This relay race is locked in for February 22, 2020 at the height of New Zealand summer on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf, just 15 km from the city of Auckland.
This is to become a signature event on the Auckland sports calendar and will attract paddlers from the 4 corners of the world, including California, Hawaii, Brazil and France, and the home of the many a champion in the disciple of Va’a, Tahiti.
The racing vessels shall either be a one man waka ama (outrigger canoe), surfski, or a standup paddleboard (SUP). Also we welcome 2, 3 and 4 man Waka Ama craft.
If you would like to use another type of paddle craft that is capable of making the finish cutoff time of 4 pm, we will consider your entry, and in all likelihood welcome you. All teams are eligible for spot prizes. Waka Ama (Va’a) teams are also eligible for cash prizes up to $600
The race will start and finish at a location to be confirmed, we are considering Palm Beach on the northern side of the Island. To complete the race, Waiheke Island must have been circumnavigated. This will take less than 5.5 hours for experienced fit paddlers. In 2019, the top 2 teams completed the course in 5 hours flat (in rough imperfect conditions).
SUP, & novice waka ama teams shall start at an earlier time of 8am, so as to meet the 4pm cutoff for finishing.
This is a relay event.
We recommend that you have a team of 4 paddlers minimum however, you may just have 2 or 3 if you are all fit and experienced.
We also welcome W2 (2 man outrigger canoes) relay teams.
Only one person shall be in the canoe/sup/surfski paddling at any given time. At any given time, the paddler in the racing vessel may be substituted out by another paddler who will have been dropped off by the support boat, and is waiting in the water for his turn to board the racing vessel, once the previous paddler has alighted/bailed out of it. This paddler shall then carry on with the race until he himself is substituted by another team member.
Each team will be escorted by it’s own motorised support boat which will be carrying the other members of the team who aren’t paddling at that point in time. For 2 and 3 member teams there will be the option to share a support boat as long as the teams are evenly matched. We will be collating a database of support boats that you may use as an escort craft, if you cannot arrange one for your own team.
Hauraki gulf map
For participants that are arriving from the mainland, one mode of transport, and the least expensive to travel to the Island, is to launch your support boat at Maraetai or Beachlands, and motor the 10 km across Tamaki Strait to the location of the race start/finish at Wharetana Bay. You can either lash your racing craft to the side of your support boat, or paddle it across with your support boat at your side, escorting you. Alternatively there will be a large 16 m boat capable of carrying a dozen or more single wakas and it’s crewmembers, that you can board at Maraetai to get your racecraft over to Waiheke Island early on the morning of the event. This boat will also bring you back that evening or on the Sunday morning. Cost for this will be $90 return, plus $19 per teammember.
Waiheke Island, along with other islands in the Hauraki Gulf, and the Coromandel Peninsula , shelter the waters of the eastern beaches of Auckland proper from most easterly swells that have developed in the Pacific Ocean. The northern coastline of Waiheke can still receive significant swell to its shores, and the southern coastline that faces the mainland of Auckland, is unsheltered from the prevailing Southwesterlies that dominate NZ's weather systems. Therefore, you may experience 2 separate sea/weather conditions during the race. The good thing is that the cold will not be a problem in the middle of our summer season. The biggest caution is over exposure to our intense Southern Hemisphere sun.
Climate & Weather Averages in Hauraki GulF
February Climate & Weather Averages in Hauraki Gulf Maritime ParK
High Temp: 24 °C
Low Temp: 17 °C
Mean Temp: 20 °C
Precipitation: 48.7 mm
Dew Point: 11 °C
Wind: 15 km/h
Pressure: 1016 mbar
Visibility: 21 km
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