Wairau River 5k Race Report

30 01 2017

Tuesday night racers elected to paddle the Wairau River for change from the Opawa Blast. Conditions were favourable for quick times with both a tailwind and a good riverflow for the 5km downstream paddle. The warm evening caused some localised overheating, with one paddler deciding to take a cooling dip on the way up to the start from the Ferry Bridge.

First in was Paul Bourgeois, closely followed by a fit and fast Ian Martella. Hot on his heels was Nick Webby, followed by David Bullivant showing good form in his surfski. Recent K1 convert Thomas Walsh conquered the swirls and eddies, looking comfortable and continuing his improvement in a challenging boat. Next in was Tim McFarlane just edging out Carole Webby by a nose. Mandy McFarlane was the next racer, finishing in a strong time, and coming in a few hundred metres ahead of the very visible craft paddled by Murray Gane.

With the racers in sight of each other for almost all of the race, competition and motivation was high.


Mandy McFarlane  26.19

Carole Webby   24.42

Thomas Walsh   23.46

Murray Gane      22.54

David Bullivant  22.53

Nick Webby        21.55

Ian Martella        21.20

Paul Bourgeois  19.40



Opawa Blast Results 13 December 2016

14 12 2016


A strong head wind on the upstream paddle, along with a lot of chopped up weed made for  tough conditions in Tuesday nights Opawa Blast.

Mandy McFarlane was first off on 10 minutes, paddling her ski, Mandy had a good paddle with the field chasing hard, catching her on the turn. The group of Allan Martella, Mike Pike, Thomas Walsh & Tim McFarlane stayed in touch thru out the race. This was Thomas’s fist outing in his new his new green Vadja K1.

Murray “granddad” Gane (two minutes) joined the scratch bunch of Nick Webby & Ian Martella on the start line, Ian & Nick worked hard on each other’s wash on the down river section giving them a slight advantage. Murray showed some old cunning and fortitude and managed to stay in touch.


Ian Martella        31:20:00

Nick Webby          31:37:00

Murray Gane         33:32:00

Allan Martella      37.10:00

Thomas Walsh        38:21:00

Tim McFarlane       35:48:00

Michael Pike        36:10:00

Manday McFarlane    47:08:00

Marlborough Multisport Series 2017

3 12 2016


This summer, the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club are again partnering with Transition Events  to present the Marlborough Multisport Series.  This series incorporates our three iconic events held in the Marlborough Sounds each summer.

The series is designed so that distances in each event are roughly the same and they incorporate interesting and challenging courses. In an effort to encourage new people to have a go, the paddle section of each event has been reduced to 4km, meaning that the experts can have a super fast hit out, but beginners can achieve the distance on most types of paddling craft.

You can choose either the swim tri or kayak tri option, individual or team.

Entries are open now! So what are you waiting for? Get entered, get training, have fun and we’ll see you on the start line!

Click for more info on the Marlborough Multisport series.

Tuesday Kayak Sprints Race Report

26 10 2016


Kayak Sprint Results 25 November 2016

In near perfect conditions Tuesday night, kayak sprints were held at the Blenheim rowing club. Tide was outgoing with a slight Nor West wind and a slight ripple on the water. River flow was approx. 50 cumecs which made for fast racing times. Time keeping was Tim McFarlane and Ian MacAlpine  

Girls started first, with some close finishes between all three in the 200 meter sprints with Abbie doing well in her first race. Carol I’m sure you won’t mind me telling everyone you were trying that hard you had a swim in your fourth heat. 

Next up was the mens multisport with a mixture of multisport boats and skis. Murray Gane showed his cunning that comes with age (Grandad) with some good finishes, whilst Thomas showed that his latest training paid off especially in the longer 500-meter discipline. Mike Pike shared the “submarine award” with Carol having a swim in his 3rd heat. Some close times across the board with even the 69 year old Martella being competitive. Dave Bullivant pulled out the power in the short race but was out manoeuvred in the longer version.

In the k1 section, Paul Bourgeois and Matt Loveridge showed why they are some of NZs best paddlers with an awesome display of power and technique. Marty and Nick Webby hatched a plan that pulled them back with some start line readjustments with and a handicap being applied to Matt and Paul, it made for some exciting and close racing. Well done to Matt having started back in his boat after a recent injury.

 Well done to all racers for competing, hopefully we might see FATS [AKA Dave Fernandez] back along with some of the school kids which would be great.

Next sprint racing to be Tuesday November 22nd at 17:00 hours, some volunteers will be required for time keeping duties.


Club AGM 18 October 2016

27 09 2016

The Marlborough Triathlon & Multisport Club AGM

Date: Tuesday 18 October, 7.30pm

Venue: Fairweathers, Scott Street, Blenheim

Come along and share any thoughts you might have on what the club is up to, have a drink or three if you think it’ll improve your general knowledge in the famous Quiz and share some laughs.

All existing and intending members and interested parties are welcome, and it would be great to get lots of people along to consider the aims and goals of the club of the next year and beyond.

Hope to you see you there

Twin Rivers Kayak Race Sunday 4 September 2016

27 08 2016


Twin Rivers 2016 results

The Twin Rivers Kayak race  is on Sunday 4th September 2016 from the Blenheim Rowing Sheds to Riverside Park in Blenheim. The 20km flat water race is one of the club’s oldest races and is always popular with local and away paddlers who are keen to kick start their summer season or make the most of the effects of the hard work training in the dark over winter.

The course is 5km down the Wairau River and then 15 km up the Opawa River assisted by the incoming tide.

Entry can be on the day or beat the late entry fee and enter before 2nd September.

Download an entry for here

For further information contact Andrea andreakoorey@hotmail.com phone 027 451 8577

Beavertown Badboy Kayak Race 24 July 2016

2 07 2016

The annual Beavertown Badboy Kayak Race is on Sunday 24 July 2016.

It involves 32 K’s of flatwater water racing on the original course including the Opawa and Wairau River’s, Roses Overflow and the Opawa loop. Small amount of portage in there as well.

Start time is 10am, Registration from 9am