Baywatch braves


Hundreds of punters were entertained by wacky antics when hardy competitors braved icy Lake Wakatipu for the annual Day on the Bay. 

In the Birdman, Hush Spa employees had the winning formula – spray tans, blonde wigs and white bikinis. 

Queenstown swimmer McGregor Fea motored past other crazy contestants in the swim and beach sprint for Splash and Dash, while Ann Coombes and Joe Kennedy romped to wins in skimpy get-ups in the Undy 500. 

It wasn’t all fun and games in the water – one Splash and Dash entrant was fished out by fellow racers when he started sinking and raised his arm for help. 

“Usually the competitors can swim,” Winter Festival emergency officer Wayne Allen says.