Marlborough Multisport Series 2017

3 12 2016


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.


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



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


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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 .

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



Grammer takes Portage Race 2014

17 05 2014

Tim Grammer wins the 25th Anniversary Portage Race


Tim Grammer from Auckland took out the 25th edition of the Portage Kayak race today ahead of Nathan Faavae on a pristine Marlborough Sounds Day. Race report and results to follow. A highlight of the day was the edition of Waka Ama teams from around the Tasman region. What a great site seeing all the Waka Ama craft lined up on the Picton foreshore. _DSC0372 _DSC0230

Waka Ama to join Portage Kayak race 17 May 2014

16 04 2014

In conjunction with the Marlborough Sounds Portage Kayak Race (which is celebrating 25 years) there will be Waka Ama races in the Queen Charlotte Sound. While the kayakers race from the Picton foreshore to the Kenepuru Sound and back via Torea Bay and Onahau Bay, the W1 and W2 crews will race 10km from Picton foreshore to Torea Bay (with a neutral bunch paddle back to Picton). The W6 crews will race 20 km from Mabel Island to Torea Bay and Torapapa Point and back to Picton. This promises to be a great day, and wow, what a spectacle to see a flotilla of outrigger canoes and kayaks in our beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. Download and entry form here;  Waka Ama entry form 2014  C

OURSE DESCRIPTION W6: 20km: Mable Island to Torea Bay to Torapapa Point to Picton Foreshore – see yellow line on map.

W1 and W2: 10 km from Picton Foreshore to Torea Bay (and neutral return to Picton) – see red line on map.

Waka ama mapRegistration at Picton Foreshore: 8.00am – 8.30am Briefing: (all paddlers must attend)
8:30am Race Start – Staggered by Class:  9.00am – 9:40am There will be prizes and Prize Giving will follow the race finish (approx 1:30pm) at Le Café, overlooking the finish line.

Kono Logo            Le Cafe logo


Our thanks to Mondo Kopua and the management at Kono, and Peter at Le Cafe, for their support of our event.