Well it was a small but dedicated field who turned up for the pre-race to the Porirua Grand Traverse Kayak section on Saturday, and they were greeted with some great conditions (to begin with at least).
There was a good mixture of crafts with K1s, TK1s, Multisport Boats and a Surf Ski in the mix, all ready for the group start.
The pace was hot right from the gun with Kurtis and Ryan heading straight up the guts and Chester taking a left hand channel to the first turn around down at Whiteria jetty. This pace spread the field fairly quickly and a variety of route choices were taken as everyone travelled north to cross the channel and head under Paremata bridge.
After a few good route selections and hard effort Chester managed to bridge the gap to take the lead as the three leaders headed to the turn around point at the mouth of Brown’s Bay. The patches of weed over the course challenged a few competitors and forced Kurtis out of his boat for a quick bit of gardening to clear his rudder. It was also this section of the course that was a little more exposed to the northerly and this wind had picked up a little by this stage too.
Some close racing for the woman’s honours was also going on between Rachel and Fiona as they battled up to the turn-around.
On the way back home Kurtis managed to catch Chester and Ryan and take what ended up being an unassailable lead. The result being a win to Kurtis, 2nd to Ryan and the final podium spot to Chester.
In the woman’s race, it was only 41 seconds separating the first two, with Rachel Baker taking the win and Fiona Dowling claiming second.
Thanks to all who turned up and hopefully this served as a good hit out pre-PGT for those planning to take part in this on the 7th of April. If not then you may wish to check it out http://poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz/