Kitelicious once again took out the Corporates Oe vaka title on Saturday. 19041517/19041520/CICA
The fun filled Oe Vaka Corporate Race will return this afternoon at Vaiana’s Beach in Nikao after a lapse of four years due to Covid pandemic.
Sixteen teams will battle for
the top prize in the V12 200 metres sprint event starting with registrations at
The first race will start at
Cook Islands Canoeing
Association (CICA) president Teina Taulu said the event was last held in 2019.
“We didn’t hold it in 2020 and
2021 due to Covid-19. And then in 2022, people were coming out of Covid,
working on their businesses and getting back on track and a whole lot of people
left the country so we decided not to hold it that year.
“Everyone is now keen to get
back on the water.”
The 16 participating teams
come from various sectors – government agencies, private sector, banks, tourism
(hotels) and families.
The teams are required to
bring 11 paddlers – maximum of six men per team and maximum two Cook Islands
Canoeing paddlers per team. Cook Islands Canoeing Association will provide the
12th paddler (steerer) who will be allocated on the day of the race.
“The two CICA paddlers are
those who have represented the country at international events like the Pacific
Games and international federation competitions,” Taulu said.
“CICA will provide the steerer
and nobody knows who their steerers will be. The steerers will stay with a team
for four races before they will be changed. All the men and women steerers we
will provide are experienced steerers.
“Training has been going well
and all teams are looking forward to the event.”
The competition will get
underway with a seeding race and each team will get three races each before the
final four is determined.
Taulu said they would have a
lot of fun activities in between the races to keep the participants and
The annual Oe Vaka Corporate
Race is a fundraiser event used to raise money for national teams competing at
Cook Islands will compete in
the International Va’a Federation 2023 World Distance Championships in Samoa in
August and the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands later in the year.