Power drills will buzz, saws will cut, and bows will take shape at the Marine Trades Challenge in Auckland on 5 April 2014. The annual event, organised by NZ Marine ITO, brings together teams of four apprentices and boatbuilders to compete under pressure at what they do best: building a boat – Catamarans to be more precise.
The format will continue the move to catamarans, reflecting the America’s Cup. Teams can build to a supplied design or to their own, which must have been approved by NZ Marine ITO prior to the event.
Based at NZMI House, 85 Westhaven Drive, Auckland, the MTC has become a great day out for family and friends of the competing companies, delivering a blend of entertainment and education in boat building as the teams create their craft in two hours, before taking a break for lunch at the water’s edge.
The real fun begins as the boats are launched for a two-lap, two-heat regatta under paddle, sail and power. Some float and enjoy intense racing around the course; some sink and swim. Coastguard is on hand to see that all make it back to shore safely and the commentary keeps the public informed.
Makita Tools returns as a sponsor for the event, alongside the main sponsor, NZ Marine.
Other sponsors are BBS Timbers, Survitec Group, Gurit, Kia, Bailey Marine / Fixtech, Adhesive Technologies International Yacht Paint, Nuplex, Yamaha, Fuji Xerox and Waterfront Auckland.
Please email Sandra@bia.org.nz or Tel 09 360 0056 for further information