Aoraki Dragon Boat
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The "Aoraki Open" - 2013
The "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):
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.
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).
In 2012, Chch Girls High School again edged out Marian College, with Avonside Girls close on their tails.
Other regatta this season:
Click here to see all Aoraki regatta (incl past seasons).
Paddlers knew this event as the "Early Bird" Regatta, but these past couple of years we have at least two extra regatta before now, so it is clearly no longer that 'early' in the season. So the event is relaunched as the "Aoraki Open Dragon Boat Regatta".
Teams affiliated to Aoraki and who pay season fees have automatic entry. That is, their entry fees are included in the season's fees.
Entry Fee to the "Open" for non-Aoraki teams (i.e. those that don’t pay Aoraki a season fee) are $300 incl GST, plus a fee to cover provision of a tent and/or other amenities they request. Otherwise they can BYO.
Similarly, South Island Champs (Lake Hood, early March) cost $300 incl GST (plus a fee to cover tent etc)
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