Held on Sunday 24th of January 2021, the Billy Webb Challenge is a headlining event of Bayleys 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 held 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.

Together, these events make for a great day out for locals and visitors on the banks of the Whanganui River.

Spectators and supporters are welcome to come and watch the live racing action from 11am on Sunday 24th January 2021.


The ‘Billy Webb’ is open to rowers of any age or experience, giving any rower the opportunity 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 Wednesday 20 January 2021. Trophies and cash prizes 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 Club Entry Form, Race Rules and Info Sheet

Billy Webb Challenge 2021 Club Entry Form, Rules & Info Sheet

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