Perfect day for a paddle

Author -  Karen Simpson

A perfect morning with sunshine, no wind and a decent tide saw 42 paddlers take to the water for the Gisborne leg of the Kayak Krazy series.

Perfect day for a paddle

A perfect morning with sunshine, no wind and a decent tide saw 42 paddlers take to the water for the Gisborne leg of the Kayak Krazy series.

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A perfect morning with sunshine, no wind and a decent tide saw 42 paddlers take to the water for the Gisborne leg of the Kayak Krazy series. It was great to have some Hawkes bay paddlers in kayak and ski classes, and Bruce from Auckland and Charles from Christchurch gave the mens field a bit of depth.

With Tyros racing 4 laps of a 1km course, U16 and U14 doing 3 laps of a 3 km course and U18, Open and Skis and Multisporters doing 5 laps of a 2 km course, spectators had a good look at the paddlers each lap.

The starts were a bit crowded but the field soon spread out into a number of groups and some individuals. 

The Tyro girls were first to finish with Manon Rogers taking it quite easily from Jayha Egan. The tyro boys Lukas Fry and Ollie Egan had a sprint for the finish, and were awarded a dead heat!

The Under 14 Girls saw Genna Robertson well ahead(having kept up most of the way with the under 16 boys), but good racing further back in the field saw Charlotte Blackburn paddle away from Lucy McLaughlin during the second lap. U14 boys were all first time kayak racers, and great paddling saw a clear win to Gus Baker ahead of Damien da Silva and Kyle Seabrook.

U16 Girls had Stacey Warren Moiser put in a good effort to win, ahead of Seren Rogers with Emma Brownlie third. Josh Ferkins took the U16 mens honours from Daniel Brown and Neo Stuart. 

In the 10 Km races it was great that Wairamarama SLSC brought a squad of 8 ski paddlers. In the Womens Ski Cydney Pattison was first from Connie Wilson and Bianco Sanko. Logan Sanko had a great race with some K1’s and won the Mens ski race well, with Elfie Wilson second and Tony Pattison third.

U18 girls Niamh Lee put in a good race with pressure from Open male Bruce Hamilton and Ski paddler Logan Sanko, good practice for her upcoming Marathon Worlds, and finishing well ahead of Jordan Robertson who had an enjoyable and sociable paddle. Sarah Lockwood made her comeback to kayaking as the sole Open womens representative.

In the mens 10 Km race Quaid Thompson won, but Sam Ferkins (Only U18 Male) and Charles Nimmo stayed with him for the first couple of laps, and then raced each for the remainder, with Sam beating the second placed Open man by 1 second. Bruce Hamilton was the third Open male.

Amy Spence and Toni Hoskin raced close together for their multisport 10 Km with Amy just taking the win at the finish.
Morning tea and prizegiving in the sunshine capped of a great morning. Well done everyone.

Full Results.
Tyro Girls(4Km) 1 Manon Rogers PBKC 29.33, 2 Jayha Egan PBKC 30.33
Tyro Boys(4Km) 1st equal Lukas Fry PBKC and Ollie Egan PBKC
U14 Girls(6Km) 1 Genna Robertson PBKC 36.32, 2 Charlotte Blackburn PBKC 37.35, 3 Lucy McLaughlin PBKC 37.50, 4 Grace Roddick PBKC 42.17,5 Sabine Lapointe PBKC 43.52.
U14 Boys(6Km) 1 Gus Baker PBKC 40.39, 2 Damien Da Silva HB 42.55, 3 Kyle Seabrook PBKC 43.26, 4 Gus Falwasser-Logan PBKC 43.44, 5 Jamie Walker PBKC 47.12.
U16 Girls(6Km) 1 Stacey Warren-Moiser PBKC 36.40, 2 Seren Rogers PBKC 36.58, 3 Emma Brownlie PBKC 38.34, 4 Morgan Wilkins HB 39.05, 5 Nicki Graham PBKC 40.44, 6 Bo Jarrat PBKC 42.56, 7 Hattie Kemp PBKC 43.08
U16 Boys(6Km) 1 Josh Ferkins PBKC 34.47, 2 Daniel Brown HB 34.54, 3 Neo Stuart PBKC 34.59
U18 Girls(10Km) 1 Niamh Lee HB 57.15, 2 Jordan Robertson PBKC 1.04.07
U18 Boys(10Km) 1 Sam Ferkins PBKC 50.10
Open Women(10Km) 1 Sarah Lockwood PBKC 1.00.36
Open Men(10Km) 1 Quaid Thompson PBKC 48.58, 2 Charles Nimmo ARAWA 50.11, 3 Bruce Hamilton TBC 57.15
Women Ski(10Km) 1Cydney Pattison WM 1.16.42, 2 Connie Wilson WM 1.17.15, 3 Bianca Sanko WM 1.19.33, 4 Annabel Morgan WM 1.24.16, 5 Daisy Bassett WM 1.25.00
Men Ski(10Km) 1 Logan Sanko WM 57.45, 2 Elfie Wilson WM 1.09.15, 3 Tony Pattison 1.11.19
Multisport Women(10Km) 1 Amy Spence GM 1.17.40, 2 Toni Hoskin PBKC 1.17.40

Article thanks to Liz Thompson, Photos James Blackburn

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