Marlborough Sounds Portage Race 25th Anniversary 17 May 2014

7 03 2014



We’re pulling out all stops for The Portage Race this year to celebrate 25 years since it was first staged. In those 25 years we’ve seen numbers grow and fall, the prize giving venue change a few times, many of the regular paddlers become race officials  but the course remains (essentially) unchanged and it still attracts a strong and varied field and is still the most amazing kayak race on the NZ calendar.

The course is suitable for the speedy competitive racing types in those skinny kayaks and surf skis, and also very much so for the recrational paddlers who might like to use wheels/trolleys in the portaging sections. Doubles and Singles – whatever you’re into.

I have it on good authority that there will be a big contingent of women coming from Nelson to take on the race mostly in doubles – best we get some competition/company for them.

We have generous sponsors onboard – thanks to Andrew and Richard at Flow Kayaks, Peter at Le Cafe, and of course the continued support of Allan at Martella Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure before the course is:

27km Kayaking and 5km Portaging

Portage Kayak race Map

Leg 1:  Kayak 10 km from Picton Foreshore to ToreaBay. (QueenCharlotteSound)

Leg 2:  Portage 2km ToreaBay to PortageBay (Portage Complex)

Leg 3:  Kayak 7km PortageBay to Te MahiaBay,   (Kenepuru Sound)

Leg 4:  Portage 3km Te MahiaBay to MistletoeBay

Leg 5:  Kayak 10km MistletoeBay to Picton Foreshore (QueenCharlotteSound)

The 10km Kayak Race from Picton to Torea Bay will be resurrected this year, with those competitors having the chance to walk over the hill (after their race) to Portage and check out what the long race is all about without having to carry a kayak. Nice.

We are also planning a complimentary race for Waka Ama craft to run beside (or just behind perhaps) the Portage Race but only in Queen Charlotte Sound – I’m  expecting that to be a neat sight, and a chance to meet some other recreational water users.

Don’t miss out on the action!

Be in to win a Flow
wing paddle and Le Cafe meal vouchers among other goodies

Oh, and did I mention the cake at the finish line?