The Kupe/Mana kayak race series has kicked off again after the Christmas break. Come along on Tuesday evenings for some competitive racing. Start times are on a handicap basis with slower paddlers getting away first, and you’re grouped with others of a similar standard, so there’s always someone nearby. Races are usually 5-7 km and the first group off the start line departs an 6:30pm. The venue is normally Hataitai beach but in a strong southerly we occasionally change to Oriental Bay. The Kupe (and Mana) Facebook page confirms the venue on the day. Results are posted in the same place on race night.
The course is chosen to suit conditions and may be laps of the bay or a trip round the Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay, generally staying fairly close to shore. PFDs are required by all entrants. Racing is open to kayaks, surf & ocean skis and waka amas, single and double. Stand up paddle boards are welcome but the course is the same.
Entry is free to members of the Kupe and Mana kayak clubs and $5 per boat to non-members.
Report to race officials by 6:15 pm on race night.
President, Kupe Canoe Club
To enable paddlers and coaches to assess improvement over time we have devised the “Crane time trial”. The familiar rusty crane on one of the boatsheds east of the clubrooms is the starting point with the finish at the jetty, distance is 190 meters. We will do this regularly and if you are on the water on that day then results will be posted and comparisons can be made. We will try and do this regularly but there will be variables such as high / low tide some /no wind etc. See results on Results tab
There has been a lot going on at MKRC of late, and there is a lot coming up!
- Blue Lake 2
- Wellington Secondary Schools Awards
- Training camp
- Rubber Ducky Series
Please register your place at the upcoming training camp here.
See you on the water!
A fairly decent Wellington zephyr for paddlers last evening. The Cobham Drive / Marina course was great for the downwind legs of the four lap course and a bit hairy getting from Greta Point and back for some paddlers.
Real improvement across the paddlers now noticeable in these Tuesday night races, both in time to paddle and technique – great to see. This week Glenn Muirhead in K1 moved through the field off back mark and took out line honours with James Flannery on ski only a minute behind, which is a great paddle. Really interesting race amongst the three women paddlers with it being close between Annabel Ramsay, Dianne Morgan and Kim Daubney for the first two laps and the Annabel was able to shake Dianne on the fourth and last to take line honours. Other good paddles from Ian Gillies, second across line on ski and Andrew Bluck in his swallow powering home. For full results of this race and all races to date see results tab ….
The doubles put everyone to the sword this week with 3 of the top 5 places going to the twosomes lead by Mark Hearfield and Dave Della Barrca crossing the line first. Splitting them were Glen Muirhead and James Flannery before another two doubles. Not far behind Kris Jarvis powered home and clearly brought back the Hawaii type balmy evening weather for this race with Fiona Dowling again paddling well into second.
It great to see so many paddlers improving over the past few weeks and even though there are some light hearted grumbles the handicappers are getting it just about right. Have a look at the results and you will see we had half Tuesdays field over a 2 minute spread and for another interesting fact we have had a total of 91 paddlers racing to date, thats 53 different singles and 38 in doubles – the 38 doubles were excluded from the singles numbers. See Results tab for all races ….
23 October 2013
I trust you are all enjoying the warmer and lighter days, when its not blowing it certainly is very pleasant out there on the water.
Its fantastic to see so many people coming along to the sessions especially in the weekends and on Wednesday’s. Saturday was awesome with a huge group of paddlers out there on the harbour all fully involved in what was quite a demanding session but a good one J. Awesome to see all those K2’s out there. Way to go Mana members you’re doing so well.
Heaps has been happening over the last few weeks so this is a good chance to update you all and to look forward to what’s coming up.
Blue Lake 1 Sprint Regatta
A large group headed up to Rotorua for the first regatta of the season and what an experience it turned out to be. The conditions have been described as the worst ever – it blew consistently for two days with the last part of the second day having to be cancelled as the waves were getting too big to be able to race and in some cases to stay afloat.
But for all that a great time was had by all with everyone getting on the water and experiencing sprint racing. There were some fantastic performances across all members and it was great to see the number of first timers complete their events and for Sarah to finally make it out to the start only to sink when lining up. Check out the CRNZ website for a full list of results. http://www.canoeracing.org.nz/home-1/news/archive/2013/blue-lake-1—windy-and-wild
Off the water was just as much fun as the club came together at our accommodation on the banks of the beautiful Lake Rotiti. X Factor Mana style was the hit of the Saturday night evening as 4 groups vied for the honour of winning the competition and the awesome singlets. All groups had to come up with a song or a dance and perform in front of the opinionated judges of Jeorn, Kayla and Karen. There were some great performances but the silky smooth voice of Sam helped her group take out the coveted award. Personally I think the boys were really good but I guess that’s why I’m not a judge (we need some photos to put on the website – there was a few being taken from the audience)
The rubber ducky races are well under way on a Tuesday night in town check out our website for more information and results.
Also the 2nd duathlon was held last Sunday on the Paremata course and what a great course this is. Again check out the results on our website. It was great to see so many of you turn up and give it a go.
We are starting Monday night trainings from Monday 4th November. This is a great opportunity to get out on the water more regularly and really make some progress in the sport for those of you who want to race. I realise that a lot of you are involved in many other activities which is great and is encouraged – if you can make any of the sessions then please do come along.
Training Session Details:
In terms of the weather conditions and whether a session is on or not please assume that it will be on. It is very rear that we cannot get on the water somewhere on the harbour. If it is cancelled you will be informed thru facebook – so if you’re not a friend then please connect with us. If you’re not a facebooker then do txt us.
There will be a session everyday of Labour weekend – Greg and Martin are around and will be taking the sessions.
Training Camp – 1 / 2 December – at Gregs place
Our third camp is fast approaching and what a special one this is going to be. Not only are we having a sleep over at Greg’s place – well camping on his front lawn but also an action packed learning experience that is going to compliment the development you have all been doing over the winter.
Key activities include:
- On water training sessions – K1’s and Team boats
- Psychology discussion – tools to help us think positively
- Video analysis
- Table tennis competitions – bottles and round the world
- MKRC Tennis Open – parents welcome
- Great food
Details for registration will be out soon.
Blue Lake 2 – 7 / 8 December
All those who would like to compete at the next sprint regatta please reply to Mark by Friday 1 November.
There are events for all age groups ie. U14, U16, U18 U23, open and Masters 35 +. This includes singles and team boats. As a club we are about encouraging you to participate and you are fully supported by our coaching team of Brian, Greg and Mark. For those that come along they thoroughly enjoy it so if you would like to give it a go then come along.
The total cost is approximately $110 this includes accommodation, entry fee, trailer towage, and Saturday BBQ.
For more details on the event visit the CRNZ website http://www.canoeracing.org.nz/home-1/events?CalendarFinder=true&CalendarDate=7/12/2013
IMPORTANT TO LET MARK KNOW YOUR INTENTION BY 1 NOV.
Great race this evening as paddlers headed south to cobham drive from Greta Point. Good numbers allowed for some close racing at the 2 minute handicap groups and gave the back markers plenty to chase whilst the front groups were able to keep away for the most part. Line honours to Chester Burt for his first paddle this series, off 6 minutes may see him back a marker next week, but you cant take away a really good paddle to come through three other groups. A very close group of 4 woman paddlers were second across with line honours to Kelsey Moffat from Hayley Cox and Kim Dowling. Kurtis Imrie was fastest time overall, just by 1 second, from Craig Jones. See Results tab for full race results