Twin Rivers Kayak Race 2017

21 08 2017

2017 Results

Junior.1 Edan Fitzpatrick 2:00:08 Open Men. 1 Reid Forrest 1:38:17 2 Thomas Walsh 1:53:54 Open Women 1 Hannah Johnston 2:07:04 K1 1 Dave Fernandez 1:45:31 Vets 1 Ian Martella 1;46:56 2 Michael Fitzpatrick 2:00:05 Masters 1 John Blackmore 1:45:40 2 Mark Bryant 1:54:30 Classics 1 Keith Alderson 1:51:01 Double Ski Nick and Carole Webby 1:45:01017 Results


The Twin Rivers Kayak race  is on Saturday 16 September 2017 from the Blenheim Rowing Sheds to Riverside Park in Blenheim. The 20km flat water race is one of the club’s oldest races and is always popular with local and away paddlers who are keen to kick start their summer season or make the most of the effects of the hard work training in the dark over winter.

The course is 5km down the Wairau River and then 15 km up the Opawa River assisted by the incoming tide.

Download an entry form here:

Twin Rivers Kayak Race Entry Form 2017

For further information contact:  Nick Webby 0277157717 or Marty Martella 0272299077


Twin Rivers Kayak Race 14 September 2014

4 09 2014


Twin Rivers Results 2014

Download and entry form here.

Twin Rivers Entry Form 2014

Badboy results

12 08 2012

After weeks of rain and dismal weather, contestants from Wellington, Christchurch and the upper South Island gathered to Race the Beavertown Badboy Kayak race on a windless, sunny day.

With a shortened course, and less boat carrying required this year, times were faster than usual, and there was some great racing among a very competitive field. In the K1 mens field, a lead group of three paddlers stayed together up to the first portage at 21 Km, and as the paddlers finished it was Steve Armstrong of Christchurch first to finish in 2hrs 16min 40 sec, with James Feathery second ( 2:18:00 ) , and Glenn Muirhead third ( 2:19:15 ) . Matt Thomson of Blenheim gained some ground on the leaders in the last part of the course to post 4th fastest time of 2:21:54.

Women’s winner was Bronwyn Adams-Hooper of Darfield in 3:34:00. First multisport boat in was Dan Busch of Nelson in 2:26:35, followed by Vet mens winner Nick Webby of Ward in 2:48:06 . 2nd Multisport Vet was John Blackmore of Blenheim in 2:52:45, and 3rd Brendon Ross of Kaiapoi in 3:00:00.

Winning the teams section were Dave Hansen and Wayne Holtham of Blenheim in 2:51:45, and doubles winners were Mark and Sam of Nelson in 2:47:15.

The bad luck story of the day went to Dan Moore of Anikiwa, who unfortunately suffered a broken rudder early in the race and was unable to continue

Results are here

Twin Rivers Kayak Race Sunday 9 September

10 08 2012

John Blackmore checks his rudder in the 2010 Twin Rivers race

The Twin Rivers Kayak race is on Sunday 9 September from the Blenheim Rowing Sheds to Riverside Park in Blenheim. The 20km flat water race is one of the club’s oldest races and is always popular with local and away paddlers.

The course is 5km down the Wairau River and then 15 km up the Opawa River assisted by the incoming tide.
For further information contact Andrea phone 03 5787195

Download and entry form here

Previous results are here

Wairau River Kayak Race Series

6 03 2012

For many years Marlborough Kayakers have been paddling every Tuesday night from the Blenheim Rowing Club on Jones’s Road. Starting tonight the club is organising a fortnightly race series running until the final night on August 21. Distances will be either 5 or 10km on different nights.

Start times vary depending on daylight hours so click on the link below for more info.

This series will suit K1’s, multisport boats and surf skis. Beginners to experts welcome.

Full details are here

Twin Rivers results

19 09 2011

Kayakers in this years Twin Rivers race finish at the Taylor River ampitheatre

Results are here

Race report to follow

Beavertown Bad Boy

3 08 2011

Womens winner Marianne Archer (Wgtn) fights for the win against Bianca Teague (ChCh)

Blenheim can confidently boast it is the host to New Zealand’s only marathon qualifying flat-water kayak race, outside of the National Championships. Quirkily named the Beavertown Bad Boy, this grueling 32 kilometer race event celebrated its tenth anniversary on Saturday in perfect conditions.

