Wednesday, March 30, 2022

31st Annual Foxton Loop Race - Sunday August 14

This year the Event venue is again taking place on the Te Awahou Riverside reserve, Harbour Street, Foxton based around the boat ramp area. 

The FLR is best held on the highest Spring tide each year which has generally been the third weekend in August. 

The course basically heads around the Manawatu River loop around Matakarapa Island, which is obviously smack bang in the middle of the loop and accessed by a bridge, so it's sort of like a moat without the Castle !

 

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We do not take entries on the day so it will require all paddlers to be organised and to enter early.

*** The current information from MPI below..... in regards to not carrying any noxious bugs or weed between your local waterway and the Foxton waterway - Read detail in photo below ***

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Matakarapa course - 10 km

This course is a complete circumnavigation around Matakarapa Island only suitable for kayaks or surf skis due to the narrow winding section around the back of the loop (at the halfway point  approximately ) PLEASE NOTE : If you have a kayak or surf ski with a flip up rudder you may find you will catch less weed (if there are random loose patches around the narrow end of the waterway) This course starts in the opposite direction to the 12 km course.......this means that both courses come together at the halfway point.......as the 10 km exits the narrow end of the loop......the 12 km course turns around the small island ! 

This course is back onstream again this year due to 2 x significant flood events where the Moutoa Floodway gates have been opened. The huge volume of water has cleared the vegetation that grows rampantly blocking the very narrow section around the back of the river loop.

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                            Manawatu course - 12 km 

This is our go to "out and back" course when the narrow section of the loop is completely blocked with weed.
This course is wide and deep with all the space in the world for waka ama singles, doubles and sixes.
Kayakers can choose this course or the Matakarapa course as their long course option

Paddle 5 km out the wide section of the river loop, turn left out onto the main Manawatu River. Head up river 1km then turn from right to left around the first of the three small islands in the river.

Head directly back to the finish the same way.


12 km course - start at yellow buoy - finish at pink buoy

Close up Manawatu River section
Close up of 12 km course turn
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Te Awahou courses - choose either 6 km or 3 km

As pictured below you can either choose the 1 lap (3 km option) or the 2 lap (6 km option) 
This course is really sheltered and a great option for all comers, juniors, racers and SUP's or anyone who would just like to be part of the event on limited training. As with everyone paddling please read down to the bottom of this page to check what your responsibilities are as a paddler at this Event. 

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Navigation around each course

Every paddler needs to comply with the Navigation bylaws. https://www.horizons.govt.nz/flood-emergency-management/river-safety

This Event is approved by the Harbour Master at The Horizons Regional Council.

The nuts and bolts are :

Waterways work opposite to roads. Basically you travel on the left, on the road.....and on waterways we travel on the right.

To avoid a collision with any other paddle craft or motorboat we always veer off to the right to avoid a crash...... and sinking to Davie Jones locker (Think of Johnny Depp "Pirates of the Caribbean")


              
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Event Venue, start and finish (pictured above)

Venue - (Aqua cross hatch)  Start - the orange flag and yellow buoy denotes the start for all courses as well as being the turn buoy at the 3 km mark for the 6 km short course.
Finish - If you are doing the 3 km short course, keep going straight past the yellow buoy on the homeward leg directly to the finish (pink buoy & orange flag)

The red flag denotes the Welly Paddlers flag at the finish and the red spot denotes the pink buoy at the finish

The short course course turns are both yellow buoys with orange flags and you will note the direction of the turns is from right to left the buoys always being on your left hand side when turning

NOTE : The blue lines indicates the area of the river loop that was widened in late 2020 

Below are the buoys as described above


Entries only accepted by email with payment by online banking :

Every entry received, will be responded with an email back confirming your entry.

- wellypaddlers@gmail.com

- Welly Paddlers Kiwibank - 389016 0568806 02

- Any questions about entries email us or phone Chester 022 6455 820

NOTE : ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY AUGUST 12  AT 7 PM - that includes the entry fee being paid by 7 pm as well :-)

Please use your "Surname" or "Team name" in one of the "online banking reference boxes" when making your payment.


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When entering by email please give us the following detail.

