The first competitive regatta of the 2017/18 season.
The next event (and this a is a bit of a change for this season) is the AORAKI OPEN (and not the Akaroa 10s).
Typical schedule is: Captain and Sweeps Briefing is at 9:15, with the First race at 10:00 (250m Sprint Heats). From 11:30 is The Tug Of War - Open and Womens (and lunch) and at 12:30 pm are the 250m Sprint Final. From 1:45 the 2-Turn Race (700m triangle) in 3 flights. Prize Giving about 2:30.
Well, our first competitive regatta of the 2016/17 season has now been and gone! After a rather damp, cold start, the day eventually turned out sunny, but the weather didn't affect the competition. The races were quick over the short course and provided a good taster for our new team members. We all got a chance to see how we match up against everyone else – and we all got to see what we need to focus on in our training sessions! Race results are attached. Well done to all the participants and to the event organisers for making it a fun day out on the water.
See you all back training hard on the water, preparing for the next event – the fun Akaroa 10s event on 22 January – details to follow shortly.
Captain and Sweeps Briefing is at 9:15, with the First race was at 10:00 (250m Sprint Heats). From 11:30 is The Tug Of War - Open and Womens (and lunch) and at 12:30 pm are the 250m Sprint Final. From 1:45 there 2-Turn Race (700m triangle) in 3 flights. Prize Giving about 2:30.
The first full race day for the season in the South Island was the "Ice Breaker". Click the tabs above to see previous seasons. See the Race Draw and see below for results.
The venue is Lake Rua (off Johns Rd, Russley) which is part of the Roto Kohatu lakes (the western half, Lake Tahi, is used for Jet Ski) and it is a good way to start the season, with 250 metre sprints.
The Schedule is:
9:00 am Nominated team (Hilmorton HS) assist with boat unloading, etc
9:15 am Captain and Sweeps Briefing
10:00 250m Sprint Heats (see below)
11:30 Tug Of War - Open and Womens (and lunch)
12:30 pm 250m Sprint Final
1:15 Two-Turn Race (700m triangle) in 2 flights.
2:00 Prize Giving once Boats are loaded on the trailer (Beca)
Race Results - 250m Round 1, fastest times:
Race Results - 250m Round 2, fastest times:
Race Results - 250m FINALS:
Abreast of Life
Race Results - 700m TURNS RACE
Abreast of Life
did not race
Race Results - Tug of War.
This was the first year that we have split the TOW into two grades. In the past, if a Womens team faced a Mens or Mixed team, the latter would invariably revert to a full Women's crew in a show of admirable sportsmanship. So this year we split it into two grades. However we did not allow ourselves time to design and buy a new trophy, but it is coming ... Just like Christmas ...
So, well done to Tania, Emma, Penny and Julie from Sampan Warriors for winning the Women's Grade of the Tug of war, beating Catholic Cathedral College in the Final.
And also to Waimak Attack who beat Beca Crewsaders in the Men's Final.
Full results of 250 metre race times are as follows:
Aoraki's first on-the-water event for the season was again on Lake Pegasus on Sunday 8-Dec-2013. Format:
250 metre Sprints Heats (each team has two Heats, No 500 metre races) then 250 metre Sprint Finals (all teams have a Final, with placing in each Final based on the fastest of two heats. Note, no Divisional finals)
Tug-of-War (land based) around lunch time.
Turns Races - 1,000 m with 3 turns.
Start (and Finish) at the Swing Bridge, two "Flights" of 8 boats per flight, with each boat leaving at 15 second intervals.
The following were NOT there: Rangi Ruru Girls' School, St Margarets Girls, Simply the Breast (Blenheim), GIAG, Marian. Aoraki organised a coffee cart on site plus Kebab King. Also, Hillmorton HS parents will be sold food.
Ice Breaker 2012
Aoraki's first on-the-water event for the season was again on Lake Pegasus on Sunday 2-Dec-2012. The format was 250 metre Sprints Heats (each team has two Heats) and Sprint Finals (all teams have a Final). Tug-of-War (land based) around lunch time, and then the Turns Races - 1,000 m with 3 turns. That is,
Start (and Finish) at the Swing Bridge, two "Flights" of 7 or 8 boats per flight, with each boat leaving at 15 second intervals.
All teams had 1 race, and just as we were had figured out the sequence for the Final (2:41 pm!) the Easterly whipped up, turning "Kings Beach" into a surf beach. But by this time, teams were very happy to call it a day. Hence 1,000 m honours were determined based on the 'Heats'.
Tu Meke - winner of 1,000 metre Turns Racing, and also the 250 metre Sprints.
