Strong 35km an hour winds and high sea swells made for tough Vaka Eiva paddling conditions for both safety crews and paddlers in yesterday’s six man vaka Iron Challenge race.
Vakas lined the beach in front of Sails Restaurant yesterday as the mapu Vaka Eiva paddlers took on the elements at the junior’s race day in Muri.
Vaka Eiva continues to prove its high safety standards with safety crews for the event being acknowledged for their valuable work on day one of the paddling festival. Saturdays OC1 and V1 races marked the first day of the week long Vaka Eiva event with some 600 participants on the island to compete.
An overcast sky did little to dampen the spirits of Vaka Eiva paddlers and spectators at yesterdays races held in Muri where adult paddlers took part in sprint races and junior paddlers raced over a lagoon marathon course.
Paddlers were met with challenging three metre sea swells and strong easterly winds on Saturday for the first day of the Vaka Eiva festival.
Avarua harbour will be buzzing with more excitement than usual this morning as paddlers gear up for the first day of races for the 2014 Vaka Eiva competition.