Celebrating 20 years of the Scale Ship Regatta

Celebrating 20 years of the Scale Ship Regatta

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The lake at King Edward Park hosted it’s first Scale Ship Regatta in 1996 and, twenty years later, the annual event is still going strong.

Once again, model boats of all types and sizes will set sail in the Scale Ship Regatta on Labour weekend, 22 and 23 of October.

Warships, tugboats and racing yachts are among the scale ships operated from the lake edge with sophisticated remote control units. As always, they will be keen to share the secrets of building and operating the model craft with spectators.

South Taranaki events co-ordinator Jody Bloor expects a big turnout of spectators over the weekend.

“This is a great relaxing weekend with a large variety of scale ships being sailed on the lake,” she says. “It’s a brilliant opportunity to bring the family and have a picnic in picturesque King Edward Park while taking in the skill of the ‘sailors’.”

“The continual growth of this event encourages more people come to our fantastic district. It’s a positive experience for potential seafarers of all ages," she continues.

The Scale Ship regatta is major fixture every on the South Taranaki calendar every Labour Weekend.

“While you’re checking out the boats, don’t forget to take a stroll around the Park as it prepares for the PowerCo Taranaki Garden Spectacular the following week.”