Beca Crewsaders - runner up in the Sprint Final (although they were fastest qualifier) and fourth in Turns Racing.
Sharian (or is it Marley?), a combined team from Shirley Boys HS and Marian College - runner up in the 1,000 metre turns race, and third in the Sprints.
CIAL Flying Dragons - placed third in the 1,000 metre Turns Race and fourth in the Sprints.
Airways Paddlateers - winner of the inaugural Tug-Boat of War.
In 2010 the Ice Breaker started with 250 metre sprints, then a series of 500 metre races, finishing with a 2,000 metre turns race. But this year (2011) we will focus on the Sprints, drop the 500 metre races, and run more of the Turns Races. This means less delays while we 'reset' the Start Line. And it also mirrors the type of racing we will have at the Masters Games next February.
So race program had:
Round 1. Heat 1 of the 250 metre Sprints. Four races, 3 or 4 boats per race.
Round 2. Heat 2 of the 250 metre Sprints.
Round 3. TugBoat-of-War featuring the five boats that did not make 250 Finals
Round 4. Finals of the 250 metre Sprints. A and B Final, 4 boats per race.
Round 5. Heat 1 of the 1,000 metre Turns Race.
Round 6. Heat 2 of the 1,000 metre Turns Race.
Races of 250 metres start from a row of buoys near the 'Point' (middle of the main lake).
The four boats race southward to the finish line, near the swing bridge/“Yacht Club”. Each team has two heats, the sum of these finish times determines whether they are in a the A-Final or the B-Final.
Round 4 features the "B Final" (with the 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th fastest teams from Rounds 1 and 2). Then the "A Final" (fastest four from Rounds 1 and 2).
But just before those finals, were the Tug Boat races ["Wow, that's a good idea!"], where two boats are tied stern-to-stern with a 10 metre rope. They have 30 seconds to pull the other boat till their stern reaches the buoy in the middle of the beach. Teams that did not make the sprint final competed is simple elimination rounds.
Round 5 is four races with four boats each, in a 1,000 m race with three left hand turns. Start in lanes at the same time (ie not staggered). The "Start" uses the "Finish Line" at the south end by the swing bridge/"Yacht Club". All boats converge onto Lane 4 (furthest from the spectators) and race 250 metres (to the"Start Line" of the 250 metre races). All boats turn left around the buoy (that is between lanes 3 and 4) and swing around into Lane 1. Race another 250 metres back to the "Finish Line" in Lane 1, and turn around the middle three buoys again. That is, head back up the course in Lane 4 again. The third and final turn is again from Lane 4 into Lane 1 and sprin back the the Finish Line.
Each team (except Sampan) had a second round of 1,000 m turns races, and the Final placings were based on the best of those two heats.
So a 10:15 am actual start time had a final race around 3:15, just before a few drops of light rain fell (at the prize giving by Race HQ).
Finish Line timing
Ice Breaker 2010
Aoraki's annual "extra-early regatta" on Lake Pegasus Sunday 12-Dec-10 was a huge success for Canterbury paddlers. [Note, 2010 was the first time the Ice Breaker was at Pegasus].
Ice Breaker is the teams' first 'regatta' for the season, so is a bit of a dust off for long-time paddlers, and a bit of a taster for anyone new in the boat. In fact it was the first time in a boat for pupils of two of our newest schools, Mairehau High School and Hillmorton High School.
Captain's briefing at around 9:30, with First race scheduled to start around 10 am, with races spaced about 12 minutes apart. Heats have up to four boats per race, finals will all have four lanes (four boats).
Round 1 = four races of 250 metres from the point near the caravan to the finish line (near the swing bridge/“Yacht Club”).
Round 2 = 2 races. "B Final" (with the 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th fastest teams from Round 1). Then the "A Final" (fastest four from Round 1).
Approx 30 minute break for lunch and change of start line
Round 3 = 4 races (first 500 m heats)
Round 4 = 4 races (second 500 m heats)
Round 5 = 4 races (500 m finals. All teams race a final)
Round 6 = 2 races with 8 boats each, in a 2,000 m race with three left hand turns. Start and finish at the south end by the swing bridge/”Yacht Club”.
Last race and prize giving (on the Beach) at around 4 or 5 pm.
Note, although this is a relatively informal race day, at the 2011 NZDBA Nationals at Rotorua, the race distances were very similar: 500 m racing first up, then sprints (200 m) and finishing with a 2,000 m racetrack-type course on the Blue Lake.
On site were Kebab King, Coffee, ice cream, Hot Dogs, chips etc. and eight Portaloos by the walkway from the Esplanade to the Beach.
