Bad Boy Kayak Race Report

27 07 2015
Bad Boy 2015 (2)

Matt Loveridge, Steven Armstrong and Jimmy Feathery set the pace in the 2015 Bad Boy.

Held in near perfect conditions, the 2015 Bad Boy started at a furious pace.  With last year’s defending champion Steve Armstrong in the fray, shadowed by Matt Loveridge, James Feathery, Hadyn Lockie and Charles Nimmo, this bunch of elite paddlers stormed off down the Opawa River heading for the Lower Wairau in this 31km flat water event. Keeping the Marlborough/ Nelson adversary strong, local paddles Murray Gane & Ian McAlpine looked set to once again to do battle with Nelson lads Mark Bryant & Sam Collins in the doubles section. As the paddlers neared the halfway mark near the confluence of the Opawa & Wairau Rivers, it was Armstrong, Loveridge and Feathery that had opened up a two minute lead of Lockie and a further two minutes back to Nimmo. The decision by Paul Bourgeios to opt for the shorter 21km race saw him more than six minutes ahead of Veteran paddler Keith Alderson with roughly two thirds of their race done. Gane & McAlpine had forged a healthy four minute lead by this stage but still had no time to relax with the Nelson lads still clipping along and looking focused for the upstream paddle to the Blenheim Rowing sheds and the first of three portages.

With 21km completed by the first portage it was Armstrong that was the first out of the water for a compulsory 200m kayak carry, closely followed by Loveridge and Feathery, with Lockie and Nimmo some four and eigth minutes back respectfully. Armstrong re-entered the faster flowing water to heading back down river towards Roses overflow and appeared to extend his slim advantage. Paul Bourgeios finished strongly to take out the short course in 1hr.43 over vet paddler Keith Alderson (1hr.51) Wayne Holtham (2hr.00), David Bullivant (2hr.09) and the only woman paddler local Carol Webby (2hr.10). Gane & McAlpine maintained their lead over Bryant & Collins but with the turn-around complete the Nelson lads were able to gauge that advantage which seemed to lift their resolve.

Out of towner’s Neil Taylor and Brendon Ross paddling in the fat boat section portage looking somewhat fresh with Vet K1 paddler Nick Webby laying down the foundations for his up-coming tilt at the world Marathon Champs. They had all turned for home and now it was just a war of attrition. Roses overflow is brutal and the defending champ was starting to make his move, pulling out a two minute lead at the Vickerman Street culvert. He would extent this lead over the final two portages and powered home through the Opawa loop to calm another Bad Boy title in 2hr.26. Loveridge (2.32) and Feathery (2.32) battled for the minors with Loveridge coming home roughly one and half minutes ahead.

Charles Nimmo(2.43) followed ahead of Hadyn Lockie (3.06) after Lockie took a wrong turn. Gane & McAlpine (2.46) were able to hold their lead to win but credit to the Nelson lads (2.51) for pushing all the way. Neil Taylor (2.53) held out a relentless Brendon Ross (3.01) to win the Multisport kayak section. Once again Marlborough put on a magical day and we were able to take advantage of the flat water rivers the region has to offer. A big thanks to KO Wine for the meat, Spy Valley Wines, Cornerstone Bar and the Marshals on the day.

Bad Boy Results 2015

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