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Aoraki Ice-Breaker, 2012/13

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).
    Note there are no 500 metre races at this event.
  • 250 metre Sprint Finals (all teams have a Final)
  • 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 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'.

The results were... (click to download)

Click the above to download full results.

Overall Team - 250m Sprints time Div
1 Tu Meke 63.08 open
2 Sampan Warriors 64.73 open
3 Waimak Attack 65.16 open
4 Beca Crewsaders 66.57 corp
5 Aurecon 66.82 corp
6 Paddlateers 67.22 corp
7 Riccarton HS/Ridge 67.57 mixed sch
8 CIAL Flying Dragons 69.22 corp
9 Chch Girls High 70.04 girls sch
10 Avonside Girls 74.50 girls sch
11 Marian College 74.93 girls sch
12 Abreast of Life 78.74 women
13 Give it a Go 80.20 open
14 Hillmorton HS 82.47 mixed sch
15 Waimak Thunder dnf women

And for the 1,000 metre three turn race:

Overall Fastest time - 1,000m Turns Race
1 Tu Meke
2 Riccarton HS/Ridge
3 Sampan Warriors
4= Waimak Attack
4= Beca Crewsaders
6 Chch Girls High
7 Paddlateers
8 Avonside Girls

Winner of the Tug of War 2012 goes to...

Aurecon Engineering!

During the lunch 'break' teams enter the Tug of War. This is the Mighty Airways Paddlateers team, not that Aurecon lot...

Racing Finished around 2:45 pm (rather than the 15:30 scheduled) teams packed up and Prize Giving (lake-side).

Back to Ice Breaker.

Other regatta this season: Ice Breaker - Super 12 - Aoraki Open - South Island Champs - Nationals (NZDBA).

Click here to see all Aoraki regatta (incl past seasons).

All Races were in the Standard 20-paddler "Champion" boats.

Race briefing for crews is 9:30, with first races (250m Heat 1) starting at 10:00 am. The final race will be around 3pm.

Note, team lists do not need to be submitted, but you should have completed a Safety Waiver form by now.

Key people:
Race Control and Finish Line timing Kyle Dow (ec CCC Captain)
Race Starter Peter Johnson (ex CPC)
Crew Loading -
Safety Boat Simon Anderton (ex Paddlateer)

Tug of War Trophy

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 all training plus the Early Bird and our big Regatta for the year ("South Island Champs").

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. This applies to local or visiting teams.

As listed at EventFinder...

This event is supported and promoted by:
As advertised on Be There
Supported by Christchurch City Council
As advertised on EventFinder


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