Racers roar along river

The fourth day of the 2021 New Zealand Jet Boat River Marathon was raced on the Mataura River yesterday, with four legs held between Steeghs Beach, near Gore, and Ardlussa.

Spectators braved the blustery conditions to watch the action from the Pyramid Bridge, near Riversdale.

The marathon will have a lay day today before moving to the Dart River tomorrow, and on to the Clutha River near Beaumont on Friday.

The competition will end on the Matukituki River on Saturday.

Winton driver Roger Preston was leading the marathon at the start of the Mataura legs yesterday but was overtaken on the first leg by John Derry, of Christchurch. However, he came back well and there was nothing between the two at the end of the day. Seven boats from the 20-strong field have been forced out of the marathon.

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