Friday, May 29, 2015

Our Cold Kiwi Series Events

Just so everyone is in the picture. I have been I contact with the Wellington Regional Council Harbour Department......or commonly know as the Harbour Master, who's office is the Territorial Authority on our waterways.

They are aware of the collision on Sunday.

Here's an excerpt from one e-mail

Maritime rules are quite clear (as are all racing rules that I know of) that the overtaking vessel must keep clear. I've been trying to put it into some context, and the best one I can think of is a sailing regatta, where if such an incident occurred it would be dealt with (hopefully) between the competitors themselves, or by the event organisers under the Racing Rules of Sailing (and the event Sailing Instructions) , rather than resorting any Maritime Law.

As the incident occurred between competitors in your event, your racing rules or rules of competition should cover such issues. This could be by some sort of penalty, disqualification, barring competitors from future events etc. Any damage should be dealt with by the offending party and/or insurance.

...and an excerpt from another e-mail

Also I see in your entry conditions that PFD's are required but from the photos not everyone seems to be complying. How do you manage that? Especially important now that the water is cold and with incidents such as you are dealing with.

At the next event we are going to start all W6's two minutes ahead of single paddlers on the long course......however this may not prevent a similar incident occurring must be remembered that as some single craft catch up and pass a W6......we can then be put in a similar situation, if good judgement is not used.

I think you've all heard me say this before......."it's not the Olympics".....and I've also said..... "give people plenty of space and take your time when turning and approaching slower craft."

Since Matariki is on July 4 at Petone.......we'll make the next "Cold Kiwi Series" Event TWO on June 21...... at one of the Wellington City locations......either Oriental Bay, Hataitai Beach or Shelly that way we're spreading the events evenly around each Cities location.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Injury treatment

Every now and again we all get a little broken and require some re allignment.....I'm just getting patched up at the moment.

All the stretching that's required is sometimes not enough for me and accidents do happen. Sometimes on ACC, physiotherapists don't quite cut the mustard...all the time.....not that they are all bad......sometimes we all require extra treatment as part of the total package. There are a number of providers that get us back to work and back to 100% again though not all are covered by ACC.......which is a real shame.

Trevor Hamilton is my go to guy when my body is a mess. Trevor is now in partnership at Functional Bodyworks with Rob Oschner. They are on level 5 at 12 Johnston street, Wellington City. Trevor is fantastic and he's kicking my tennis elbow into touch at the moment.

I also go to Lorraine Phillips at Chiropractic Care at 4 Khandallah Road in Ngaio.
 Lorraine and also Lacey Reedy both specialise in adaptive therapy which uses this adivator device that work's out what amount of pressure is required to re activate or stimulate body parts to loosen up and work as they should do.

These are my go to people......don't go for the no pain, no gain approach....get your body in tune if it's not quite working'll feel much better for it.

Thank you Trevor, Lorraine and Lacey...I really appreciate the work you all do.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cold Kiwi Series @ Onepoto

I don't think we could have asked for a better start for the first Cold Kiwi Series event for 2015.
Porirua City laid it on with a great Autumn day 11 degrees C and just a touch of breeze that hardly set a ripple on the water.

It's easy to say it's flat and too easy but when you are faced with 50 or so craft on the start line......many will agree it's hardly a flat water start with wash all over the place...and for many it takes a while to get into their own paddling groove.

Thanks to Sharlene and also Liz Ruatoto for all the work registering timing everyone as they came through to the finish many close together and Raewyn Anderson for taking charge of Sharlene's camera.

I apologise for my scratchey briefing today I'm a bit rusty...but promise to sharpen up by the time the next event comes along.
We constantly discuss the best way to amalgamate the craft into each event and are very mindful of tides, wind and wave directions which have an impact on smooth turns for all craft......some times we will have courses that work anti clockwise (or ama turn) and days like today we'll have them clockwise......which works best to create up and back leg separation of paddlers.

Next event we will have 3 start times to separate craft and also revert to sticking the tippy kayaks close to shore...... and those who are more stable in their craft slightly further out across the start line

Quick round up, we two course options that can easily converted to three.
The long course start by the Onepoto Jetty and headed past the Yacht Mooring poles opposite Whitireia Park around "tyre" then back to a buoy opposite the Rowing and Kayak Clubs x 2 laps.

The short course option was a buoy 1 km from the start (just before Te Onepoto Bay) and back to Onepoto this was also two was set to give all the SUP's an option of not bashing into the wind if it blew up.

As with most years we are having a major spot prize draw at the last event....the collecting of all the event funds allows us to buy some really meaningful prizes that will again be relative to all our sports.
Every event we will have 2 to 3 spot prizes. Today we had 2 x Adrenalin 2 P Thermal tops from Fergs Kayaks...they were won by Andrew Carey (second to last photo).... and Trevor MacDonald in (the last photo)

Event 3 or 4 we will be back to Porirua City.....but we'll time that event on a high tide.

The next event is June 21......and don't forget the Matariki Challenge at Petone has been shifted to July 4.

4 km short course

32:08 Darryn Irving  SUP 14 ft
34:09 Lei Faletolu     SUP 12.6
36.45 Traci Linders        SUP 12.6

1 lap of long course 3.75 km

21:10 Neil O'Brien
23:01 Rob Futter
26:13 Sharon Henderson

Long course 7.5 km

37:25 Glenn Muirhead K1
40:10 Andrew Carey SS
40:14 Chester Burt SS
40:39 Matt Archer K1
42:09 Joern Scherzer W1
42:22 Derek Cox MK
42:31 David McKnight SS
42:32 Kyle Christensen SS
42:42 Dave Dellabarca SS
43:34 Pa Taitoko W1
43:42 Barton Fletcher SS
43:54 Almost Golden W6
43:59 Les Morris SS
44:31 Peter Melling SS
44:39 Marianna Hodges W1
44:42 Sandy Winterton SK
44:50 George Faalogo W1
44:58 Sandbar Tahuna W6
45:01 Colin Crampton SS
45:03 John Toomath SS
45:08 Piki Emery W1
45:09 James Sadler W1
45:30 Karl Timu W1
45:53 Graham Daniel SS
46:09 Rueben Hill SS
46:49 Matt Penney MK
46:57 Owen Rodda SS
48:38 Pete Notman MK
48:57 Andy Hanara W1
49:02 Rodney Collier W1
49:12 Nicole Ranger MK
49:28 Terry Gardiner W1
50:37 Dennis Ngatai W1
51:05 Dick Dinsdale SS
51:51 Trevor MacDonald SK
52:05 Ross Heald MK
52:34 Paula Napier W1
53:43 Donna Walford-Collier W1
55:12 Jeff Chapman W1
55:34 Karl Le Quesne SUP 14 ft
56:04 Ann Bondy W1
58:17 Ray Baker-Underhill W1
60:52 Jillian Warren SUP 12.6
61:47 Eleni Fiso W1
64:27 Phil Weeks SUP 14 ft
65:50 Caroline Bartley W1
68:15 Amanda Rota W1

More photos on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page's the link

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