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Whaganui Kayak Krazy-ness

Author -  Karen Simpson

A great turn-out at Whanganui's Kayak Krazy race

Whaganui Kayak Krazy-ness

A great turn-out at Whanganui's Kayak Krazy race

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Whanganui Kayak Club hosted its first race of two in the 10k Kayak  Krazy series on Saturday 4th of May 2019.

49 paddlers from Whanganui, Waitara, Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North and Wellington lined up to start on a calm river in cooling conditions. They shared the water with some quite large driftwood that was moving swiftly on the outgoing tide.

There were races of 3k, 6k and 12k in length with paddlers from the Tyros age group through to over 55 masters. Boats included K1, Skis, Multisport and Waka Ama, the latter comprising a W6 and W1 racing in the 6k distance.

Most of the officials were well rugged-up but some locals had been caught out by the clear blue skies early in the day, expecting the recent 20 deg temperatures.

The 12k course ran downstream from the club house to Rabbit/Corliss Island. This part of the river runs through the heart of Whanganui town, passing by landforms, architecture and river locations steeped in Māori and European history. Rabbit Island is located just beyond Pūtiki Marae and the “motorway” bridge. It is an incredibly spectator friendly course with access all the way via the riverbank walking and cycle path. The busy Saturday morning market by the riverbank offers good viewing (and good coffee!)

Line honours went to Jack Clifton of Whanganui and Emma Kemp of Mana. Clifton fought off a strong challenge from Masters paddler Glen Muirhead from Mana. to win by just under seven seconds. Kemp was well ahead of the second place in the open category and 2 1/2 minutes ahead of the first under 18 women’s paddler, Whanganui’s Sophie Brooke.

There was an exciting sprint to the line for 2nd and 3rd in the U16, 6k men’s race with George Pedley outsprinting his Whanganui teammate Zane Mills-Nossiter, who is U14 but was racing up an age group. 1st place was already well taken by Kaden Brock of Waitara.

Full results can be seen below.

After the racing hot soup, BBQ, baking and tea and coffee were available prior to the prize giving.

Whanganui Kayak Club expresses its thanks to all the visitors for creating a great race day; to the organisers; the officials; and the cooks.

Special thanks go to Heather McKenzie for taking some great photos and the safety boaters for ensuring the safety of the paddlers. See the Whanganui Kayak Club Facebook page for photos and results can be found on Webscorer.

Next Whanganui race is 12pm on Saturday 25th May at Lake Wiritoa.

Article thanks to Whanganui Kayak Club and photos courtesy of Heather McKenzie

Whaganui Kayak Krazy-ness

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