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Monday 27 February 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby


Fun in the sun at annual vaka race
The Air New Zealand crew paddled in second overall in the final race with a time of 47 secs. Picture: PETER FRENCH/23022616

In the scorching sun where the only place to cool off was in the inviting sparkling sea, 16 oe vaka corporate teams battled for top prize at Vaiana’s Bistro & Bar beachfront on Saturday afternoon.

The venue was perfect for a wonderful family day out for the V12 200 metre sprint races, which had been on hold for four years due to the Covid pandemic.

Paddling in first and claiming the fastest team was the oe vaka team of the day, FAVE Design, with a time of 45.97 seconds. They also took out the final overall winner of the day prize.

Funds raised from the annual Cook Islands Canoeing Association (CICA) Oe Vaka Corporate Race is used to assist national teams competing at international competitions.

Training has already started for paddlers to compete at the International Va’a Federation 2023 World Distance Championships which will be held in Samoa in August.

Having fun in the sun at the CICA Oe Vaka Corporate Race event on Saturday. 23022605

A team will also be paddling in the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands later in the year.


Fastest Team of the Day - FAVE Design 45.97 secs; Best Dressed Team - Rehab Paddle Pops; First in Reverse winners - Viper Stingers 66.18 secs; Tug-o-War winners – Ministry of Corrections – Team Prison Break.

Battle of the Banks:1st Bank of the Cook Islands, 52.19 secs; 2nd Capital Security Bank, 62.91 secs; 3rd ANZ Bank, 65.91; 4th Bank of South Pacific, 66.69 secs.

Final - Back of the Line: 1st - CIs Customs in a time of 58.46 secs;

2nd Capital Securities Bank, 60 secs; and 3rd CIs Printing Supplies, 61.46 secs.

Final Winners: 1st – FAVE Design in a time of 45.97 secs; 2nd Air New Zealand, 47 secs and 3rd Koka Lagoon Cruises, 48.36 secs.