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Aoraki Open 2017

Date: Sunday 5-March-2017.

Location:

It WAS going to be Lake Pegasus. But on 14-Feb-17, Waimakariri Dist Council reported an Algal bloom warning for Lake Pegasus (and see Ecan website) so the new venue is LAKE RUA.

Racing format

First race was due at 10.00 am but racing actually ran well ahead of schedule all day, finishing at about 3:30 pm. Prizegiving at the lake once the boats are locked up or loaded onto the trailer.

First is 250 metre Sprint racing, with two qualifying heats plus a (divisional) Final.

First race is the first of five Heats in the 250m sprints. Round 2 of Heats starts approx 10:55 and then we have the 250m Divisional Finals.

250m Race results:

See full results.

Open A Final  
1 Tu Meke 1 05.27
2 Beca Crewsaders 1 05.87
3 Waimak Attack 1 06.22
  Women's  
1 Otautahi 1 10.30
2 Waimak Thunder 1 14.52
3 Abreast of Life 1 14.71
  Schools - Girls  
1 Avonside Girls 1 08.11
2 Marian 1 09.00
3 Girls High 1 09.96
4 Rangiora 1 14.44

Then One Heat of 500m and then a Final.

500m Race results:

See full results.

Open A Final  
1 Ridge Riders 2 11.70
2 Tu Meke 2 12.98
3 Waimak Attack 2 14.93
  Women's  
1 Otautahi
2 22.30
2 Waimak Thunder 2 32.22
3 Abreast of Life 2 33.34
  Schools - Girls  
1 Marian 2 18.98
2 Girls High 2 20.51
3 Avonside Girls 2 20.98

It was interesting to see that Beca Crewsaders posted the fastest two sprint times of the day (in the Heats) and also posted the fastest 500m final time (they were in the B Final).

Aoraki Open 2016

Lake PegasusDate: Sunday 21-Feb-2016.

Location:

Lake Pegasus.

Racing format

First race starts at 10.00 am to about 3:30 pm. Prizegiving at the lake once the boats have been locked up or loaded onto the trailer.

We start with 250 metre Sprint racing, with two qualifying heats plus a (divisional) Final.

First race is the first of six Heats in the 250m sprints. Round 2 of Heats starts at 10:47 and then we have the 250m Divisional Finals as follows:

Race 18. Girls B Final (at about 11:42 am)
Race 19. Girls A Final
Race 20. Mixed Schools Final
Race 21. Women's Final
Race 22. Corporate Final
Race 23. Open A Final (12:22 pm)

The 500m Races involve one length of Lake Pegasus. Boats in a 500m race line up (with the Drummer holding the overhead rope) at the northern beach of Lake Pegasus. TWO Heats of 500m and then a Final.

500m Races:

Last season (2015) we raced at Lake Rua so the 500m was a Turns Race. But in 2016:

Open A Final  
1 Tu Meke 2:11.80
2 Waimak Attack 2:15.75
3 Sampan Warriors 2:21.03
  Corporate  
1 Aurecon 2:17.71
2 Beca Crewsaders 2:18.75
3 Paddlateers 2:32.51
  Women's  
1 Waimak Thunder 2:30.64
2 ABOL 2:37.69
3 Amazons 2:43.93
  Schools - Girls  
1 Avonside Girls 2:23.27
2 Marian 2:23.35
3 Girls High 2:35.70
  Schools - Mixed  
1 Hillmorton 2:22.20

In 2015, Hillmorton (2:26.48) beat Greymouth (2:34.68). Sadly, Greymouth couldn't make it and Catholic Cathedral College had a clash of events, so withdrew.

Aoraki Open 2015

Date: Sunday 22-Feb-2015.

Results:

Congrats to winners of their divisional races: Marian, Hillmorton in the 250m Schools Finals. Waimak Thunder, Aurecon and Tu Meke in the Adult 250m.

Almost the same results in the 500m Turns Race (winners were Marian, Hillmorton, Waimak Thunder and Aurecon) except Ridge Riders beat Tu Meke in the 500m Final.

