Whanganui’s proud rowing history comes to life in this legendary long distance single sculling race!
The ‘Billy Webb’ is proud to be the only public sports event held in the Whanganui region that as hosted Olympic and World Champions.
The event brings buzz and excitement to the banks of the Whanganui river only seen in this annual race. The ‘Billy Webb’ was introduced in 2008 to commemorate NZ’s first professional single sculling world champion – William ‘Billy’ Webb’s defence of his World Title on the Whanganui River in 1908 before 25,000 spectators. The 5km feature race is endorsed by Rowing NZ as an awesome opportunity for NZ elite athletes to support rowing in provincial areas – where many of our World and Olympic Champs have begun their journey to the world stage.
Racing on our countries longest navigable river – Te awa o Whanganui – is a must do experience for all water sport lovers. The ‘Billy Webb’ is open to rowers of any age or experience to have the opportunity to race! It is a truly unique experience for competitors and spectators alike. There are cash prizes up for grabs, plus Men’s and Women’s Open Winners have their names engraved alongside previous winners on the ‘Greg Hall’ waka glass trophie and ‘Katie Brown’ glass whisps for the Elite Women’s winners.
The Whanganui Rowing Association is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to facilitate the development and sustainability of rowing in the Whanganui region. To achieve these goals the organisation relies on grant and corporate funding support.