1.Your name or Team name 

2. Your cellphone number

3. Type of craft..... K1, W1, VI (rudderless) W6, W 12, K2, W2, multisport kayak, adventure racing double, surf ski, sea kayak, double surf ski, double kayak, sea kayak, surf canoe, SUP or prone paddle board etc.etc

4. Are you entering the 3km / 6km / 10 km / 10 km recreational / 12 km

5. Female / Male / Mixed

6. Classifications : Please supply us with your date of birth......or average age if you're in a Team boat. 

7. Town / City

Entry Fess :

Long courses :

$30 singles

$40 doubles

$50 surf canoes

$30 W3

$60 W6's

$120 W12

Long course : under 19 and over 60 ( and in a single craft ) take 50% off the above

Short courses :

All single craft $15


Here are our Event run times :

Registration from 10.30 am - 11.45 am

Event Briefing will be a written viewable briefing here - https://www.facebook.com/WellyPaddlers this will be posted by 3 pm the day before the event.

12.00 pm 12 km - W 12, W6 and surf canoe start (Manawatu course)

12.02 pm 12 km - W1 and W2 - Female ( Manawatu course )

12.04 pm 12 km - W1 and W2 - Male ( Manawatu course )

12.06 pm 12 km - All single kayaks, surf skis and doubles ( Manawatu course )

12.08 pm 3 km / 6 km start - (All craft types start together) ( Te Awahou course ) 

12.11 pm 10 km recreational ( Matakarapa Course )

12.14 pm 10 km single and double kayaks Female  ( Matakarapa Course )

12.16 pm 10 km single and double kayaks Male  ( Matakarapa Course )

1.45 pm - 2.05 pm Event Spot prize giving.

The Event is open to all paddle craft (sorry no rowing craft)

If the numbers are extraordinary high for any of the above start groups we may well add in an extra start time

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All paddlers must wear a PFD, all kayaks must use spray skirts, all waka ama must carry a bailer/s (unless on a sit on top waka)

Every paddler needs to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and make good decisions in what they do on the water, and what clothing they choose to they wear on the day. 

Every paddler and crew, if they capsize, must be able to self rescue themselves by remounting their craft or by swimming to the shore quickly, emptying out and continuing through to the finish. 

It must be emphasized that it's all about being prepared and to practice, practice, practice to keep your skill sets up. Please do not expect to come along and to "wing it on the day" this approach is likely to leave you ill prepared and places unnecessary risk on yourself.

Every Paddler or in the case of a double - four - six or 12 person craft (the Team Captain) must check into registration immediately when you arrive on site  

Below - our Event numbers and they are to be placed on the left side front area of your craft within 1 metre from the bow.

*** We recycle***

If you have an existing Welly Paddlers event number from the previous "Foxton Loop Race" or "The Motorway Classic" please let us know this Event number when you enter and we will check this off against our master list of numbers. 

If you sell your craft the number peels off easily and is able to placed on your new craft.

There will be 3 x Event updates on the https://www.facebook.com/WellyPaddlers Facebook page on the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday within the 6 days leading up to the Event......these posts will show weather and tide details and any course changes, which may be dictated by the weather forecasting or hazards. 

We will post the briefing notes by 3 pm the day before the Event.

 2 x Manawatu Coastguard jet skis will monitor the long course while Chester will monitor the short course on a surf ski. and follow the final groups of paddlers to the finish, taking over from the Coastguard. 

We use Marine Channel VHF 60 for the Event.

Our Emergency contact number on the day is 027 4581 005.

                   Boat ramp Event Venue location






       Looking to the right of the boat ramp




Please note the photos below.
 
Below is the brand new wider start area that has been redeveloped on the Te Awahou Riverside Reserve.
At this point we will place 1 x yellow buoy for the starts.....which will also serve as the turn for lap two of the (6 km) short course
NOTE : The finish for all courses is back at the boat ramp.


The start is directly opposite Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom pictured below
 

The start is directly opposite Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom pictured above
 

The nearest Public Toilets to the event are pictured below. This is a 400 metre walk from the Registration Area. There are also toilets at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, where there is also a Cafe


The red hatched area below is a no parking area.....we need this as a safe clear pathway for craft to enter and exit the boat ramp. It is also a public boat ramp and needs to remain clear at all times.
The Blue Square is the Registration Area
The White circle with the cross is where the briefing and spot prizegiving will take place

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

The 31st Annual "Motorway Classic"


THE MOTORWAY CLASSIC FOR 2022 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Here is the 2023 date -

***  https://www.facebook.com/events/219478906648712 ***


Sunday March 26 - 2023

Event location : Honiana Te Puni Reserve, Petone ( By the Wellington Waterski Club )

