Paddlers in for wild weather

Monday November 21, 2016 Written by Published in Paddling
Paddlers in for wild weather

TWENTY-KNOT winds and swells of up to three metres are expected to greet paddlers in today’s first Matson Vaka Eiva 2016 race which is sure to make for adrenaline pumping action.


Individual paddling prowess will be on cards as Vaka Eiva paddlers tackle the 12-km Iron races starting from Avarua harbour.

Over 55 paddlers will line up for the singles challenge in V1 and OC1 canoes.

Today’s race course will be finalised at the race briefing and will be dictated by the weather.

Vaine Toa paddlers will hit the water first in all divisions including under 19, open women, master and senior master women.

The women’s race will get underway at noon. Male paddlers will take to the water at around 1.30pm with 33 paddlers expected to fight it out over the 12km course. Meanwhile over 120 junior paddlers will take to Muri lagoon for day one of the Mapu Oe Vaka regatta in what should be a fun filled day for the junior paddlers.

The rising paddling stars will take part in sprint races over a 250-metre course in the V1, fun V3 and team effort V6 canoes.

For junior paddling action, get along to Muri lagoon where races will get underway at 9am or catch the sprint finishes of the singles Iron races from Avarua harbour.  

                - MWMana Media

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