Location:

Lake Rua (part of Roto Kohatu). Location CHANGED due to reports that surface-level water testing has shown elevated levels of blue-green algae.

From ecan.govt.nz: "Lake Pegasus – warning in place. Last updated 12 February 2015. Recent observations have shown that there is a bloom of toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) present. The Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, has issued a health warning and advises people and animals to avoid contact with water at this lake until further notice. Environment Canterbury will continue to monitor the lake and the public will be advised when the algal bloom has cleared." See also ecan water Quality Map.

Contingency sites are being considered including Lake Rua, Kaiapoi River or Avon River. We will update (and email) as soon as we have determined a feasible plan.

Racing format

First race at 10.00 am, and racing done by about 3:30 pm. Prizegiving at the lake once the boats have been locked up or loaded onto the trailer.

Starts with 250 metre Sprint racing, with two qualifying heats plus a (divisional) Final. Round 2 of Heats starts at 10:47 and then we have the 250m Divisional Finals as follows:

Race 18. Girls B Final (at about 11:42 am)
Race 19. Girls A Final
Race 20. Mixed Schools Final
Race 21. Women's Final
Race 22. Corporate Final
Race 23. Open A Final (12:22 pm)

Then at 12:51 we will have a Minute's Silence to remember the earthquake.

Around about that time we will have a demo of a new race format we want to try – the "Aoraki 848". See below for details - we will have two Boats.

Then at 1:30 we start the 500m Races, which involve one length of the lake and a sharp left hand turn at the end (250m Start line) then back to the Start/Finish line.

All four boats in a 500m race will line up (with the Drummer holding the obverhead rope) and will start at 15 or 30 second intervals. That is, slowest boat starts (t=0). Then 15 (or 30) seconds later boat 2 starts. Then 15 (or 30) seconds later, boat 3 starts. Another 15 (or 30) seconds later, the last boat starts. By then the first boat will be approaching the first (and last) turn.

There will be one Heat of 500m and then a Final, with last race at around 3:30.

Something new to try

There is a chance that we will have a demonstration of a special addition to the mix of Racing that we now enjoy in the South Island:

The "Aoraki 848" will be introduced in 2015, and if time permits, we may add it to the Aoraki Open, although probably only as a 'demo'. It is challenging race for Crews and particularly for the Sweep to show their skills. This is a 'Match Race' format where two teams race in side by side (but separated) slalom courses, with a reversing manoeuvre in the middle of the race. While we try to avoid carnage, nothing is guaranteed ...

So "8 4 8" means a Figure Eighth (kind of) with a three-point-turn in the middle, and finish with another Figure Eight.

Aoraki Open 2014

Lake PegasusThe "Aoraki Open Dragon Boat Regatta" was on Sunday 23-Feb-2014, at the fantastic Lake Pegasus. The setup on Saturday was under scorching blue skies, but Sunday opened to light drizzle and grey skies in Canterbury.

For about the first two races, the drizzle eased, and then (thanks to the prayers of Villa and Catholic Cathedral College) the clouds parted and all racing was under cloudless skies, but with a building easterly.

First race was 10:00 am into a light southerly, with one Heat of 250 metres. Boats are fitted with the traditional seats and drums, so with the aid of an overhead rope, the Drummer holds on the start line. This year ALL teams progress to Divisional 250m Sprint Finals with Certificates awarded to the winners (plus 2nd and 3rd) of each Division. Summary of winners:

  • Fastest Open: Ridge Riders
  • Fastest Corporate: Aurecon
  • Fastest Women: ABOL Amazons
  • Fastest Mixed School: Hillmorton
  • Fastest Girls School: Avonside

250m Sprints:

Fastest times - 250 metre          
Team place time Diff
1 Ridge Riders 1 1 1.71 61.7
2 Tu Meke 2 1 2.84 62.8 1.13
3 Waimak Attack 3 1 3.19 63.2 0.35
4 Aurecon 1 1 4.84 64.8 1.65
5 Beca Crewsaders 2 1 4.85 64.9 0.01
6 CIAL 3 1 5.36 65.4 0.51
7 Paddlateers 4 1 6.01 66 0.65
8 P1 Paddlers 5 1 7.34 67.3 1.33
9 Sampan Warriors 4 1 7.44 67.4 0.1
10 Avonside Girls 1 1 7.9 67.9 0.46
11 Hillmorton 1 1 8.12 68.1 0.22

In 2013, Tu Meke edged out Sampan! by just 0.05 sec, with Beca close behind, followed by CIAL.

