Final day of racing all wrapped up. A fantastic weekend on the harbour with some epic battles taking place! A special thanks to our sponsors Ports of Auckland and Ngāti Whātua Orākei, Andrew and the team at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, AROCA and all of the fantastic Auckland club volunteers who helped make this event such a great success. Safe travels to those who are making their way home around Aotearoa. See you all 24-26 April 2020 with our Te Waka o Aoraki whānau in Picton!
Waka Ama New Zealand
Paddling for Maithai
There were four paddlers representing Maitahi at the Long Distance Waka Ama Championships this Easter weekend. We had two OC2 crews racing in the Senior Masters and the Masters Women categories for the OC2 16 km race.
Racing conditions were good for Auckland. However, for Maitahi paddlers it was a bit like being in the cut on a 'washing machine' day for most of the race. The photos don't do the conditions justice.
A bronze to Kilmeny and Linda
Linda and Kilmeny came away with 3rd place (bronze medal) in the Senior Masters Womens with a time of 1:47:39.
Rongomai and Jan came 4th in the Masters Women with a time of 1:44:37.
Had a great day today, racing on the Waitematā harbour, 16km for Long Thanks for all the support from all our whānau! We were really happy with a time of 1:47, given the choppy conditions 🙂 and Jan and Rongomai were just in front with 1:44! - Kilmeny
Other Nelson Paddlers
We had other Nelson paddlers paddling for various clubs.
Greg Qualified for World Long Distance Cahmpionship
Greg Buck paddled for Wanganui in W6 Masters 70 mens and his crew has qualified for World Long Distance Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia in August. Congratulations Greg, well done!
Carmel Barrett (paddling for Hikoikoi) came in 6th in the masters women rudderless with a time of 1:50:09.
Anna Marie Fischer (paddling for Whakatū) came in 8th in the open women rudderless with a time of 1:51:40
Callum O'leary (Motueka) came in 6th in the open mens rudderless with time of 1:27:43
Kereama Payn (paddling for Waikawa) came in 3rd in the senior masters men ruddered with a time of 1:34:00.
Other W6 results
Pouwaiwai, Whakatū's open womens W6 crew came in at 8th with a time of 2:21:41.
Waikawa mens masters W6 crew came in 6th with a time of 1:59:42
Motueka mens open W6 (with Callum steering) came in 8th with a time of 2:08:50
Tuatara mens paddling in golden masters men W6 came in 5th with a time of 2:08:50