Digging deep in the Round Raro Relay

Friday November 22, 2019 Written by Published in Paddling

It will not only be the race to the finish line, but a race against the time as well in the much-anticipated Round Raro Relay in the 2019 Matson Vaka Eiva.

 

For months, crews have been practising changeovers: jumping out of, and into, moving boats without changing rhythm.

The mixed crews will race around the island on Tuesday, November 26. The relay features men’s teams competing for the Pacific Cup and women for the Pacific Paddle.

The race represents the high-point in the middle of a week of intense racing.

The time to beat for open men’s teams is 2:21:59, logged by local team Te Tupu O Te Manava in 2015.

For the open women, the record to smash was set by Tahitian team RuaHine in 2008: a scorching 2:51:54.

Since 2015, the winners of both the men’s and women’s races have been local crews.

Four years in a row, Ngakau Toa women won the Pacific Paddle, before Te Tupu Open Women wrested it off them last year with a time of 3:15:12 in tough conditions.

Ngakau Toa Vaka has chalked up six wins in the relay: four for the women, three for the men. Their men’s crew won last year with a time of 2:44:22.

But Te Tupu O Te Manava men hold the record for the most Round Rarotonga Relay Race wins.

The participating teams will compete against record times, especially in the open men (Pacific Cup) and open women’s (Pacific Paddle) competitions.

RuaHine, which finished on top in the open women’s 30km V6 race in 2007 and 2008, set a record time of 2 hours 51:54 minutes in their second win.

The club broke the previous record of 2 hours 59:50 minutes set by New Zealand-based Waitakere team in 2006.

In 2015, local club Ngakau Toa Vaka Vaine of Ngakau Toa raced closest to the record time after clocking 3 hours 3:04 minutes.

The fastest time in the open men’s relay is held by Toa Fetu Boyz of Ngakau Toa/Te Tupu O Te Manava from the Cook Islands.

The team made up of the best paddlers from the two leading clubs in the country set the record time of 2 hours 27:20 minutes in the 2015 race.

Ruamata OCC from New Zealand, which finished second in the 2015 race, holds the second fastest time of 2 hours 28:52 minutes.

Local club Ngakau Toa Vaka holds the third fastest time after winning the 2008 race in 2 hours 34:19 minutes.

 

 

OPEN WOMEN - PACIFIC PADDLE

OPEN MEN - PACIFIC CUP

2004

Tahiti ROC

03:00.4

Te Tupu

2.35.14

2005

Wahine Toa

3.08.56

Te Tupu

2.46.59

2006

Waitakere

02:59.5

Team Goodyear

02:38.3

2007*

RuaHine

3.19.23

Team Hawaii

2.42.50

2008

RuaHine

2.51.54

Ngakau Toa Vaka

2.34.19

2009

Big Island Girls

3.07.32

Team Excel, Outrigger Aus

2.35.07

2010

Big Island Girls

3.08.05

Boiler Boys,
Te Tupu

2.39.10

2011

Crown Beach Belles,

3.14.45

Crown Beach

Kings, Outrigger

Aus

2.40.57

2012

Rerenga, Kokiri Tai Patu

3.27.23

Boiler Boys,
Te Tupu

2.42.11

2013

Crown Beach Belles,

3.25.53

Tahiti Nui

2.44.40

2014

Ngakau Toa Vaka

3.27.14

Paea Vaa

2.44.51

2015

Ngakau Toa Vaka

3.03:04

Toa Fetu Boyz of Ngakau Toa/Te Tupu O Te Manava

2.27:20

2016

Ngakau Toa Vaka

3:49:42

Ngakau Toa Vaka

3:05:45

2017

Ngakau Toa Vaka

 

 

 

2018

Te Tupu

3:15:12

Ngakau Toa Vaka

2:44:22

* 36km, but not Round Raro for both men and women due to severe conditions

 

 

 

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