Photos: Kerikeri High raft race 2019
Ocean Rampage storms to the finish line in a convincing win. From left, Damon Upston, 13, Sol Spake, 13, Jack Lindsay, 13, and Sam Kennedy, 12. Photo / Peter de Graaf
For 46 years students of Kerikeri High School have celebrated the end of Years 7 and 8 with a raft race around Kerikeri Basin.
Last Thursday's race featured 22 floating contraptions paddled by 95 students plus another two rafts powered by new staff.
As always all manner of materials were put to use building the rafts, including bamboo, plastic drums, lilos, pallets and lots of duct tape and string.
The most ingenious raft took a leaf out of the America's Cup by employing pedal power instead of paddles; alas, a lack of buoyancy meant it was unable to repeat Team NZ's feat in Bermuda.
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