Wednesday, February 10, 2021

30th Anniversary of "The Motorway Classic"

This years event is on Sunday March 21.

The Motorway Classic has always been a staple of Wellington Paddlers diets for 30 years now, it's a great local event and it's one that we should all encourage out mates and clubmates to particpate in at least once in their life time.

Being the 30th Anniversary Event we've injected some extra financial resources into the event and we are also fortunate enough to have a couple of Angel investors come on board with us for the 2021 event.

2019 W6 start

As with all our events we have an event link so everything you need to know is here -

Originally the Motorway Classic was a 13 km event however we added the 6 km & 3 km options in 2012 to allow a stepping stone for new paddlers to be part of the Event. 

To run an Event of this scale we have an entry close off date which is 2 days prior. We post detail on our Welly Paddlers Facebook where we show you how the weather is tracking.

We have a number of means of communicating with us.

email -

Message the Welly Paddlers Facebook page or make a comment on a post.

Ph Chester 022 6455 820

*** DON'T FORGET :The Motorway Classic is an ideal final hitout prior the the Porirua Grand Traverse which is on the following weekend Sunday March 28. Go to to find out more. ***


**********  Here is the Event detail as it appears on the Facebook link :

Event location - Honiana Te Puni Reserve, Petone (by the Wellington Waterski Club)
Sunday March 21, 2021
Registration from 8.30 am
Event briefing at 9.40 am
Start times
10.00 am Recreational 13 km
10.15 am All W6's and surf canoes 13 km
10.17 am All Kayaks surf skis and W1's and doubles 13 km
10.20 am short courses (3 km & 6 km)
Spot prizegiving 12.15 pm - 12.30 pm (10 minutes after the last paddler finishes)
Open to : all kayaks, - all waka ama - all surf skis - adventure racing doubles - prone paddle boards - stand up paddle boards - surf canoes
All paddlers must wear a PFD, all kayaks must use spray skirts, all ocean racing surf skis must wear a leg leash, all waka ama must carry a bailer (unless a sit on top ocean waka)
Entry Fees :
long course :
$30 singles
$40 doubles
$50 surf canoes
$60 W6's
$100 W12's

Short course entrants, Under 18 & 60+......take 50% off the above fees
Late entry fee (extra $10 per craft) applies from Friday March 19 th at 7 pm....late entries will be taken up until 7 pm Saturday March 20.....NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN ON THE DAY

*** We recycle ***
If you have an existing "Welly Paddlers" event number on your craft from one of our previous Welly Paddlers events...... please let us know this event number when you enter......some people have a few craft......and each craft has it's own number.
Entry to
Name ...........................
Type of craft.................. i.e W1, W6, surf ski, multsiport, K1, SUP, prone, surf canoe
Distance....................... 13 km open, 13 km recreational start, 6 km or 3 km
Town, City...................................
date of birth / or average age if a crew..............................
*** Please note if you are reasonably new to paddling we recommend you do either the 6km or 3 km rather than the 13 km. ***
Online payment - Welly Paddlers - Kiwibank 38-9016-0568806-02
Please use your - "Surname" or "Team name".....on the online banking payment "reference box"
The course maps have been posted on - January 2021.
There will be 2 x event updates on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page on the Wednesday and Saturday (by 10 am) in the week leading up to the event. These posts will show weather, course, location, facilities detail and any courses changes.
There will be 1 x motorised boat that will act as a tail end charlie. The course is not suitable for K1's and every paddler must be able to self rescue by either rolling or remounting your craft. Just like anything in life it requires practice, practice, practice to maintain your skill level / competencies.
Any inquiries 022 6455 820 & Emergency event number on the day is 027 4581 005.
We operate our Safety on Marine channel VHF 77 *********************

2019 short course start

2019 long course start
Below the 2019 Event with sponsor Terry Newsome from Nelo NZ / i-paddle NZ, Auckland (centre back); clockwise NZ Ocean Surf ski Champion Andy Mowlem, Perth; 12 x Molokai Ocean racing Champion / CEO of Nelo surf ski, Oscar Chalupsky, Porto; Rodrigo Azubel, Melbourne; Joerg Bungert, Wellington; Seth Putnam-Rea Vancouver
Below is the 13 km long course
Below are the short courses : 1 x lap = 3 km and 2 x laps = 6 km 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Summer Paddling Events


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Welly Paddlers summer activties

Sunday December 20 - Matiu Island - 8.4 km & 6.6 km or view the Event detail at the bottom of this post

Sunday January 24 - Dolly Vardon Beach - 8 - 10 km (Wellington Anniversary weekend)

Sunday February 14 - Seatoun 8 km

Sunday March 21 -The Motorway Classic 13 km and 6 km

Sunday April 18 Matiu Island Race - 8.5 km & 6.5 km (surf ski & waka ama & sea kayak only)

Each Event link will specify what type of craft the Event is able to cater for

Please carry out some regular paddling activity to ensure you're fit and fully capable of completeing the distances. 

*** Please also practice your remounting / capsize / self rescue drills ***

Minimum craft length 4.6 metres. 

*** PFD's to worn by all paddlers  *** No PFD no entry

All Event links will be added above over the next few weeks.

For more detail -  - phone 04 976 1795 or 022 6455 820 

Here are a couple from our Event Partners.

January 17 Rangitikei River Race

March 28 Porirua Grand Traverse multisport event

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Foxton Loop Race - 2020

The Event this year is timed for Saturday August 22. Every year the date is set within 1 month from the date of the event just held.

Last year we had 48 paddlers on the water for the revived event, however our goal has always been to achieve around 80 - 100 paddlers on the water at this event every year, a number which is very achievable.

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Above is the circuit around the loop. Unless we get a descent flood this year to clear the vegetation and flush some sedement, it is likely we'll be running last years configurations. Below is a picture of the mentioned blockage at the "S" bend at the very southern (narrow end) end of the loop before it joins back onto the Manawatu River. This blockage covers an area of approx 200 metres in length and 3 - 5 metres in width. This photo has been taken from the farmers bridge looking east towards the Tararua range.

There is one change of last year in that we are moving the start finish point down to the boat ramp close to the intersection of Union and Harbour Streets. There are two very good reasons for this 1. Better launching for all craft 2. Increase the opportunity for better photos of all paddlers

So again the long course is here and will be 12.5 km

 For the short courses a buoy will be placed 1.5km from the start /finish. There will again be a 3 km course = 1 lap and a 6 km course = 2 laps. The rational for this option is again that paddlers and spectators can see and yell out support for each other on each lap.

Event time frames

Registration from 11.00 am
Event briefing at 12.15 am
Start times
12.30 am Recreational craft 12 km
12.40 am All W6's and surf canoes 12 km
12.42 am W1 and W2 12 km
12.44 am All Kayaks surf skis 12 km
12.50 am short courses 3 km & 6 km

Spot prizegiving - 2.15 pm - 2.30 pm (10 minutes after the last paddler finishes)

All the event entry detail contained here

Ruamahanga Kayak Race

Six days before the Foxton Loop Race the Wairarapa Multisports Club are holding the Annual Ruamahanga Kayak Race.

This years event is on Sunday August 16.....Note this date may be changed to September 6 due a clash with the Mukamuka Munter.

For both Welly Paddlers and Wairarapa Multsiports this is a strategic allignment. The rational is what I tend to do myself when travelling to the South Island with paddling events, I check in to see if events in some regions are a week apart to take in a couple of events and also to tour around, enjoy a break or work remotely.
The opportunity now exists for anyone travelling from either Auckland or the South Island to make these events on an extended road trip.

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Again thanks to Derek Cox from the Wairarapa Multisports Club for sharing this vision.
The event is on grade 1+ water and has a long course 28 km from Kokotau Bridge and a short course 12 km from Morrisons Bush, with both courses finishing at the Martinborough Bridge.

NOTE : If there are any extentions to the dates above, we will update this info and place a post on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page noting any changes.

The current list of  "various events" is on the event calendar on the left hand side of this page.