Having a great battle through much of the Round Raro Oe Vaka Relay Race, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pinuela team pulled away in the last 5km to win the overall and open men’s title. Picture: AGNES TERE/22112701
More paddlers from around the world should participate in the Cook Islands Canoeing Association’s Round Raro V6 36km race, says New Zealand-based Cook Islands paddler Teremoana Tere
Tere’s Team Pinuela from New Zealand won the open
men’s race over the weekend. Rarotonga’s Te Tupu finished close behind in
second place followed by Ngakau Toa.
This race was Tere’s second in Round Raro, his first
race was in 2013.
“The race was a good experience,” said Tere. “A good
battle with Te Tupu made us work hard, the conditions were good, we had some
surf and some parts were real challenging for us.”
“For most of the boys this was the first time paddling here in Raro, which
certainly was an eye opener but good experience for them.
“It certainly is the best welcoming back in from the
locals with the ei.”
The 2022 Round Raro Oe Vaka Relay (Crew Change) Race
was a first for many of the ladies crew for Ngakau Toa’s Mangaia Maidens who
had decided following the Cook Islands Games that they would like to stay
together and take on the Round Raro challenge.
Undergoing a tough training regimen under coach Ray
Lambert, the women put in an impressive effort finishing in a time of 4.03.05
hours steered by Tevai Samuel who ironed the race,
Te Tupu’s master women with stalwarts Annie Fisher,
Marianne Dyer, Tonia Taua and Lin Andrew had a solid paddle around the island
in time of 4.06.51 hrs, and will be heading to Aitutaki to take part in the
Motu 2 Motu challenge.
The Canadian River Runners enjoyed their first ocean
changes race coming in sixth overall in a good time of 3.49.13 in the master
mixed division. And Te Tupu senior master men’s team steered by Maki Raukete
came in fifth overall in a time of 3.46.50.
Cook Islands Canoeing Association (CICA) president
Teina Taulu congratulated all who participated in the week of paddling, and
thanked volunteers for their time. Taulu also acknowledged their sponsors –
Trader Jacks, CIs Ship Owners Association, Vodafone, The Recovery Station,
Reelaxing Fishing Charters, Moeau Made, Jewellery by Emilene and Boba Inu for
“We look forward to welcoming teams back for Vaka Eiva
2023,” said Taulu.
The CICA 2022 Oe Vaka National Race Results for the
Round Raro Relay Race 36km are as follows.
Open Men: 1st Aotearoa New Zealand, Team
Pineula - Simon Wolfgram, Teremoana Tere, Jason Ashford, Jason Reti, Luke
Wainui, Kereama Budggood-Noa, Johno Smith, Higgins Courtney, JB Ioaba, Paora
Monk, time 2.57.19, canoe #40 Anuenue; 2nd Cook Islands Te Tupu O Te
Manava - Raniera Ellison, Andre Tutaka-George, Ina Nooroa, Phil Ave, Conrad
Hunter, Damien Beddoes, Josh Mitchell, Arno Theijssen, Allen Sullivan, Reuben
Dearlove, time 2.59.01, canoe #96 Traders; 3rd Cook Islands Ngakau
Toa Vaka Bunnies On - Benjamin Raela,
Tom Weeks, Jimmy Mataroa, Joe Smith, Rouru Une, Damien Heather, Pongi Oti, Mike
Steele, Tupuna Amo, time 3.16.23, canoe #3.
Open Women: 1st Cook Islands Te Tupu O Te
Manava Maroro - Serena Hunter, Tamsyn Dearlove-Chambers, Paulina Beddoes,
Noovai Aspris, Lotu Vea, Shannon Dixon, Inano Matapo, Geni Walters, Raanj
Rapana, Tina Mitchell, time 3.38.06, canoe #39;
2nd Cook Islands Te Tupu O Te Manava - Tabby Berg, Nicole
Spurle, Emilene Taulu, Mareta Monga, Nana Monga, Danielle Paiti, Fiona Pearson,
Memory Heather, Teina Taulu, Samantha Ellison, time 3.51.46, canoe #6 General;
3rd Cook Islands Ngakau Toa Vaka Blue Wave - Kelly Pick, Tara
Cumming, Emii Akava, Vina Manuel, Lavinia Rasmussen, Pourie Kaina, Maddison
Spurle, Natalie Kaina, Sheeny Teariki, Joyce Fortes, time 3.56.35, canoe #4
Delilicious; 4th Cook Islands Ngakau Toa Vaka Mangaian Maidens -
Toru Nooroa, Dee Tatira, Mata Vogel, Tungane Pare, Andrinna Tiro, Xenia Kae,
Iti Pou Takaiti, Frances Akaruru, Tungane Gribble, Tevai Samuel, time 4.03.05,
canoe #1 Island Craft.
Master Women 1st Cook Islands Te Tupu O Te
Manava Beluga Latte's - Annie Fisher, Tonia Taua, Marianne Dyer, Mylan Lane,
Pare Tangata, Kara Pikari, Chev Reti, Lynda Newton, Kylie Young, Lin Andrews,
time 4.06.51, canoe #7 Fishers.
Master Mix 1st Canada Rideau Valley River
Runners - Isabelle Fradette, Lar Robinson, Claire Robinson, Kimberlee Stuart,
Diane Crocker, Mark Brule, Cathy Brule, Marie-Andre Jacques, Lynn Shephard,
Vesna Radonich, time 3.49.13, canoe #35
Senior Master Men 1st Cook Islands Te Tupu
O Te Manava Jerryactics - Rob Brown, Hori Miller, Nathan Harwood, Mii Siliar,
Jarl Arneric, Craig Murray, Pere Makiha, Mark George, Sani Sosene, Maki
Raukete, time 3.46.50, canoe #38.