27th National Sea Scout Regatta
The 27th National Sea Scout Regatta was held at Fort Takapuna, and Narrow Neck Beach on the Auckland North Shore from the 27th December 2014 to the 4th of January 2015.
31 Sea Scout Groups attended from all over New Zealand, competing in a variety of water sports, including sailing, rowing and kayaking. Other events were iron man, seamanship, swimming, lifesaving and, of course, camping, keeping all the Scouts very busy over 8 days of competition. The Camping standard was very high across all the groups and provided a great spectacle for the many visitors and locals.
Events were split into three age groups, junior, intermediate and senior, ensuring every member of a Sea Scout Group attending gets to have a go. Competition between Groups was fierce with everyone trying their utmost to be the recipient of the top trophy, the Jellicoe Trident.
The Jellicoe Trident was presented to the Scout Association in 1924 by Admiral of the Fleet, Viscount Jellicoe of Scarpa. It is awarded to the Group with the most competition points over all the events at the Regatta, as well having a high standard of programme delivery in their home Zone and Region.
The result of this Regatta was in doubt right up until the final rowing races on the last day of completion, with New Lynn, Auckland taking the Trident, with Iron Duke, Nelson a close second. Orewa Sea Scout Group came third.
-- Philip Wayne, APR Correspondent, SCOUTS New Zealand