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Rubber Ducky 6

November 7, 2013

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 ….

MKRC October News

October 22, 2013

23 October 2013


Hi all


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.—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)


Other Races

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.


Training Nights

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:

Monday 6pm

Wednesday 6pm

Saturday 8am

Sunday 8am


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.


Labour Weekend

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




Paddles Up



Rubber Ducky 4

October 22, 2013

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

Paremata Blast Duathlon – Sunday 20th October

October 13, 2013

Hi all

The second of our Kayak Duathlons is on this Sunday, 20th October.  We had a great time with the first race last month and hope to see even more competitors this time round.

Race Details:

  • Entry Fee = $5.00 (click here to complete entry form)
  • Race briefing (at Paremata Beach on Mana Esplanade just on the north side of Paremata Bridge) – 8.30am
  • Race start – 9am


  • Open men and woman
  • Junior U18 & U16 & U14

The Course

Run – Distance approx. 4km (2km option for juniors or those wanting a slightly shorter run)

Starting on the beach, runners will take off around the Camborne Walkway towards the bottom of Grays Road (where the waterski club is) for an out and back run.  The first and last couple of hundred metres are on the sand and then the rest of the track is gravel.  It is a flat and fast course so no doubt there will be some quick starts to the race.

2km option will simply be a 1km out leg and then back along the same walkway.


Kayak – Distance approx. 4.5km

Once back to the beach competitors will jump into the kayak and head off into Pauatahanui Inlet and into Brown’s Bay where they will round a buoy and return back to the beach where they will finish with a short dash up the sand.

Run Course Map

Paremata Blast Run Course

Kayak Course Map

Paremata Blast Kayak Course

Entry Form

Complete your online entry form by clicking here:

Please note that entry fee of $5.00 is payable by internet banking.  Bank Account Details are provided at the end of the online entry form.

We look forward to seeing you on the start line!


Rubber Ducky Race 2

October 10, 2013

Raced at Oriental Bay due to weather forecast and the forecast was wrong. Our aim is to hold all races at Greta Point with Oriental Bay is a last resort as we understand getting there is an issue.

That said we still had a good race in the rain and wind. Craig Jones and Tyler Maxwell came through with Glenn Muirhead and the Flannery brothers from the back markers and we recorded Craig with line honours by 1 second. The double of Tom Bowen and Rob caught the handicappers eye and they were clearly line winners whilst Kelsey Moffatt took out the female line honours. See Results tab for race results, to look at previous races hit the + button up top of page.

Rubber Ducky Races

October 1, 2013

Race 1 – Great evening, a little breeze and some waves assisting down the bay. Great paddle Craig Jones just nosing out Tyler Maxwell in the mens single seaters with Annabel Ramsey from Mary McBride showing the winter paddling was worthwhile and the doubles went to Colin and Jerome. A total of 33 boats on the water, a great start to the race season – see you all next week. See Results tab for race results. 

Training Camp September 2013

September 19, 2013

Training Camps are a great way of developing skills and making significant gains in a short period of time.  Our previous camp in May of this year was a great success so we have decided to host another camp on the 28th and 29th of September at Forest Lakes, Otaki.  We would like to invite you to this fantastic opportunity to develop your kayaking skills and knowledge, and have a bit of fun at the same time.

The camp is open to anyone who wants to learn more about kayak technique. All disciplines of the paddle sports will be catered for. e.g. K1′s, TK1′s, multisport, surf ski’s, ocean ski’s, sea kayaks.

The camp will include:

  • technique discussion
  • on water instruction
  • training sessions
  • fun on water activities
  • Canoe Olympics
  • Video analysis
  • team boat instruction
  • handicapped races

If you require a kayak for the weekend just let us know on your registration form as we plan to take all our club gear to the camp.

The camp is fully catered so all you will need is a positive attitude and motivation to want to learn and have a great time.

More details on the programme of events attached here

To register your place please complete the online registration form by clicking Training Camp September Poster

Payment details are as follows and will also be listed in your confirmation once you complete your registration form.

Internet banking:

03 0502 0378388 00, reference of your “name” and code as “SeptCamp”.

Porirua Puffer Duathlon – Sunday 22nd September

September 17, 2013

Hi all

The first of our Kayak Duathlons is on this Sunday, 22nd September.  This type of racing is heaps of fun and we have a great course lined up for this weekend.

Race Details:

  • Entry Fee = $5.00 (click here to complete entry form)
  • Race briefing – 8.30am
  • Race start – 9am


  • Open men and woman
  • Junior U18 & U16 & U14
  • K4’s available for juniors – so make a team up and take on the seniors.

The Course

Kayak – Distance approx. 6km

Starting at Te Pene Ave, kaykers will paddle North past the club rooms, past the end of the boat sheds and head north to the turn around at the tire (before entering the channel) before heading back south to the kayak to run transition at the club rooms.

To level the playing field somewhat, Juniors will start at the jetty by the club rooms and go directly up to the tyre and back (effectively Juniors will have a small head start over the open paddlers)

Run – Distance approx. 8km

After a speedy transition runners  will follow the track around the Whiteria Park – running up and over the hill towards the golf club (there will be markings here) and then down to the carpark on the north coast. From here its a right turn around the shoreline (the water will be on your left hand side as you run south) back to the clubrooms for a well earned drink.

There will also be a shortened run course option which turns at the little inlet before the poles and turn 180deg to right and run back down the shoreline to clubrooms (approx. 2km distance run).

Kayak and Run Course Map

Porirua Puffer Course

Full Run Course Map

Porirua Puffer - Full Run Course

Entry Form

Complete your online entry form by clicking here:

Please note that entry fee of $5.00 is payable by internet banking.  Bank Account Details are provided at the end of the online entry form.

We look forward to seeing you on the start line!


Upcoming Events

September 8, 2013

Hi all


Its time to get going on the water… Checkout the events calendar attached. It is in a booklet form so if you print it off in duplex form you will have handy booklet to refer to.
All events are also listed in our “Upcoming Events” page


Download booklet here Events – August 2013




10km CRNZ Series – Race 5 Hosted By MKRC

July 28, 2013

CRNZ is running a nationwide 10km series and Mana is hosting race 5 on Sunday 4th of August.

Date of Event 4th August
Time of Event 8am registration open, 9am   races commence
Venue Mana Kayak Racing Club
Race Format 9am – Tyros

9.10am – U14 & U16 Men   and Women, K1 & K2

9.15am – U18, Open and   Masters Women, K1 & K2

9.20am – U18, Open and   Masters Men, K1 & K2

Proposed course format Tyros = 2 x 1km lap

U14 & U16 Men & Women   = 6 x 1km lap

U18, Open and Masters, Men   and Women = 5 x 2km lap

Categories / Races Include kayaks, surf skis and   multisport

Tyros = 2 km

U14 & U16 Women K1  =  6km

  U14 & U16 Women K2  =  6km
U14 & U16 Men K1 =  6km
U14 & U16 Men K2 =  6km
U18 & Open Women K1  = 10km
U18 & Open Women K2 =   10km
U18 & Open Men K1  = 10km
U18 & Open Men  K2 = 10km
Masters (35+) Women K1 = 10km
Masters (35+) Women K2 = 10km
Masters (35+) Men K1 = 10km
Masters (35+) Men K2 = 10km
Entry fees – $20.00


Registrations can be completed online at CRNZ site ( and there will also be the ability to register on the day.


This is a great chance to see where your paddling is at from your winter training, or to just get out and have a bit of fun racing with others.