Queen & King of the Bay - Saturday February 26th
A superb 26km paddle along the coastline in Tasman Bay, past Motueka, Kina and Ruby Bay. The prevailing wind in summer is a northerly, which is a tail wind over the paddlers left shoulder. Sea conditions are typically wind generated chop, more like lake conditions as opposed to open ocean. Depending on the lines paddlers take, they can be up to 3km from shore during the race.
Anywhere along the race course provides safe landing making this route an ideal paddle for all abilities. The race will only run with onshore winds and incoming tide.
Port Mapua (Water finish, off corner of Mapua Wharf)
Registration 11:30am - 12:45pm (Kaiteriteri Beach)
Event Briefing for all paddlers 1:00pm
5 - 1:15pm Social (average speed = 8-9km/h)
4 - 1:30pm (average speed = 9-10km/h)
3 - 1:45pm (average speed = 10-11km/h)
2 - 2:00pm Elite Women (average speed = 11-12km/h)
1 - 2:15pm Elite Men (average speed = 12-13+km/h)
Paddle times range from 1:40-3:00 hours
Paddlers can choose whatever start wave they feel matches their ability best
To be eligible for the overall winners titles, the women must start in Race 2, and the men in Race 1
Mapua Wharf 5:00pm
If the wind is offshore on the event day, the race will start and finish in Kaiteriteri. There will be a 20km course around Ngaio Island, Adele and Fishermans Islands.