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





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