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Shallow backwater fun in Whangateau New Zealand

'Navy Whalers ,cutters and unique and older class boats crowd the foreshore. - Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta. NZ'    Paul Gilbert    Click Here to view large photo

Small gatherings such as the recent Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta in north island of New Zealand are of as much interest to marine photographer, Paul Gilbert, as the imminent arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race back into Auckland.

New Zealand's boating community has deep roots and offers an opportunity for all to enjoy the wonderful marine playground that defines the country.

Whangateau Harbour is about an hour's drive north of Auckland, New Zealand, close to the fishing town of Leigh. It is home to the Whangteau Traditional Boatyard.

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Bleed the colour from view and its as though a time warp has enveloped the event. - Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta. NZ -  Paul Gilbert   Click Here to view large photo

Good habits start young and a family atmosphere is celebrated. - Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta. NZ -  Paul Gilbert   Click Here to view large photo

A deep creek at the Boatyard's rear gives access to larger vessels in the shallow harbour. - Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta. NZ -  Paul Gilbert   Click Here to view large photo

The boatyard has attracted a variety of older beach craft, and a chance for all to sail the many boats. - Whangateau Traditional Boatyard Regatta. NZ -  Paul Gilbert   Click Here to view large photo


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