Entry : by email to - wellypaddlers@gmail.com

Online payment only : by online banking - Welly Paddlers 38 9016 0568806 02

*** Please use your Surname / Team Name "in the reference box" in the online banking portal ***


8.30 am registration opens 
9.40 am registration closes
9.45 am Event briefing
10.00 am Start

10.00 am 13 km all recreational start
10.10 am 13 km W6 and W12 start
10.12 am 13 km W1 and W2 start
10.14 am 13 km single and double kayaks / surf skis start
12.16 am 3.5 km and 7 km (all craft start together)

Event spot prize giving - 12.15 pm - 12.45 pm

The event is only open to paddle craft (no rowing craft sorry)

Entry fees :

long course - 13 km

$30 singles ( $15 under 18 & Over 60 ) 

$50 doubles

$60 surf canoes

$90 W 6

$180 W 12

short courses - 3.5 km & 7 km

$15 singles

$25 doubles


The full Event detail will be added to the top of this page by September 30, 2022.

Updates will also be posted on the "Welly Paddlers" Facebook page.......not the "Welly Paddlers Group"on Facebook......this is a separate page for other paddling related activities


Monday, May 17, 2021

The 29th Annual Foxton Loop Race

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THE 29TH ANNUAL FOXTON LOOP RACE HAS BEEN PUT ON ICE FOR 12 MONTHS DUE TO COVID 19.

The new date for 2022 is Sunday August 14.

This date provides us with a super high tide Spring at midday and of course a 12 noon start.

The rational for the change can be viewed on both the WELLY PADDLERS and the WELLY PADDLERS GROUP Facebook pages. Refer to the posts made on 18/8/21 at 8.30 am

The Foxton Loop Race is now in it's 29th year. 

Apart from a 2 year break when the Event was not held at all, the consistency of the Event being held on the highest Spring tide possible remains the same, with the Event being consistently organised on the third weekend of August over the last 3 years.

The very first Organisers of the Foxton Loop Race were the late Mike Rowley (Ruahine Kayaks) and Max Grant (Q-Kayaks) ably assisted by fellow Ruahine White Water Club members , who all dedicated themselves to the Event for it's first 26 years.

Since Welly Paddlers took up Organising the Event three years ago, we have managed to attract 47 paddlers along the first year in 2019 and 69 paddlers along in 2020. The 2020 Event was quite a tricky one, where the Event was held under NZ Government Covid Level 2 restrictions and we had to be mindful of not over advertising due to the fact that we needed to keep our numbers under 100 people.

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This year the flood gates may well open as far as entries go, however we are mindful that we could just as easily fall under Covid Alert Level restrictions again.

There is a good reason that we personally manage the entries. We can have so much more personal contact with everyone and at the same time manage the numbers if we are required too.

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                    Long course above : Head around the first island you come to and turn left between the first island and the second island  ( it is 1 km from the loop entrance to the first island)  


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Short course above : 1 lap or 2 laps

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 Above is the Event venue marked as (Aqua cross hatch) the yellow flag and yellow buoy denotes the start for all courses and the turn buoy at the 3 km mark for the 6 km short course.
If you are doing the 3 km short course, keep going straight past this buoy on the homeward leg directly to the finish

The red flag denotes the Welly Paddlers flag at the finish and the red spot denotes the pink buoy at the finish

The yellow course turns are both yellow buoys and you will note the direction of the turns is from right to left the buoys always being on your left hand side when turning

NOTE : The blue lines indicates the area of the river loop that was widened in late 2020



Here's Sharlene (above)......spelt with an "S"......and ending in "ene" Sharlene provides the gel that keeps these Events running on the day.
When you see Sharlene (in the high viz top)......along with the Welly Paddlers Flag....and the pink buoy.....you know you are at the finish !

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The 29th annual Foxton Loop Race - Sunday August 22

Te Awahou River Loop Reserve, Harbour Street, Foxton

Entries only accepted by email with payment by online banking to the following :

- wellypaddlers@gmail.com

- Welly Paddlers Kiwibank - 389016 0568806 02

- Any questions about entries email us or phone Chester 022 6455 820

NOTE : ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY AUGUST 20 AT 7 PM - that includes the entry being paid by 7 pm as well :-)

Please use your "Surname" or "Team name" in one of the "reference boxes" when making your online banking payment.

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When entering by email please give us the following detail.