Round 3 starts (after a short Lunch Break while we reposition the Start Line) at about 12:30 with the first of the 500m Heats.

For the 500's, the four boats paddle to the start line at the beach on the north end of the lake (with a start rope for Drummers to use for alignment), and then race back toward the swing bridge. Full race commentary is broadcast around the great viewing sites on the bank.

The second 500m heat is at about 1:30 pm. Then all teams have a 500m Finals. These start with Girls B Final at about 3 pm, through to the Open Final at about 4 pm. Prize Giving on the Lakeside is about 4:30 pm or so.

Results are:

500m Races:

Open A Final  
1 Ridge Riders 128.36
2 Tu Meke 128.57
3 Waimak Attack 133.59
4 Sampan Warriors 143.02

Last year Ridge Riders won, with Tu Meke second, followed by Sampan and Waimak Attack.

Corporate  
1 Beca Crewsaders 136.96
2 Aurecon 137.02
3 CIAL 138.36
4 Paddlateers 143.58
5 P1 Paddlers 144.08

In the 2013 Corporate final, Beca Carter continued to dominate followed by Aurecon, CIAL and Paddlateers.

Women's  
1 ABOL Amazons 160.96
2 Simply The Breast 170.39
3 Waimak Thunder 199.31

In the 2013 Womens Final, Waimak Thunder won, with ABOL Amazons edging out Simply the Breast from Blenheim.

Schools - Girls  
1 Avonside Girls 140.93
2 Girls High 142.96
3 Marian 144.68
4 Villa Maria 164.82
5 SMC 165.69
6 Rangiora 169.18

In 2013, Avonside Girls edged out Chch Girls High School followed by Marian College.

Schools - Mixed  
1 Hillmorton 146.29
2 Greymouth 150.36
3 Catholic Cathedral College 157.36

Aoraki Open 2013

Lake PegasusThe "Aoraki Open Dragon Boat Regatta" was on Sunday 24-Feb-13, at the fantastic Lake Pegasus.

Teams set up tents on the western end of the Swing Bridge, and load into the boats on Kings Beach.

First race around 10:00 am, with one Heat of 200 metres. Teams use seats and drums but the first races are a 'rolling start'. That is, boats are edged up to the start line in the middle of the lake, but the Drummer doesn't have an overhead start rope to hold. This early in the morning, the easterly hasn't started so teams handle that very well. The fastest eight teams progress to two finals, resulting in (click here to download full results):

200m Sprints:

In 2012, Shirley Boys edged out Tu Meke by 0.05 sec, with Beca close behind, followed by CIAL.

Round 3 starts (after a short Lunch Break while we reposition the Start Line) at about 12:30 with the first of the 500m Heats (However if we start late we may chose to push on through).

For the 500's, the three or four boats paddle to the start line at the beach on the north end of the lake (with a start rope for Drummers to use for alignment), and then race back toward the swing bridge. Full race commentary is broadcast around the great viewing sites on the bank.

The second 500m heat is at about 1:30 pm, then the third 500m heat at 2:30 pm. Then all teams have a 500m Finals. These start with Girls B Final at about 3:35, through to the Open A Final at about 4:25 pm. Prize Giving on the Lakeside is about 5pm or so.

Results are:

500m Races:

Last year Tu Meke were clear winners over a greatly improved Waimak Attack, followed by Sampan and Waimak Thunder.

In the 2012 Corporate final, Beca Carter continued to dominate (as they did at last two year's Early Bird).

Women's  
1 Abreast of Life/Simply the Breast/Waimak Thunder  
2    
3    

In 2012, Chch Girls High School again edged out Marian College, with Avonside Girls close on their tails.

