Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Scouts go wild on rafts
Every year since the early seventies there've been Scouts competing for the Kontiki Raft Race trophy. This year on Sunday March 8th the peace of lake Roto Kohatu was broken by more than 300 scouts and their handmade rafts as they prepared their rafts and barbecues for a very tightly contested trophy.
Groups had been preparing for several weeks, and many of them had their eyes on wresting the trophy from the incumbent "masters of rafting" Malvern Scout Group.
Each entry has to make a raft without using screws or nails, have it vetted for safety, cook a meal to a theme and then race it round a course on the lake. This years winners of the trophy (a model of Thor Heyerdahl's original balsa raft used to cross the pacific) were the team from Marshland Scout Group.
Novelty rafts were also present, most noteworthy of which was the Dean's Rover Crew in their amphibious car.
A big thank you to the organisers: the Aoraki Region and safety manager Roger Horton.
More photos here
See video of the event here