Not attending were Simply the Breast (Blenheim). Key people were: Race Control Jane Robins. Race Starter Vai Papali'i. Crew Loading Lorraine Flintoft. Finish Line timing Ben Anderton.
Ice Breaker 2009 (2009-10 season)
The second annual "extra-early regatta" was on Sunday 6-Dec-09 at Kerr's Reach. It is the teams first 'regatta' for the season, so is a bit of a dust off. Even though some teams had modest numbers in the boat, all made best use of the training opportunity. For example, Evacut had 10 paddlers, so merged with Hillmorton HS to give them some impromptu 'mentoring'.
First race was scheduled to start at 9 but as can be the case, things were a little delayed. Round 1 was five 300m heats, with 3/4 boats per heat. Round 2 (300 m) started a little after 10am, followed by "The New Sweeps race", giving six trainees the chance to show what they can do in race conditions.
Teams had the choice of skipping races in Round Three (again, 300m) but they were all keen to get in maximum paddling.
Then Round Three stretched them out to five hundred meter races, which were again thoroughly enjoyed. Some teams called it quits when it came to the 2km races, so we dropped back to ten teams, with five in each 'flight', in 30-second staggered starts. Prizegiving was in the Riverside Bar.
High tide was at 8:22 on 6-Dec-09 (Lyttelton) so a relatively early start to racing. There is quite a 'lag' from Lyttelton to Kerr's Reach, so we get usable water for racing 'late but quickly'. So the cut at the Reach should be raceable from about 8:45 that day, and we should get water through till about 2 pm. [note that this all refers to tides in Christchurch, and the effect of the flow up the Avon River to Kerr's Reach]
Rowers were at the Marlborough Champs in Blenheim that weekend, but some Masters and Schools may still be around. Also the paddlers from Arawa Canoe Club are "running a Waimakariri River race this Sunday (the Coast to Coast course) but are having the prize giving at the club but starting 6 pm".
Ice Breaker 2008 - inaugural
In 2008, Aoraki launched a new concept to the Christchurch scene - an early season regatta. Well, alright, it was probably done before, but we're talking about the modern era here...
So at the very respectable hour of 12 noon on Sunday 7th December, the mini-Regatta got under way at Kerr's
Reach. Six brand new boats in full livery; Dragon heads, tails, Drummer seats and Drums!
This was a chance for new paddlers to get an early look at the new boats, a race start, how long a race is, how to execute a high speed river turn etc. The format was:
Team briefing near the pontoons at 11:30, with first race at noon. A nominal fee cover the cost - $5/paddler, or $100 per team, payable at race briefing.
Each team had three ‘heats’ over 300m distance (start just north of the stream by Christ College rooms). Heat times are added to determine the handicap start for 2km race. All timing by simple stopwatch.
Races start at 10 minute intervals, with three (or four) boats in a race.
Teams can rest up, while the race officials calculate the heat times, work out who's in which heat, and the (handicap) starting times for the Canterbury 2000 (see below).
Each team has one 2,000m race, with handicap start. Four or five boats per 2km race, starting from Kerr's Reach, with a turning buoy at 1,000m downstream (by the Breezes Rd intersection), and finishing at the pontoons.
Ideally the handicap means all teams cross the line together.
No medals, but spot prizes, eg for the fastest race time over all 2km races. Presentation at the pontoons at about 5 pm.
Team: [click to sort]
Abreast Of Life
CPC Canterbury Dragons
Team: [click to sort]
CPC Canterbury Dragons
The next race on the (local) calendar was the 2009 Early Bird. But for some, Dunedin provided a very different race day...
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 (previously the "Early Bird") and our big Regatta for the year (that is, the "South Island Champs" at Lake Hood).
But fees for other regatta (like this Ice Breaker) will be on a cash basis. Aoraki charges a nominal fee from teams to cover the cost" - in this case, $5 per paddler or $100 per team.
Wellington club "Tangaroa" ran a similar event for many years and it was a great hit. The concept is to run a relatively low cost event without the hi-tech timekeeping, PA etc - just a hooter, binoculars and a stop watch. Aoraki will charge a nominal fee from teams to cover the cost of St Johns, a Safety boat and other essential costs.
Tug of War Rules:
Captain nominates four tuggers.
Each tugger must be selected from the racing crew (paddler, caller or Sweep, but not a supporter).
A team may have a maximum of two male tuggers. The exception is a Boys or Open team.
The Draw will include ‘elimination’ between Girls Schools in an earlier round, so they are not immediately confronted by strong team