1.Your name or Team name 

2. Your cellphone number

3. Type of craft..... K1, W1, VI (rudderless) W6, K2, W2, multisport kayak, adventure racing double, surf ski, sea kayak, double surf ski, double kayak, sea kayak, surf canoe, SUP or prone paddle board etc.etc

4. Are you entering the 3km / 6km / 12 km / 12 km recreational

5. Female / Male / Mixed

6. Classifications : Under 14 - Under 16 - Under 19 - Senior - Masters - Senior Masters - Grand Master 

check your classification here : https://www.wakaama.co.nz/agedivisionchecker

7. Town / City

Entry Fess :

Long courses :

$30 singles

$40 doubles

$50 surf canoes

$60 W6's

$120 W12

Long course : under 19 and over 60 and on a single take 50% off the above

Short courses :

$15 singles

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Description of courses

12 km long course - From the start head north out the wide section of the loop, turn left at the Manawatu River convergence, paddle approx 1 km then turn anti clockwise (from right to left) around the first island then follow the same route back to the finish.

6km short course - 2 x laps from the start head North out and back on the wide section of the loop

3 km short course - 1 x lap from the start head North out and back on the wide section of the loop

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Here are our Event run times :

Registration from 8.30 am - 9.40 am

Event briefing 9.45 am

10.05 am 12 km recreational start

10.15 am 12 km W 12, W6 and surf canoe start

10.17 am 12 km W1 and W2

10.19 am 12 km single and double kayakers

10.22 am 3 km and 6 km start (All craft start together) 

The Event is open to all paddle craft (sorry no rowing craft)

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All paddlers must wear a PFD, all kayaks must use spray skirts, all ocean racing skis must wear a leg leash, all waka ama must carry a bailer/s (unless on a sit on top waka)

Every paddler needs to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and make good decisions in what they do on the water, and what clothing they choose to they wear on the day. Every paddler and crew, if they capsize, must be able to self rescue themselves by remounting their craft or by swimming to the shore quickly emptying out and continuing through to the finish. It must be emphasized that it's all about being prepared and to practice, practice, practice to keep your skillsets up. Please do not expect to come along and to "wing it on the day" this approach is likely to leave you ill prepared and places unnecessary risk on yourself.

Welly Paddlers - Covid scanning posters are at registration. Please Scan in with your phone in front of the registration team.

Every Paddler must check into registration when they arrive.  

PLEASE NOTE : The Event will run under Covid 19 Level 2 alert. If that is the case at the time the first 100 entries will be capped. so be mindful that it will be a case of first in best dressed.

If this is the case we will likely reach the limit 100 person limit 1 week prior to entry close off.

These are our events numbers and this is the left side front area that you place them

*** We recycle***

If you have an existing Welly Paddlers event number from the previous "Foxton Loop Race" or "The Motorway Classic" please let us know this Event number when you enter and we will check this off against our master list of numbers. 

If you sell your craft the number peels off easily and is able to placed on your new craft.

There will be 3 x Event updates on the Welly Paddlers Facebook page on the Monday Wednesday, Friday and then Saturday at 10 am in the days leading up to the Event.....these posts will show weather and tide details and any course changes.

 2 x Manawatu Coastguard jet skis will monitor the long course while 2 x Ruahine White Water Club sea kayakers will monitor the short course. We use Marine Channel VHF 60 for the Event.

Our Emergency contact number on the day is 027 4581 005

                     Click on any of the photos below to enlarge

Boat ramp Event Venue location
Looking to the left of the boat ramp
Looking to the right of the boat ramp

Please note the photos below...... 
Below is the brand new wider start area that has been redeveloped on the Te Awahou River Loop Reserve.
At this point we will place 1 x yellow buoy for the start.....which will also serve as the turn for lap two of the (6 km) short course
NOTE : The finish for all courses is back at the boat ramp.

The start is directly opposite Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom pictured above 

The start in front of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Looking at all the photos taken on Saturday August 7.....yes the redevelopment is still quite fresh and the ground is soft......mud through, under and over shoes could be an issue....soooo......gum boots (Wellies) are highly recommended.
The nearest Toilets to the event are pictured below. This is a 400 metre walk from the Registration Area

The red hatched area below is a no parking area.....we need this as a safe clear pathway for craft to enter and exit the boat ramp. It is also a public boat ramp and needs to remain clear at all times.
The Blue Square is the Registration Area
The White circle with the cross is where the briefing and spot prizegiving will take place