Saturday 11 June 2011 | Published in Regional
Avarua harbour is the place to be to see all the Cook Islands Te Aito action as paddlers contest the countrys premier oe vaka singles race.
Women paddlers in the open, masters and under 19 divisions will start todays V1 races at 10am and they will tackle a 14km course starting from Avarua.
The mens race, which will include open, masters and under 19 paddlers, starts at 1pm and is expected to be a thrilling race with the halfway turnaround mark of the 28km course to be set in the Avarua harbour and thats sure to make for some fantastic close up action for spectators as paddlers battle it out around the mark.
The inclusion of gun Raiatea paddlers Tamatea Bourgerie, Marakai Marakai, Steve Hart, Titaua Hart and Kiwi paddler Clayton Wikairai is sure to add spice to the race in its second year.
The course is dependent on the weather conditions today.
Women paddlers are asked to be at the Avarua harbour at 9am for registrations while registrations for the mens race start at 12pm.
Following todays race there will be a wrap up party and prize giving at the Whatever Bar and Grill. The junior Tama Aito will be run on Monday at Muri.