Auckland’s most iconic beach event, the Onetangi beach race has been a popular highlight on the local calendar for over 100 years and it keeps getting better.

The weather gods were certainly smiling down on Auckland that day, with picture perfect conditions, the sunny Hauraki Gulf was definitely the place to be.

Sealegs a principle sponsor of the event and a FUSION OEM customer held its annual amphibious beach race during the event, which is a crowd favourite and full of action packed excitement. 

Captains were positioned outside their vessel for the start of the race in a Monte Carlo styled lineup, with keys in hand and eyes on the prize, a FUSION 700 Series to be exact.

On the mark, captain and crew raced to their Sealegs, positioned on the beach for the first leg of the race – the beach race. Racing down the beach the Sealegs employed all power to the wheels on route to the water; once teams hit the waves, the wheels contracted and the outboard took over. A high-speed water race to the first and second mark, followed by a sprint back to the shore and it was back out again for the second lap.

After some fast paced maneuvers and plenty of heartbreak, Graham Pete and his pride and joy crossed the line and took home the worlds most advanced marine stereo, the MS-IP700i.

It wasn’t bad news for the other 12 entrants; all participants in the race took home a MS-BT100 Bluetooth module, which is perfect for the FUSION gear already on their boats.

Other races included the Wheel barrow race, tractor race, horse race, running race and an egg and spoon race for the under 5’s.

Additional highlights included the always-popular raffle, silent auction, the delicious food and desert stalls, the tug of war and the sand art competition. 

A great day was had by all and FUSION was proud to be supporting Sealegs at the event.

Enjoy the images from the day and take a moment to watch the spectacular aerial footage of the Sealegs race.

If you missed out on this years event, make sure to pencil this one in for next year – same time, same place.