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 - https://www.facebook.com/events/248597176519155

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 - wellypaddlers@gmail.com

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 www.poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz to find out more. ***

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**********  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 wellypaddlers@gmail.com
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...................................
cellphone.....................................
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 - www.wellypaddlers.blogspot.co.nz 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.
PLEASE USE THE WELLY PADDLERS FACEBOOK PAGE TO FOLLOW THE UPDATES.
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 


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