Redemption for Mowlem, Six in a row for Clarke

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The 2018 Vaikobi Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour took place on Saturday 21st April 2018. The event doubled as Canoe Racing New Zealand’s iconic National Ocean Racing championships. The 17th annual event took the paddlers on a tricky 23km course from Hobsonville to Takapuna.

Dark clouds and rain squalls formed over Hobsonville for the start of the race with over 100 competitors turning out for their chance at the title. The strong tide and wind created a side chop that proved to be tricky and technical in the early stages of the race. As the race progressed there were opportunities to surf waves and use the tide strategically. Some of the stranger tactics saw paddlers deciding to take very direct routes to the finish, navigating their skis under the wharfs at Devonport. After rounding Northhead, the final 5km was an upwind slog. Grinding through 15knot winds and some decent waves, there were big wins and losses in the race but the leaders in the men’s and women’s singles race would not be caught.

Andy Mowlem, runner-up in last years event was out for redemption and it did not take him long to get stuck into his work. Mowlem reeled in early leader Quaid Thompson and as soon as he hit the front he did not look back. Rounding Northhead with a lead of 200 meters, Mowlem took it one stroke at a time, saying “I wasn’t feeling great but I just held the tempo as high as I could and took it one point at a time”. It proved to be more than enough with Andy Mowlem powering to a convincing King of the Harbour title. Mowlem will now continue preparations for the infamous Molokai to Oahu race. Ocean Race veteran, Garth Spencer executed his race perfectly, paddling into 2nd past the young Jordan McLarin who rounded out the podium with 3rd.

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Rachel Clarke again proved her dominance in the Ocean Racing scene, paddling a controlled race to an astonishing 6th National Title in a row. Asked how this compared to her previous 5, Clarke said “They all provide something different. The conditions today made it very technical through the first 18ks, deciding whether to hug the land to paddle a shorter distance or stay in more tide further out in the harbour”. It was the latter that Clarke decided on. After the harbour bridge she stayed wide and utilised the fast moving tide to charge past a large group of the leading male competitors. Also paddling a very strong race was Dene Simpson (no stranger to this race) in 2nd place and Danika Mowlem in 3rd.

It was victory for Oskar Stielau and Robbie Ford in the doubles. The battle of attrition in the SUP category saw James Reeve paddle to victory.

Full results can be found HERE

Redemption for Mowlem, Six in a row for Clarke

Andy Mowlem, runner-up in last years event was out for redemption and it did not take him long to get stuck into his work.

2018 A Mowlem.jpg

The 2018 Vaikobi Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour took place on Saturday 21st April 2018. The event doubled as Canoe Racing New Zealand’s iconic National Ocean Racing championships. The 17th annual event took the paddlers on a tricky 23km course from Hobsonville to Takapuna.

Dark clouds and rain squalls formed over Hobsonville for the start of the race with over 100 competitors turning out for their chance at the title. The strong tide and wind created a side chop that proved to be tricky and technical in the early stages of the race. As the race progressed there were opportunities to surf waves and use the tide strategically. Some of the stranger tactics saw paddlers deciding to take very direct routes to the finish, navigating their skis under the wharfs at Devonport. After rounding Northhead, the final 5km was an upwind slog. Grinding through 15knot winds and some decent waves, there were big wins and losses in the race but the leaders in the men’s and women’s singles race would not be caught.

Andy Mowlem, runner-up in last years event was out for redemption and it did not take him long to get stuck into his work. Mowlem reeled in early leader Quaid Thompson and as soon as he hit the front he did not look back. Rounding Northhead with a lead of 200 meters, Mowlem took it one stroke at a time, saying “I wasn’t feeling great but I just held the tempo as high as I could and took it one point at a time”. It proved to be more than enough with Andy Mowlem powering to a convincing King of the Harbour title. Mowlem will now continue preparations for the infamous Molokai to Oahu race. Ocean Race veteran, Garth Spencer executed his race perfectly, paddling into 2nd past the young Jordan McLarin who rounded out the podium with 3rd.

2018 RClarkeDSimpsonDMowlem.jpg

Rachel Clarke again proved her dominance in the Ocean Racing scene, paddling a controlled race to an astonishing 6th National Title in a row. Asked how this compared to her previous 5, Clarke said “They all provide something different. The conditions today made it very technical through the first 18ks, deciding whether to hug the land to paddle a shorter distance or stay in more tide further out in the harbour”. It was the latter that Clarke decided on. After the harbour bridge she stayed wide and utilised the fast moving tide to charge past a large group of the leading male competitors. Also paddling a very strong race was Dene Simpson (no stranger to this race) in 2nd place and Danika Mowlem in 3rd.

It was victory for Oskar Stielau and Robbie Ford in the doubles. The battle of attrition in the SUP category saw James Reeve paddle to victory.

Full results can be found HERE

Redemption for Mowlem, Six in a row for Clarke
 

 

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