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Bay of Islands Waka Festival

When:

Sat 21 Apr 2018, 8:00am–5:00pm
Sun 22 Apr 2018, 8:00am–1:00pm

Where: Te Ti Beach, Paihia, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: steph9

Nau mai piki mai haere mai.

This is a 2 day event, with races for all ages – sprints, short distances and a long race. Novice midgets through to serious paddlers!

We have a very special race as well on the Sunday. The 25km "Kris Kjeldsen Memorial Race - Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri" race was founded in the Bay of Islands 26 years ago by the late Kris Kjelsden, a father of the sport in New Zealand, but had not been held for 17 years, until it was revived at the inaugural Bay of Islands Waka Festival in 2017.

The base is Te Tii Beach Waitangi Bridge end, a spectacular spot to watch the racing or get your paddle on!

Programme Saturday 21st April - 8am to 9am Registration, safety checks.
9am Karakia - Race Briefing

Race One:
9:30am Race One – W6 – Midgets 7 – 10 yrs - Novice Intermediates 11-15 yrs.
- Several races – for each age group
- 1km Midgets, 1.5km Juniors, 2 km J16’s - handicapped starts

Race Two:
12.30 Registration / safety checks/ Race Briefing for Race 2 and 3
1pm - Race Two - Team and Solo W1 and W2 Opens, J19 and J16’s Team Race W1 and W2
divisions.
- Teams of 4 for the W2
- Teams of 2 for W1.
- There will be W1 rudder and rudderless divisions.
- The waka will complete 4 x 5km triangle circuits changing team members after a beach run up a chute on completion of each circuit.
- All start together – will be timed - a Handicap will be applied. Winner fastest time overall after handicap applied.

Race Three:
3pm Race Three – W6, J16’s, Novice Opens and experienced intermediates 11 – 15 yr olds.
- J16 and Novice opens, approx 10km
- Staggered starts - reflecting handicap
- Only 1 race if you need extra waka for your team please organise prior

When race finished Prize giving and meal. Programme Sunday 22nd April. 8am to 8:30am Registration/safety checks.

Sunday. 22nd April
8:30am Karakia/Race Briefing

Race Four - Kris Kjeldsen Memorial Race - Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri

9am Race 4 - Kris Kjeldsen Memorial Race - Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri.
25.4 km (alternate course weather depending – 23.4km)
- W6 only
- A race out into the Bay, around Motuarohia (Roberton Island) to the
Western Point of Moturua Island and back to Waitangi.
- W6 – Men, womens, mixed and J19
- Stagger start. Women and mixed –
- Only J19 and older can be in this race

On arrival Waitangi Soup served!
When race finished prizegiving and thanks.

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