Oe vaka open day welcomes all

Thursday February 26, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
The Ngakau Toa Vaka outrigger club welcomes newcomers to the sport to join their open day this Saturday at Panama beach in Nikao. Pictured is the club’s men’s team in action during the 2014 Vaka Eiva Festival. The Ngakau Toa Vaka outrigger club welcomes newcomers to the sport to join their open day this Saturday at Panama beach in Nikao. Pictured is the club’s men’s team in action during the 2014 Vaka Eiva Festival.

Ngakau Toa Vaka outrigger canoe club is holding an open day this Saturday, February 28 for those interested in trying out the fun and exciting sport of oe vaka.

The open day will be held at the Panama beach in Nikao, next to Vaiana’s Beach Bar from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and all are welcome.

The club hopes to build on its membership base, encouraging new paddlers as well as those who wish to return to the sport.

Ngakau Toa vaka continues to be an active and competitive club within the Cook Islands Canoeing Association and an impressive presence on the water during training sessions and racing.

With a focus on development and effective training, Ngakau Toa Vaka has experienced much success during most of the national races, including a number of international placings in 2014.

The club did exceptionally well during Vaka Eiva 2014 with the Masters men’s V6 crew winning the 12km iron race.  

The Ngakau Toa Vaka women’s squad won the V6 open division Round Raro changeover race.  

It is also the first time in the event’s 11-year history that a Cook Islands women’s team has won the gruelling 36km race.

The club’s junior division have kept up with their senior counterparts and also experienced much success in 2014.  

Throughout the year the juniors dominated the national racing scene and fundraised over $50,000 to compete in the Gubbi Gubbi Trans Tasman Sprint Championships in Australia. They brought home an array of medals across the V6 and singles categories.

The club is already gearing up for an exciting year of racing in 2015, including Te Aito Cook Islands, the ultimate singles race, which will take place in May.  

Saturday’s open day is a chance for the club to welcome new people to the sport of paddling, It’s also an opportunity to have some fun and to mingle with club members. 

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just rock up to the Panama beach and take up the paddle.  

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