Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Picture tells a thousand words.....

                        Coastline between Karehana and Pukerua Bays

                      Leon Rossbotham 1 kms offshore past Pukerua Bay

                      Neil Taylor, Leon Rossbotham and Jeff Booth

                    Highway between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki

                     Mike Tate with Kapiti Island in the background

                            Dave McKnight at Paekakariki

                    Les Morris outside the NZX, Frank Kitts Lagoon, Wellington
                     Bruce Moller, Rose Bay Challenge 2014, Sydney Harbour
              Bruce Moller repping the Flow Kayaks Superstar & Welly Paddlers

Do you own or carry one of these?

Sydney photos: courtesy of Sydney City Renault's album from the 2014 Rose Bay Challenge view and like Sydney City Renault and Surfski Australia on Facebook for more images.


Setting off expired Flares

Room for 5 only persons aboard the 'Steve Mayree' leaving Queens Wharf (near the Dockside Restaurant) at 8.10pm on Wed. 23 rd April for a position in the inner Harbour to discharge around 100 close to date expired marine pyrotechnics. Another boat (the 'Madison') will be further east for trialing some new to the market electronic visual distress signals (eVDS's).  Those attending would need to bring and wear a PFD.

Contact Coastguard Safety Officer  Lew Robinson 04 3836267 (Hm)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Best images from the Downwind Recce


Welly Paddlers - Downwind Practice April 2014 from David McKnight on Vimeo.

Make sure you view the video in HD......click on the play arrow.....when it plays click HD right of screen..........then click "the play in HD box" ..........it'll then go to vimeo and you'll see it in amazing clarity.

Here's are a selection of the best images from yesterdays Recce Downwinder. Big thanks to Shaz Winiata for her photography and Dave McKnight for running his two Go Pro Hero3 cameras, providing his editing suite and also huge thanks to Incubus for the use of their music.....we'll see you again in Wellington for your next concert here.....and there's a free tour around the harbour on the surf skis when you get here!

The World Series Ocean Racing event "The Doctor" in Perth has now shifted (from mid January) to November 27 & 28 we'll be placing the "Welly Ocean Classic" on December 6 and 7 with the aim of enticing 2014 World Ocean Racing Champion Sean Rice from Think Kayak over to NZ to extend his racing or have a break.
















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The video will follow late today or tomorrow.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wish you were here.

Wow nice conditions to blood the local surf ski paddlers into Ocean Racing.

Today's recce paddle down the Mana Kapiti Coastline went pretty much without a hitch.


This 19 km stint today from Ngatitoa Domain to Paekakariki is the fore runner to the big "Welly Downwinder" in December 2014 or January 2015. With the huge Ocean Racing World Series event "The Doctor" in Perth now changed to the end of November we are looking to position our event before or after.....with the idea that International paddlers, especially those from the Northern Hemisphere, Australia and South Africa may wish to cross the ditch to extend their break from home and stay "Down under" for the two week period.

The course is a pearler even in the lighter South Easterly that we had today, which is offered a bit of shelter along the Coastline.......when the Northerly comes through it's "game on" and you can get some huge linking down wind runs..... along this mix of rocky and sandy beached Coastline.

All paddlers we all pretty much organised for the cooler 13 degrees C temperatures and a keen 28kmh Southeasterly that belted through a couple of times with 55 kmh gusts off the valleys and ridge tops between Te RewaRewa Point and Wairaka Point (just before
Pukerua Bay).

The last 9km from this point produced some of the best linking swells we could get with 3/4 metre to 1 metre swells providing plenty of forward momentum.

We started in two groups the first group of three had a 6 minute head start and the next group of 5 off after that.

Big thanks to the paddlers Rueben Hill (Paekakariki) Graham Daniel (Whitby) Dave McKnight (Tawa) Mike Tate (Levin) Neil Taylor (Nelson) Leon Rossbotham (Whangaroa, Bay of Islands) Jeff Booth (Eastbourne) Chester Burt (Miramar).

Big thanks to Sharlene Winiata, Leonie Howell & Sarah, Kate Booth, Lei Faletolu, Bart Fletcher, Pauline Dennehy, Catriona, James & Connor McKnight and Monica (Neil's girl friend)....... For acting as transportion dynamos, shoreline safety points and also providing some great photos.

Here's a few photos from Bart Fletcher just to wet everyone's appetites.........a slideshow to come tomorrow night and also some on water video from Dave McKnight....the video may also feature some dolphins that Dave spotted...........as long as the battery didn't go flat!

some photos here....more tomorrow.... off to work now!

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