Schools - Mixed  
1 Hillmorton/ Sharian  
2    

Aoraki Open 2012

Lake PegasusPaddlers enjoyed a great day out for the "Aoraki Open Dragon Boat Regatta" on Sunday 26-Feb-12, at the fantastic Lake Pegasus. Weather was a little overcast, and a light easterly kep the temperature down to about 18 degrees. Teams set up tents on the western end of the Swing Bridge, and load into the boats on Kings Beach.

First race was at 9:30 am, with one Heat of 250 metres. This was the teams' first use of seats and drums (on a race day, this season) so the first races were a 'rolling start'. That is, boats are edged up to the start line in the middle of the lake, but the Drummer don't have an overhead start rope to hold. This early in the morning, the easterly hasn't started so teams handle that very well. The fastest eight teams progress to two finals, resulting in:

250m Sprints:

250 metre final  
1 Shirley Boys 1:02.61
2 Tu Meke 1:02.66
3 Beca Crewsaders 1:02.97
4 CIAL 1:06.91

Sprint Finals were immediately followed by the very popular

Tug Of War

Teams nominate a 4-person crew. They have 30 seconds to pull the other team across the line. Waimak Attack are defending Champs from 2011, and the Challenger Series saw Airways Paddlateers hold off a strong challenge from Give It A Go. Airways Paddlateers - Champs of Land and Water

But in the Grand Final, Paddlateers managed to repeat their domination of the (water-based) Tug Of War (in December's Ice Breaker) to emerge as Land Champs.

After lunch Rounds 3, 4 and 5 are 500m Heats, then all teams have a 500m Finals. These start with Girls B Final through to the Open A Final at 4pm.

The four boats paddle to the start line at the beach on the north end of the lake (with a start rope for Drummers to use for alignment), and then race back toward the swing bridge. Full race commentary is broadcast around the great viewing sites on the bank. Results are:

500m Races:

Open A Final  
1 Tu Meke 2:13.03
2 Waimak Attack 2:21.57
3 Sampan Warriors 2:24.02
4 Waimak Thunder 2:48.28

Last year in the "B Final", Waimak Attack edged out Sampan Warriors ahead of Give It A Go. Note, up till last year, this event was still known as the "Early Bird".

Before that, (2010) Tu Meke dominated, edging out their U23 youngsters, with another young crew, Ridge Riders Under 23s showing what they can do!

Corporate  
1 Beca Crewsaders 2:19.60
2 CIAL Flying Dragons 2:21.86
3 Airways Paddlateers 2:28.58

In the 2011 Corporate final, Beca Carter continued to dominate (as they did at last two year's Early Bird), but Airways' Paddlateers managed to edge into second spot.

Breast Cancer Survivors  
1 Abreast of Life 2:47.29
2 Simply the Breast 2:57.23
Schools - Girls  
1 Chch Girls High School 2:25.58
2 Marian College 2:29.52
3 Avonside Girls 2:33.16

In 2011, Girls High just edged out Marian, a virtual repeat of 2010, where there was again a titanic struggle with Christchurch Girls High School (who had been the dominant players) found Marian College were very close on their tails.

Schools - Mixed  
1 Hillmorton 2:37.70
2 Sharian (did not race in the final)  
Schools - Boys  
1 Shirley Boys 2:16.86

Aoraki Open 2011

The "Open" was not started till 2012. See Early Bird.

Aoraki Open 2010

The "Open" was not started till 2012. See Early Bird.

Aoraki Open 2009

The "Open" was not started till 2012. See Early Bird.

Aoraki Open 2008

The "Open" was not started till 2012. See Early Bird.


How much does it cost?

Aoraki's charges entry fees to Regattas on a cost recovery basis (we are a not-for-profit organisation). Season fees cover the Aoraki Open (aka Early Bird) and our big Regatta for the year "South Island Champs" at Lake Hood.

See also Ice Breaker - Super 12 - Aoraki Open - South Islands - Nationals

Affiliated to NZDBA updated: 05-Mar-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton