Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cold Kiwi Series Event THREE this Sunday

We had a good warm up on Sunday just been for Event THREE coming up this weekend.......man it was freezing at Mana......a cold wind blowing straight into the start/finish arena is not the way we prefer our set ups. Having said that Dolly Vardon Park July 13 didn't offer the shelter we like to aim for at each event either......Anyhow onwards and upwards.....we'll do better this Sunday!

Long Range Forecast Sunday:

Southerlies looking like they will be of a moderate wind speed at this stage, the Southerlies follow through to Monday which has an even kinder outlook again, if we hit Monday's forecast we'll have struck Gold!

Course options:

We have a high tide in Wellington Harbour at 10:15am so there won't be any tidal drag/movement it'll just be wind to use to our advantage. Early days yet but we're looking at Freyberg Beach for our venue and a course around to Snapper Point and back....
4 km short course and twice for 8 km.

Shower and Spa pool at Freyberg to warm up after, Parade Cafe and Beach Babylon close enough to throw a small stick at for all you foodies.

So to round it up we had Petone for event ONE, Porirua for event TWO......so all things being equal City side will be a goer this Sunday.

3 more updates to come...... including the final venue announcement Saturday at 9.45......24 hours before the event start time.

Big thanks to Swazi for the cozy warm top spot prize for each event......All the entry money goes into one big voucher at the last one.

We value your support on the water....that's what inspires us to run these types of events......with out paddlers on the water we have nothing.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Big thanks

Hey Big thanks to some of the regular Cold Kiwi Series paddlers for getting out and supporting the Canoe Racing New Zealand 10 km series event at Mana today. Leisanne Faletolu W1, Mike Tate K1....and Rueben Hill, Graham Daniel, Jeff Booth, John Toomath, Barton Fletcher,  Dave McKnight  and myself all on surf skis. I am sure the Mana Kayak Racing Club appreciated your support.

On behalf of us Paddlers thank you to Matt Warren for Organising this
event, Karen Simpson who's a Paid administrator for Canoe Racing New Zealand helping out, Mana KRC members helping out in bigger numbers on the shoreline, the ladies who made delicious soup, snarlers and plenty of home baking to fuel paddlers back up again.

About the course.....it started flat for the under 16 event, but we knew from the forecast that 30 to 50 kmh Southerlies were coming
through........so the course was changed just before the Open and Masters event. The Southerly teased us a bit at times, except for the last lap which provided plenty of challenges and the odd capsize into very chilly water. It was still 5 laps, (10km total) up to Whitireia and back.

A good day out, cool, but warm clothing made it seem like any other regular winter's day paddling. Great to see a few of the Wanganui Paddlers coming down, we'll return the favour, with some of us popping up to your CRNZ event in two weeks time.

Nice work people........now that everyone's warmed up we'll see you at the next Cold Kiwi Series event next Sunday........follow the 4 weather updates (here) from Tuesday through to last one on Saturday....at 10am when we'll announce the final venue....Read the flyer on the right hand side of this page.

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You can find results from today's event on http://www.canoeracing.org.nz/home-1/news/archive/2014/kayak-krazy-10km-series---mana

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Outlook for Sunday...

Southerlies dying away out at Porirua Harbour which could mean this may occur later in the afternoon....so expect something around 20kmh to 40 kmh @ 3 days out.

The times I've been on the water or checking out the FB timeline I've seen some good keen people posting their on water activities, which is inspiring to many who are loving the look of the couch on some of the snakey cold days we've had over the last 10 days....on the bright side some days haven't been that bad at all....it's winter, it only comes once a year :-)... just get out on the water and embrace it.

Have a post paddle pic from last Saturday out doing some coaching......but more yakking, our student has been making some awesome progress while we've been away, he has the basics under his belt.....Ian Ferguson can come down and expel the finery's of technique into him......that and the Dawid Mocke.....surf ski paddling book he has....good work JT.
Not surprisingly with the balmy conditions on Saturday morning there were 3 x Evo II's, 1 x Eze and 1 x Ion and 5 rowing craft all on Oriental Parade within an hour of each other.......if we were up earlier we would have caught Tio and Graham and the boys in the Tu Nui Club W6....and a few other surf skis and SUP's......of course Petone and Porirua were also hotbeds for many getting in their water time also.

My water time has been somewhat erratic over the last 3 to 4 months just taking it easy at the moment just doing enough to stop the body from seizing up. I'll still be out on the water on Sunday for the 10 k-er it's all about making up the field and supporting local events....

Test drove my new www.millenniumpaddles.co.nz Pleiades today thanks Corey Hogg for the custom blades with titanium tips and hybrid carbon/kevlar frontage, also my custom Rochfort/Paddlesticks balanced crank shaft, thanks Shane.....the whole shabang weighed in at 700 grams......big change from the 950gram rig I've been using for the past year :-) Again they had the big pimp up with Think Kayak logos and Think Kayak racing stripes!
Skis on Oriental Parade, the blades, the blades....O for oarsome.... thanks Corey....and the gear lounging around on the grass at Cog Park/Hataitai Beach today.

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