The unique race capitalizes on Blenheim’s Opawa and Wairau Rivers, as well as the historic Roses Overflow, and comprises several portages or land crossings to connect these waterways in a congruous loop.  

A strong field of competitors from as far afield as Hawkes Bay fought it out in this veritable highlight of the New Zealand kayak racing calendar which includes K1, Multisport and Team categories. Nothing could stop Wellington’s Glenn Muirhead from taking out the crown of 2011 Beavertown Bad Boy with his sterling K1 performance, finishing the race in 2 hours 26 minutes. James Feathery of Christchurch was two minutes behind Muirhead to take runner-up in the Open Men’s K1 with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes.

It was a double win for Wellington as Marianne Archer, current Female National Marathon Champion, claimed the 2011 Beavertown Bad Girl title in her K1, crossing the finish line with a time of 2 hours 47 minutes. Bianca Teague of Christchurch put in a great effort, coming in at 2 hours 59 minutes for runner-up. Blenheim’s Craig Harper comfortably won the Open Men’s Multisport section with his time of 2 hours 52 minutes.

The Veteran Men’s Multisport champion went to Sean Gidall of Nelson, who persevered to complete the race under the 3 hour mark with a time of 2 hours 59 minutes.

 Race organiser Matt Thomson was disappointed he could not compete in the event for the first time since the race began in 2001 due to illness but was extremely happy the way Beavertown Bad Boy went on Saturday. “We had the best conditions we have ever had in the ten years we have been running it. It is an incredible course with so much deep, clear water, and it’s a real bonus to have the loop course that returns competitors to the start/finish in the centre of Blenheim.”

 Following Beavertown Bad Boy tradition, prizes from local sponsors’ Kiwi-Oeno Limited and Meater’s of Marlborough were presented to winners and competitors. Quality cuts of meat and bottles of Marlborough wine seem befitting to honour those who successfully completed the event.

 Thomson is already thinking about Beavertown Bad Boy 2012, hoping for more local support and greater participation – “it’s a great event for the community as it utilizes Blenheim’s fantastic natural resources, and pays tribute to the important historical significance of these waterways. Beavertown Bad Boy 2012 aims to be the biggest and baddest yet.”

 Official Results

 Open Men’s K1

1. Glenn Muirhead, Wellington (2.26.21); 2. James Feathery, Christchurch (2.28.46); 3. William Wilkins, Hawkes Bay (2.34.12); 4. Paul Bourgeois, Blenheim (2.35.32); 5. Glen Richardson, Blenheim (2.44.13)

 Open Women’s K1

1. Marianne Archer, Wellington (2.47.37); 2. Bianca Teague, Christchurch (2.59.00)

 Open Men’s Multisport

1. Craig Harper, Blenheim (2.52.31)

 Open Men’s Multisport Double

1. Mark Bryant and Craig, Nelson (3.04.50)

 Veteran Men’s Multisport

1. Sean Gidall, Nelson (2.59.46); 2. Neil Taylor, Port Nelson (3.06.02); 3. Steve Millson, Nelson (3.40.52); 4. Darren Casey, Nelson (3.41.06)

(Thanks to Sophie Parker for the race report and photos)

Wellingtonian Glen Muirhead takes the win in the Beavertown Bad Boy

Twin Rivers kayak race

19 09 2010

Kayakers from Marlborough, Nelson and Christchurch took part in the  annual Twin Rivers kayak race today.

This 21km race takes in two of Marlborough’s best kayaking assets – the Wairau and Opawa rivers.

Starting from the Wairau Rowing Club, the race goes downstream for aproximately 5km before a 15km slog upstream on the Opawa, to finish in the Beavertown ampitheatre in the middle of Blenheim.

Strong norwest winds on the Opawa made conditions difficult, and times slower than previous years. Ageless Nelson paddler, Andrew Martin, took the win by 8 seconds from Simon Trotter.

Thanks to Len from Topsport Kayaks for his support of this race and for providing a $600 paddle as a spot prize.

Results are here

Photos are here