Saturday, October 18, 2014

Downwinder ONE today

A half descent windswell pushing waves through to 1 metre high in places gave paddlers plenty of challenges just off Plimmerton;'s South Beach today.

The 9 km course started from The Plimmerton Boating Club and within 2 minutes of exiting the shelter of the Northern end of Karehana Bay there were plenty of cross swell riding challenges to keep everyone on their toes over the 3 km stretch to Porirua Harbour entrance. Once into Porirua Harbour the sheltered conditions made life a lot easier. Still with small swells to ride and an outgoing tide there was still a bit of work to do to get to the Whitireia turn buoy at the the mark and just to stretch the arms out a bit further it was a short upwind (with the tide) to a turn buoy 70 metres off the Onepoto shoreline....a quick squirt back upwind and it was 9 km done and dusted.

Full credit to everyone who took part today.... the conditions out there sure were tricky in patches.

Big thanks to all paddlers who back tracked and double checked on fellow paddlers, it's all about teamwork and looking after your mates and this was demonstrated well today.

Here's a link to a vid Dave McKnight put together from today's event using his two cameras

18 October2014 - Welly Paddlers Downwind Practice Run from David McKnight on Vimeo.

Here are the times from today;

Mike Tate             33.48         46:36 SS
Chester Burt         34.25        46:59 SS
Blake Dyer            36:10        50:22 SS
Dave McKnight      36:26        55:50 SS
James Sadler          37:26        52:57 W1
Graham Daniel       39:12        54:53 SS
Raewyn Anderson                  60:25 W1
Lei Faletolu                           60:29 W1
Neil O'Brien                          61:22 W1

SS - surf ski
W1 - Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoe) single

Thanks to Sharon Henderson for all her help today Sharlene has some photos which she'll put on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page by tomorrow night.


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