Livestreaming the prize giving and dance
For many, the Mahurangi Regatta beats Christmas. But not every devotee can attend every regatta prize giving and dance, all of the time it runs.
Until tonight. Thanks to the wonderful people who did the Warkworth Town Hall proud doing Mahurangi Action the deal of the century—Corporate AV Services—and to others, tonight’s Mahurangi Regatta prize giving and dance will livestream, for the first time.
Although the prize giving can be entirely entertaining, it is the jazz orchestra, which has played the gig from the event’s 2004 revival, that has always deserved to be broadcast. Beamed to those prevented from being there, by age or distance, or both, or some feckless flibbertigibbet-relative marrying on regatta day…
In 2004, when Mahurangi Action was known as Friends of the Mahurangi, the West City Jazz Orchestra was the Prohibition Big Band. Prohibition by name but far from prohibitive in cost, which meant that that which was planned as a one-off—much like the 1977 regatta that proved to be the revival of the regatta as an ongoing annual event—was financially survivable, if only barely. Also at the first gig, and every prize-giving dance since, was soundman Rob Campbell. And it was he who recommended Corporate AV Services to the Warkworth Town Hall job. This, combined with the generosity of ex-Mahurangi West, and now Oaks-on-Neville resident, J Barry Ferguson, and a timely steer towards the Lottery Auckland Community, saw the beautifully restored building equipped with great-sounding and looking, installed audiovisual equipment, at half the price less-focussed suppliers had suggested.
The Mahurangi has good friends indeed. And from about 5.30 pm onward, go to Mahurangi Action’s Facebook page.
Mahurangi Regatta supporters
Browns Bay Boating Club
Bucklands Beach Yacht Club
Classic Yacht Association
Corporate AV Services
Devonport Yacht Club
Gulf Harbour Yacht Club
Mahurangi Cruising Club—host club and race organiser
Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers Association—co-host of prize giving and dance
Mahurangi Oyster Farmers Association
Milford Cruising Club
New World Warkworth
Panmure Yacht and Boating Club
Pine Harbour Cruising Club
pūhoi net +64 27 488 8124
Richmond Yacht Club
Rob Campbell Sound
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Sandspit Yacht Club
Teak Construction—principal regatta sponsor
Weiti Boating Club