Well it's the usual Christmas rush.....everyone wants something done by yesterday.
So in light of this and that fact many of you could be working more than you're paddling at the moment...Downwinder Three is going to be shortened slightly.
We are opting for a run from Pukerua Bay (Ocean Parade boat ramp) to Raumati South (Garden Road end of Raumati Rd) (14 km)...or in reverse depending on which way the wind is blowing.
With the wind at your backs it'll be a quick paddle.
Here are the rules:
9 am Start
PFD's, leg leashes,spraydecks, bailers, pumps, paddle float, spare paddle, flare or any equipment appropriate to your craft must be carried
Bright coloured clothing must be worn for visibility.....2 bright fluoro colours preferable PFD/top and hat
A Cellphone in a waterproof case must be carried
Event Safety number is 027 4581 005
There will be no motorised safety craft on the course.
The maximum distance off shore at the fartherest point is 1.5km....you can also paddle this course 50 to 100 metres offshore by following the Coastline if you don't feel confident on your craft stability wise.
We will arrive at the start venue 1 1/2 hours before the start......paddlers turn up at that time an organise shuttles between yourselves if you don't have a driver....otherwise we'll take your gear to the finish and shuttles can be arranged after the spot prizes are dished out
The event is open to:
waka ama singles and doubles
adventure racing double and double sea kayaks
stand up paddle boards
entry is $10 person
enter on the day
The final course will be posted here 24 hours before the event start...we reserve the right to shift the course to Porirua or Wellington Harbours if the Coastal conditions are scrappy and don't allow us straight and positive downwind conditions
Entry money from the first two events has accumulated so we'll have a half descent spot prize pool and gear to give away.
Remember the Kapiti/Mana Downwinder is still scheduled from Jan 24/25 (Raumati to Mana 24km)
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