We have cancelled the Rigtec Billy Webb Challenge scheduled for January. If we can run it later in 2022, we will.

Held on Sunday 23 January 2022, the Rigtec Billy Webb Challenge is one of the main events of Property Brokers Whanganui Vintage Weekend, one of the largest festivals in the region. Visitors from all over the country come to Whanganui to enjoy a packed programme of events and attractions that celebrate this humming place, and they love nothing more than to start their Sunday off on the banks of the Whanganui River, watching this prestigious race.

Prizegiving is at 1pm on the stage of the Riverside Shindig, which kicks off straight after with live music, dancing, a pop-up bar, food trucks and family fun all afternoon. 

The race starts at 11am, but it’s worth coming along earlier to grab your spot and watch the competitors enter the water.


The ‘Billy Webb’ is open to rowers of any age or experience, allowing any rower to race!  The Categories are:

  • Single
  • Coxless Pair
  • Double Scull
  • Coxed Four
  • Coxless Four
  • Coxed Quad
  • Coxless Quad

The cost to enter is $20 per single and $40 per pair/double/four. Entries close on Thursday, 20 January 2022. Trophies and cash prizes are up for grabs!


10.00am     RACE BRIEFING, at the starting point

10.45am     BOATS ON WATER

11.15am     RACE BEGINS


1pm            PRIZEGIVING, on stage at the Riverside Shindig

All competitors must attend the Race Briefing and the Prizegiving.


The race starts and finishes adjacent to the silver ball sculpture on Moutoa Quay, less than 100 meters from the Paddle Steamer Waimarie launch area.

From the starting point, competitors race upstream towards and through the Railway Bridge (this is the second bridge as, firstly, they will pass under the Dublin Street Bridge).

Immediately through the Railway Bridge, competitors must turn and race downstream to the finishing point. Spectators and supporters line the riverbank and both bridges to watch the spectacle.

Keen to enter? Click here for the Info Sheet, Race Rules and the Club Entry Form.

Rigtec Billy Webb Challenge 2022 Info, Rules and Club Entry Form

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