Exciting finish looms in Vaka Eiva

Friday November 27, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
Teams compete in the V6 500 metres sprint events during the Oe Mapu (junior competition) in Muri Lagoon yesterday. The Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 will end with the after-party tonight. 15112616 Teams compete in the V6 500 metres sprint events during the Oe Mapu (junior competition) in Muri Lagoon yesterday. The Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 will end with the after-party tonight. 15112616

The Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 is set for an exciting finish when paddlers hit the water to compete in the Round Raro Relay today.

 

Teams will be competing for the men’s Pacific Cup and women’s Pacific Paddle in the scheduled 36 kilometre race.

The organisers are yet to decide on the actual distance and because of unfavourable conditions will be meeting this morning to decide on the course.

Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club from Redcliff, Australia will head into this final race as the favourites after winning the Round Raro Relay on Tuesday.

In the earlier race, strong winds and over four metre swells altered the course to suit the conditions for safety reasons.

The course had to be shortened to 26km, which proved too much for some teams.

In today race, Serena Hunter’s Ngakau Toa Vaka looks the top bet in the women’s competition against the team with a line-up of international players.

In the men’s masters and senior masters grade, Te Tupu O Te Manava which recorded some good wins in the competition, are the front-runners for the top prize.

Fletcher Melvin’s Ngakau Toa is expected to give Reuben Dearlove’s Te Tupu O Te Manava a good tussle in the men’s masters.

Meanwhile, in the Oe Mapu competition which ended yesterday, Te Tupu O Te Manava were impressive winning seven races, finishing second in two, and third in one event.

Other local clubs, Aitutaki and Ngakau Toa also did well in the junior competition.

       

See tomorrow’s CI News for Oe Mapu results.

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