You don't have to be part of tawe nunnugah to join in the fun and games at Southport, about 45 minutes south of Franklin. Here is a snippet describing the 2013 event:
Back at Jetty House the kids were beginning their boat construction of the cardboard quick and dirty. Six fine craft were constructed with rather a lot of cello tape over a couple of hours. Boats were then proudly carried to the beach where a course had been set. After a frenetic start four of the six boats completed the course a record I believe (Crabwacker first, Pocket Rocket second), a great time was had by all.For more head on over to the tawe nunnugah news item: http://bit.ly/1Jv7PSd
Then it was on to the main event the Regatta a healthy fleet took to the starting line for the two lap race. A great finish occurred after the wind orchestrated a gathering of the fleet at the last mark. We were lucky to have Celia Leverton on the bow to record the photo finishes. Under the mysterious handicapping system decreed by the fleet admiral Black Pearl was declared a popular winner.
Pic: Competitors in the 2013 Southport Regatta 'Quick and Dirty' Race