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.
The Vaka Village filled quickly yesterday evening as a crowd gathered at the Avarua harbour to be a part of the 2014 Vaka Eiva vaka blessing ceremony.
The Lae'ula o Kai Club of Maui, Hawai’i will bring 40 paddlers to the beautiful shores of Rarotonga to compete in this year’s Vaka Eiva outrigger canoeing races.
Next month’s Vaka Eiva Festival is set to have a few new exciting inclusions in the week long paddling programme in the form of the sprint kayaks.