Beavertown Badboy Kayak Race 11 August 2012 (date change)

15 06 2012

Paul Bourgeois gets ready to portage his K1 at the Blenheim Rowing Club in the 2010 version of the Badboy

This event has been rescheduled to avoid a clash with the the Brass Monkey kayak race series. It’s now being held on Saturday August 11. Registration from 12.00, race start 1.00pm.

 One of the toughest races on the New Zealand kayak racing calendar, the “BadBoy” means business. 

 The course takes in some of Marlboroughs most scenic paddling, if you have the time and energy to look. 

Starting from Blenheim’s town centre, the course meanders down the Opawa River, once used as a busy shipping channel, and now a scenic haven for trout, whitebait and abundant birdlife. After reaching the Wairau River, the course continues to a quick portage at the Blenheim rowing sheds. For team competitors this is where the changeover occurs, and then it’s back downstream to Roses Overflow, and the start of some more adventurous paddling. A man made flood channel dug out by hand last century, Roses overflow is deep, tree-lined, and for the solo competitors, the start of some serious lactic acid accumulation. 

Once you reach the weir, the course goes by land and a short portage back into the Opawa loop, and thankfully some downstream paddling. Only a few kilometers to paddle through the back-yards of residential Blenheim, and then a short sharp portage and sprint paddle to the finish, right to where the race started.

With all previous winners having competed at World Championship level, this is a must do for the elite paddler, and a great base training paddle for events later in the year. Take a scenic tour through some of the nicest paddling water around, and see how bad you are…

Download info and an entry form here

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