Hundreds of Sea Scouts Hit Lyttelton for National Regatta

Tuesday 3 April 2012, 9:39AM

By RedPR


On the water - Sea Scouts in Lyttelton
On the water - Sea Scouts in Lyttelton Credit: Scouts NZ


Hundreds of Sea Scouts arrive in Lyttelton on Good Friday.

The 26th National Sea Scout Regatta will see 250 Sea Scouts from across the country return to Lyttelton, which last hosted the Regatta in 1969.

Mike Blackburn, Scouts NZ Regional Development Manager for the Upper South Island says it will be a fantastic event for the Sea Scouts and Lyttelton.

“There will be a great deal of activity and energy around Lyttelton over Easter weekend and that’s very exciting. With HMNZS Rotoiti and crew in port, there’ll be an additional buzz in the air I am sure.”

Blackburn says with the ongoing focus on water safety in New Zealand, it’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to show what skills they have and share them with their friends and fellow sea scouts.

“We live on an island. Most major cities in New Zealand are near the sea, lakes or rivers. With so many schools having to forgo their pools and pressure on curriculums to deliver swimming programmes, Sea Scouts offer not only great, social interaction but also important opportunities to learn what could be life saving skills around water,” he says.

The Regatta programme is varied, and includes sea, land, and offsite activities. Regatta usually lasts for 9 or 10 days, and groups camp in self-contained sites.


Please contact Ali Jones on 027 274 3112 for more details.


More than 250 Sea Scouts from around the country will converge on Lyttelton this Easter for the 26th National Sea Scouts Regatta - from Friday 6th April until Wednesday 11th April. HMNZS Rotoiti will also be in port during the regatta. The last time the Regatta was held in Lyttelton was in 1969, the 12th National Sea Scouts Regatta. 

For more information, please contact Mike Blackburn on 027 619-9256 or Ali Jones on 027 247-3112