Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour - ready set...

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The second edition of the 2019 Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour – New Zealand’s premier surf ski event – is set to hit Auckland’s scenic Waitemata Harbour on Saturday (Nov 30).

Doubling up as the Oceania Championships, the event has attracted more than 110 entrants including a smattering of prominent international paddlers.

A strong men’s field will see Aucklander Andrew Mowlem bid for a hat-trick of race wins, following his victories in 2018 and at the most recent edition in March.

Other prominent Kiwi athletes set to take to the water include; Sam Mayhew, who finished third in March and his North Shore Canoe Club team-mate Tom Ashley. Toby Brooke (Whanganui), winner of the U23 title at the most recent edition, could be another threat and watch out too for Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty).

The man to beat in the men’s race, however, could be Nicolas Notten. The South African is a proven world-class paddler, who finished fifth at the 2019 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Championships in September and only last weekend placed second behind two-time former world champion Cory Hill of Australia at The Doctor in Perth.

In the women’s race, Rachel Clarke is seeking to extend her remarkable streak to eight successive Queen of the Harbour victories. Her winning sequence began in 2013 and since then she has proved invincible paddling in her home water race.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s race, Rachel said: “To win an eighth title would be the icing on the cake. I just want to make sure I execute a good race and concentrate on making as few mistakes as I can during the race.”

Seeking to halt Rachel’s sustained run of success is former world sprint champion Teneale Hatton (North Shore), who has defeated Rachel in each of their two most recent outings at the Hong Kong Dragon Run and The Doctor earlier this month.

Adding an international flavour to the event is World Junior champion Katriana Swetish of the USA.

For the first time the King and Queen of the Harbour will be livestreamed as part of the new Sky Sport Next channel. The initiative was launched earlier this month and involves more than 50 national sports organisations and rights-holders.

This offers the opportunity for Canoe Racing NZ to livestream certain events – the first of which will be the Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour.

King and Queen of the Harbour Event organiser Danika Mowlem is hugely enthused by the prospect of the event being livestreamed and adds: “It is awesome news for the sport. Ocean paddling isn’t always the most friendly sport to follow but with the event being livestreamed on Sky Sport Next, this presents the perfect platform for delivering the event into people’s living rooms.

“The competing paddlers will make it look incredibly easy but the reality is that keeping the boats upright is hard. For those who never get to experience such conditions, the coverage will present a unique perspective of Auckland Harbour. We are going to see some of the best paddlers in the world and this may encourage others to give the sport a go.”

There will be surf ski races in the U19, U23, open and masters divisions as well as waka ama division. The race will also form the second race in the inaugural Darcy Price Series – which has been organised to promote the sport across the ski paddling community and provide more of a meaningful narrative to the surf ski season.

It is the second edition of the 2019 Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour event after the decision was taken to move the event from its traditional March/April slot to later in the year to encourage more paddlers to compete.

With the predicted 10-12kt north-easterly wind, the 22km race will run from Whangaparaoa peninsula down to Takapuna. The Waka Ama races start at 11.45am with the Surf Ski paddlers underway at 12pm.

A new innovation will take place with the Kids in the Harbour event. Targeting kids aged nine to 12 they will compete in several fun, short races off Takapuna Beach. No previous paddling experience is required.

More information www.takapunaboating.org.nz


Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour - ready set...

The second edition of the 2019 Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour – New Zealand’s premier surf ski event – is set to hit Auckland’s scenic Waitemata Harbour on Saturday (Nov 30).

NZ-Surf-Ski-King-of-the-Harbour3.jpg

The second edition of the 2019 Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour – New Zealand’s premier surf ski event – is set to hit Auckland’s scenic Waitemata Harbour on Saturday (Nov 30).

Doubling up as the Oceania Championships, the event has attracted more than 110 entrants including a smattering of prominent international paddlers.

A strong men’s field will see Aucklander Andrew Mowlem bid for a hat-trick of race wins, following his victories in 2018 and at the most recent edition in March.

Other prominent Kiwi athletes set to take to the water include; Sam Mayhew, who finished third in March and his North Shore Canoe Club team-mate Tom Ashley. Toby Brooke (Whanganui), winner of the U23 title at the most recent edition, could be another threat and watch out too for Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty).

The man to beat in the men’s race, however, could be Nicolas Notten. The South African is a proven world-class paddler, who finished fifth at the 2019 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Championships in September and only last weekend placed second behind two-time former world champion Cory Hill of Australia at The Doctor in Perth.

In the women’s race, Rachel Clarke is seeking to extend her remarkable streak to eight successive Queen of the Harbour victories. Her winning sequence began in 2013 and since then she has proved invincible paddling in her home water race.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s race, Rachel said: “To win an eighth title would be the icing on the cake. I just want to make sure I execute a good race and concentrate on making as few mistakes as I can during the race.”

Seeking to halt Rachel’s sustained run of success is former world sprint champion Teneale Hatton (North Shore), who has defeated Rachel in each of their two most recent outings at the Hong Kong Dragon Run and The Doctor earlier this month.

Adding an international flavour to the event is World Junior champion Katriana Swetish of the USA.

For the first time the King and Queen of the Harbour will be livestreamed as part of the new Sky Sport Next channel. The initiative was launched earlier this month and involves more than 50 national sports organisations and rights-holders.

This offers the opportunity for Canoe Racing NZ to livestream certain events – the first of which will be the Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour.

King and Queen of the Harbour Event organiser Danika Mowlem is hugely enthused by the prospect of the event being livestreamed and adds: “It is awesome news for the sport. Ocean paddling isn’t always the most friendly sport to follow but with the event being livestreamed on Sky Sport Next, this presents the perfect platform for delivering the event into people’s living rooms.

“The competing paddlers will make it look incredibly easy but the reality is that keeping the boats upright is hard. For those who never get to experience such conditions, the coverage will present a unique perspective of Auckland Harbour. We are going to see some of the best paddlers in the world and this may encourage others to give the sport a go.”

There will be surf ski races in the U19, U23, open and masters divisions as well as waka ama division. The race will also form the second race in the inaugural Darcy Price Series – which has been organised to promote the sport across the ski paddling community and provide more of a meaningful narrative to the surf ski season.

It is the second edition of the 2019 Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour event after the decision was taken to move the event from its traditional March/April slot to later in the year to encourage more paddlers to compete.

With the predicted 10-12kt north-easterly wind, the 22km race will run from Whangaparaoa peninsula down to Takapuna. The Waka Ama races start at 11.45am with the Surf Ski paddlers underway at 12pm.

A new innovation will take place with the Kids in the Harbour event. Targeting kids aged nine to 12 they will compete in several fun, short races off Takapuna Beach. No previous paddling experience is required.

More information www.takapunaboating.org.nz


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