Marlborough Multisport Series 2017

3 12 2016

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This summer, the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club are again partnering with Transition Events  to present the Marlborough Multisport Series.  This series incorporates our three iconic events held in the Marlborough Sounds each summer.

The series is designed so that distances in each event are roughly the same and they incorporate interesting and challenging courses. In an effort to encourage new people to have a go, the paddle section of each event has been reduced to 4km, meaning that the experts can have a super fast hit out, but beginners can achieve the distance on most types of paddling craft.

You can choose either the swim tri or kayak tri option, individual or team.

Entries are open now! So what are you waiting for? Get entered, get training, have fun and we’ll see you on the start line!

Click for more info on the Marlborough Multisport series.

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The Portage Race goes from Strength to Strength

30 05 2016
Portage 2016 Matt and Hayden

Matt Loveridge (L) fights a close battle with Hayden Lockie to take the win by one second after the better part of three hours racing.

Portage 2016 Results

Waka Ama Results 2016

A few years ago we had such low numbers in this event that there were more race officials than competitors, but in recent years, that has all changed.

In 2014 we gave the event a bit of push and celebrated the race’s 25th anniversary with a big field. We achieved this by promising a bit of a 25th party, reinstating the 10 km kayak event from Picton to Torea (we won’t go into the minor detail that the paddlers then have to get back from Torea!), and inviting Waka Ama paddlers to join us for a 20km or 10 km race.

And, now we have a bit of a party every year in Picton for this event. My thanks goes to all the paddlers who have kept the event the special thing that it is and also to Waka Ama paddlers who have joined us and for bringing your style and enthusiasm – I love it!

This year we had more than 120 paddlers, and they were all racing to Torea together – what a sight.

There were 10 kayakers who didn’t want to brave the portaging sections of the race and took on an unscheduled ferry, and each other in the battle for the 10km crown. Carole and Nick Webby teamed up in their double ski and used that advantage to make it to Torea first, followed closely by John Blackmore, and then Thomas Moore who was back visiting old haunts for the weekend. The 10k’ers then had some fun on the return trip to Picton checking out the dolphins, fish-eating seals, wash riding (I’m not so sure that was part of the support boat drivers’ brief!) and generally enjoying the beautiful waterways we have on our doorstep.

Meanwhile the long course “hard bastards” were away from the crowds in the Kenepuru and challenging themselves with some hilly running with some extra unwieldy weight. Matt Loveridge and last year’s winner Hadyn Lockie pretty much held hands most of the way and could well have been still doing so at the finish line with less than a second separating them. Nice racing guys.

Naomi Whitehead was our only women on the long course – and made it look easy too, which is more than I can say for some of the old timers our there!

Back in the Queen Charlotte Sound the 13 W6 Waka Ama teams were a great sight as they paddled together from Picton to their start line at Mable Island. The field spread out after the start with some racing within the race going on between many pairs of boats. The boys from Motueka (Abel Tasman Soul) cleared out from the field to lead home from the mixed crew of ATG (Against the Grain) and the women’s team Katcha Whaea.

Thanks to all the volunteer race officials and the sponsors, We look forward to seeing everyone in Picton again next year for another great day, and we’ll see if I can get the ferrys to give way to us!

 





Portage Kayak Race 2016

14 03 2016

Le Cafe logo Martella Callahan & Martella Flow

The 2016 Portage Kayak Race is confirmed for Saturday 21 May. This iconic race which involves 27km of kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds and 5km of portaging, is in it’s 27th Year.

Download full race info here

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Race Map


Leg 1:  Kayak 10 km from Picton Foreshore to Torea Bay.

Leg 2:  Portage 2km Torea Bay to Portage Bay (Portage Complex)

Leg 3:  Kayak 7km Portage Bay to Te Mahia Bay,

Leg 4:  Portage 3km Te Mahia Bay to Mistletoe Bay

Leg 5:  Kayak 10km Mistletoe Bay to Picton Foreshore.





Opawa Blast is back for 2015/16 (results added)

6 12 2015

Opawa Kayakers

Results

Opawa Blast 15.12.15

Opawa Blast 22.12.15

Opawa Blast 5.1.16

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Dust off your kayak, and get ready for 5.862km of paddling on Blenheim’s Opawa River.

Place :  The Opawa River – Behind the Boathouse Theater just downstream of Raupo Café. Access behind Wadsco’s commercial service building.

Dates:   Tuesdays – Start December 15th with future races to be confirmed.

Time :   6 pm Start time to give all you hard workers time to get there.

Format : Using a scientific handicap system, paddlers will start at different intervals to reach the finish at exactly the same time together.

What to Bring:  A boat, a paddle, appropriate clothing, maybe a towel, they are always handy.

This is a great little workout for C2C paddlers lifting lactic threshold while improving technique and racing strategy.Retired paddlers dust off that eclipse and come down for a  paddle with Marlborough s present paddling crew then come and socialize afterwards .





Marlborough Multisport Series 2016

1 09 2015

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This summer, the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club is partnering with Transition Events  to present the Marlborough Multisport Series.  This series incorporates our three iconic events held in the Marlborough Sounds each summer.

The series is designed so that distances in each event are roughly the same and they incorporate interesting and challenging courses. In an effort to encourage new people to have a go, the paddle section of each event has been reduced to 4km, meaning that the experts can have a super fast hit out, but beginners can achieve the distance on most types of paddling craft.

You can choose either the swim tri or kayak tri option, individual or team.

Entries are open now! So what are you waiting for? Get entered, get training, have fun and we’ll see you on the start line!

Click for more info on the Marlborough Multisport series.





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





Beavertown Badboy Kayak Race 2 August 2014

29 05 2014

Badboy 2014 Results

This years Beavertown Badboy is on Saturday 2nd of August.

Start of the 2010 Badboy

Start of the 2010 Badboy

It involves 32 K’s of flatwater water racing on the original course including the Opawa and Wairau River’s, Roses Overflow and the Opawa loop. Small amount of portage in there as well.

Start time is 10am, Registration from 9am

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