Wairau Express Kayak Race

12 11 2011

The Wairau Express kayak race was held for the first time in Blenheim last weekend . The 28km down river race gave competitors from Saturdays Queen Charlotte Classic another challenge before heading home. A strong field of competitors from as far away as Invercargill fought it out. Nelson’s Dan Busch took a well deserved open men’s title back over the hill with him.

Dan Busch took full advantage of the various channel options available and opened up a handy lead just before the Renwick bridge and was never threatened all the way to the finish. Christchurch veteran Ian Huntsman took a close second from local man Paul Bourgeois.

With only two and a half minutes separating the top three Wendy Riach from Christchurch, took line honors in the open women’s division, from Nelson’s Suzie Le Cren. Wellington’s Louise Hales rounded out the top three.

The veteran men’s section was won by Nelson’s Sam Dillon from John Harris and Peter Hoare, in what proved to be the biggest and most closely fought division of the day.

The Wairau river proved to be a great course and was well liked by the competitors. With this event the only down river race in the whole Tasman region it is sure to become a regular on the calendar

A special thanks to our sponsors of this race. Polly from Hawkesbury Road Clothing who donated the winners purse, Norm from Peak Fuel and Ryan at the Cornerstone Bar who donated some spot prizes.

Results are here.

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