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Portage 2019 – 40km winds with some sleet on the way home

Sounds like an epic race on Saturday at Picton for the annual Portage. The day started fine and sunny and ended up with 40km/h winds and sleet on the final leg.

It is a 20(+)km race for the W6 and a 10km race for OC1 and OC2 waka. The only challenge with the shorter 10km race is that it finishes in Torea Bay and then they have to paddle back to Picton (10km). It was then that the wind got up and things got interesting.

The kayaks have the option of a 10 km race or a longer where they go to the end of Torea Bay, Portage over to Keneperu Sound, paddle down and portage back and then paddle back to Picton.

Maitahi had 5 crews participating, 2 womens crew, 2 mixed and a mens crew with 2 honorary men (Katie and Raywynn). Zoe, Julie and Sean were in OC1 10km race.

Maitahi Crews
waka lined up at Picton for Portage race
Waka lined up at Picton ready for Portage race
Waiting for the start
Start line at Maud Island
Skirting up the waka
Mixed crew
The mens crew
Rongomai & Tracey supporting
Wind gust at the end of the race

Its never too late to start paddling waka ama

We always welcome new members to the Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club.
We have social and racing waka ama crews catering for a wide variety of ages and abilities.

We have Junior Rangatahi crews (school aged children) right through to Masters 70s paddlers (over 70s).