with a lot more people involved,” says Amanda.