Pontoon is ace card for Kerrs Reach
Christchurch has a magnificent new rowing facility at Kerrs Reach on the River Avon. Rowers will no longer have to watch out for broken glass and used syringes or contend with muddy bottoms (in both senses) as they launch their skiffs off a purpose-built pontoon.
The design and installation of the pontoons and ramps are the work of Auckland based company, Salta Docks & Marine Ltd who are the official Australasian supplier for Connect-A-Dock Rowing Pontoons (a product of the U.S.A.).
These pontoons have been used all over the world in rowing clubs and at competition venues with great success. They were officially unveiled by Deputy Christchurch Mayor Carole Evans at a special ceremony recently.
South Island rowing stalwart John Wylie commented: "The Christchurch City Council has shown itself to be a leader in being the first to provide these facilities that are worthy of the hours and effort put into this sport by so many people of all ages and walks of life."
"No question, it's all going to be much easier for crews. Launching boats on those cold, dark, early winter morning practice sessions is going to be so much easier."
'Courtesy of Rowing New Zealand’
The new pontoons provide a state-of-the-art launching and landing area for the many crews using the Kerrs Reach stretch
Locals and members of the rowing community turned out in force to see new pontoons officially launched.
Deputy Mayor of Christchurch Carole Evans was on hand to say a few words and officially unveil the completed