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Gallagher Great Race, Festival of Rowing

Gallagher Great Race, Festival of Rowing

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  • Fri 12 Sep ’14, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 13 Sep ’14, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 14 Sep ’14, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Waikato River, Grantham St, Hamilton, Hamilton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Witness world-class river racing with rowing crews as FOUR of the world’s most prestigious universities compete for glory on Hamilton’s mighty Waikato River.

This year for the first time, two top international universities, Harvard and Washington travel across the globe to challenge the best combination of brains and brawn that the University of Waikato has to offer. Trans-Tasman rivals Melbourne University will also fly in for the esteemed regatta.

A three-boat competition on a 3.85km stretch of river in central Hamilton, spectators are able to line the river bank and show their support. The three-day Gallagher Great Race Regatta is an awesome spectacle and is completely free to all who attend.

The event includes corporate racing, a Waikato Secondary Schools competition and live entertainment alongside the two inter-tertiary challenges.

Key Dates:
Friday 12 September - Battle of the Bombays. This annual inter-tertiary river rowing challenge between Auckland University and Waikato University celebrates its 25th Anniversary. There are a number of events students compete in - ranging from novices through to seniors.

Saturday 13 September - Corporate Racing & Waikato Secondary School Heats. Support the competition which sees novice corporate teams compete against each other as well as experienced local school crews who go up against fierce rivals. Watch out for Hamilton Boys High, defending champions for the past two years in the eight.

Sunday 14 September - Corporate Racing & Waikato Secondary School Finals. Great Race international varsity regatta men’s and women’s straight Finals.

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