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Association (Inc)
Christchurch, NZ

Click the tabs to see Aoraki regatta in the 2017-18 season (plus NZDBA Nationals). That is:
20-Aug/24 Sep ... 10-Dec-17 ... 11-FEB-18 ... 28-JAN ... 10-March ... and 23, 24th-March-18.

Pre-Season - Winter/Spring of 2017

Before the official training even starts, Aoraki provides a chance for teams to get an early taster.

There are two 'winter' events in 2017.

Polar Blast on Sunday 20-August-17. See Facebook Event.

Cobweb Blaster on Sunday 24-September-17

This regatta was again at Lake Rua and featured some awesome weather - warm, sunny and calm. Thirteen Club teams raced, plus the Aoraki-based NZ Rep Team who were in their build up to racing at IDBF World Nations Championsip in Kunming, China in just three weeks (October 2017).

See all Off Season history.

Ice Breaker 2017

Most teams start training after Labour weekend (that is, late October) although some teams get onto the water earlier. The first formal race day for the season in the South Island is the "Ice Breaker" (following on from the off-season race days at the end of August and the end of September).

Last year the format included the 250 metre Sprint and the 700 metre Turns Race. There was als a (land based) Tug of War, Women's Grade and Mens Grade.


Lake Pegasus just past Woodend in North Canterbury.


Sunday 10-Dec-2017 (the day after the Kaiapoi Carnival?)


The General Schedule (to be confirmed):

  • 9:00 am Nominated teams assist with boat unloading, heads tails etc
  • 9:15 am Captain and Sweeps Briefing
  • 10:00 am - 250m Sprint Heats (see below)
  • Tug Of War (and lunch)
  • 250m Sprint Final
  • 500m Racing.
  • 3:00 Prize Giving at Race HQ by the finish line

See all Ice Breaker history.

Super 10 Festival 2018

Date: Sunday 11-FEBRUARY-2018 at Akaroa.

Note the "Super 10" is AFTER the Aoraki Open this season. That way we can ensure that Lake Pegasus will be open for the Aoraki Open.

2018 is to be the sixth year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa (although it weas cancelled due weather in 2017) - in 2010 and 2011 we ran it at Lake Pegasus.

Note that following the 2015 racing where we found that boats were running aground in the Le Mans Race, Aoraki reviewed the schedule. Thus the 250 metre will be run FIRST with two Heats (on the incoming tide) and then the Le Mans (while tidal flow is slower) then the 250m Finals (on the outgoing tide). Captain's Briefing is 30 minutes before the First Race.

Location: Akaroa

See all Super 12 Summer Sizzler history.

Aoraki Open 2018

Date: Sunday 28-JANUARY-2018


Lake Pegasus.

2011 South Island Champs

Coffee and food (muffins, scones, sandwiches, rolls, pies etc) available from "The Naked Baker" van (mobile EFTPOS available).

See all Aoraki Open history.

South Island Champs 2018

Aoraki's main Dragon Boat Regatta.

Date: Saturday 10-Mar-2018

Venue is Lake Hood.

This event is Sanctioned by he NZ secondary School Sports CouncilThere are thoughts of running the Nationals (when they are in the South Island) at other locations (maybe Ruataniwha, Wanaka or Queenstown) but to do that we need to first prove that we can do the set up, logistics, moving boats to the venue and so on. And that generally means that we trial it at South Island Champs. Therefore there is more work to be done to make that happen.

Other events:

No known conflicts??

Location: Lake Hood, Ashburton.

See all South Island Champs history.

NZDBA National Championships 2018

Nationals are in the South Island this season, and will again be a two day event. Specifically, it will be Friday/Saturday racing (not Saturday/Sunday). This allows adults to have a full Prize Giving and After Party on Saturday night, and for teams to take a relatively leisurely return trip to their home town.

It will be slightly earlier in the season this year, ensuring warmer wether and more daylight hours. So book your leave for the weekend of 24th March 2018, and the venue is Lake Hood!

The format is 500m Championships racing [Standard Boat in the morning then Small Boat in the afternoon] on the first day of racing, then 200m Sprint Championships [again, Standard Boat in the morning and then Small Boat] on the second day, and finishing with the 2,000m Turns Race. See Nationals.

Other events:

IDBF have confirmed Club Crew World Champs will be in Szeged, Hungary from 17th to 22nd July 2018. First up is 200 metre races (Seniors and BCS on Tuesday 17th, then Premiers and Juniors on 18th). Next is 500 metres (Snr/BCS on Thursday 19th, Prem/Jnr on 20th). Finally, on the River, are the 2,000 metre races. Saturday 21st for Seniors and BCS, then finishing on Sunday 22nd July with Prems and Juniors.

See NZDBA and all NZDBA Nationals history.

At the major South Island events (except Akaroa) Aoraki expects to have "The Naked Baker" van (Mobile EFTPOS is available) providing Coffee and food. This includes:

  • Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Long Black, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Chai Latte, Espresso etc priced from $2.80 (small espresso) to $6.80 (Xtra large)
  • muffins, scones, buns, slices
  • sandwiches, and savouries
  • ham or chicken rolls,
  • pies and sausage rolls
  • Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Lasagna
Affiliated to NZDBA updated: 20-Nov-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton