In a close battle against Australia, the home team crossed the finish line a minute earlier to claim the title.
Tama Toa O Te Moana finished the race with a time of 29:49 minutes followed by Sharks of Australia who clocked 30:58 minutes.
Team member Otea Tommy said conditions were tough, but the team managed to pull through with the win.
He said they expected a tough battle against the Australian club.
“It was really windy and the swells were high but I guess conditions were in our favour as we are used to these kind of conditions,” Tommy said.
“We picked up on our way back and I think that’s where we won the race. We thought we wouldn’t be able to do well against a good Australian team and we were kind of scared, but I guess we all went out hard to get this win.”
Tommy said the competition was building into an exciting one, with teams finding their rhythm against the unfavourable conditions.
The Tama Toa O Te Moana crew is now looking forward to the junior sprints which will be held this morning.
“We are hoping to do well in the upcoming races. This is building into an exciting competition.”
The Oe Mapu (juniors) V6 marathon races will be held this morning at the Muri Lagoon followed by open mixed and masters mixed Round Raro Relay (36km) at 12 noon from Avarua wharf.
The open mixed and masters mixed teams will be competing for Bob Worthington Memorial Trophy in the Round Raro Relay.
Masters Women 12K V6 – 1. Ocean Sistas Internationals 1:14:45:00, 2. Ipukarea Porirua Canoe Kayak Club, New Zealand 1:20:07:00, 3. Team One Western Beaches of Australia 1:25:45:00, 4. Girls on Tour from Australia 1:49:25:00
Senior Masters Men 12K V6 – 1. Boiler Silver Foxes, Te Tupu O Te Manava of Cook Islands 1:01:53:00, 2. Boiler Silver Sharks of Te Tupu O Te Manava, CI 1:09:30:00, 3. JPod Combined of Canada 1:12:54:00, 4. Outrigger Whitsunday of Australia 1:14:07:00
Senior Masters Women 12K V6 – 1. RereMoana of Te Tupu O Te Manava, CI 1:17:01:00,
2. Stingrays Fraser of Australia 1:17:19:00, 3. Dalli Combined of Canada 1:41:06:00, 4. Wainui Wainui of Canada 1:51:48:00
Under 19 Men 12K V6 – 1. Tama Toa O Te Moana of Ngakau Toa Vaka, CI 0:29:49:00, 2. Sharks Fraser of Australia 0:30:58:00, 3. Cooks Coconut NTV/Aitutaki/Aus Intls 0:32:09:00,
4. Dugongs Redcliff of Australia 0:33:50:00