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Monday, 25 July 2016
Article by Brian Scott
There was a good mix of paddlers across age groups for the 2016 Whanganui leg of the Krazy Kayak series. This included athletes from Hawkes Bay, Mana, Welly Paddlers, Palmerston North, Waitara and Whanganui.
After last year’s atrocious conditions with precipitation varying between heavy rain, sleet, and hail and a constant strong wind, the forecast weather bomb with torrential rain and gale force winds had organisers nervous of a repeat. Fortune favours the brave though, and with temperatures of 15 degrees at 9am and 20 degrees by the time the race started at 12, and the wind holding off, the race conditions were much better than expected and almost surreal for the end of July.
In all there were 45 paddlers attending with all results shown below.
Of the 45 paddlers, four were tyros. To avoid getting washed out they had their race start first. Run over a four lap course the majority of the race able to be viewed from the bank and it was awesome to see u13’s going so well, including a bit of skill based wash riding. All the youngsters did a great job and it was great to see the kids out on the water during the winter months. Well done to them all!!
The age group racing was started as a mass start which was a good test, and some good experience, for the newer paddlers. The u14 and novice paddlers had 2 laps to complete, the u16 had 3 and all other categories had 5 laps. The criterion format meant good spectating both on and off the water. There were great results from more established paddlers, who were able to get a good hit out, and it was great to see so many new faces from around the district.
The event is held at Lake Wiritoa at the Water Ski Club which is an ideal venue for winter racing, so thanks to the Water Ski Club for letting us share their facility. In traditional winter series style the hot soup, scones and cakes complimented the coffee and tea on offer. Thanks to all the people working behind the scenes to make the event a great (kayak) community event. And congratulations to all the paddlers involved.
Course: Womens U13 Tyro
Course: mens U13 Tyro
Course: womens U14 4km
Course: womens Novice 4km
Course: mens Novice 4km
Course: mens U14 4km
Hawkes Bay U16
Course: womens U16 6km
Course: mens U16 6km
Course: womens U18 10km
Course: mens U18 10km
Course: mens master 35-45 (k1) 10km
Course: mens master 35-45 (multi craft) 10km
Course: mens master 45+ (k1) 10km
Course: mens master 45+ (multi craft) 10km
Course: mens Open 10km
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