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Sat 25th March, at Lake Hood

The South Island Championships include Adult racing plus School (aka Junior) crews. The event is sanctioned (upon application by Aoraki Dragons) by the NZ Secondary Schools Sport Council.

Although the weather was cold, the paddling was intense and the camaraderie warm. Thanks to the teams for helping to make the South Island Champs regatta run so smoothly and make it such an enjoyable event for everyone.

Click here for the full set of results for the day.

A summary of winners of the cups and trophies:

  • Girls' Schools 'Splash and Dash' Cup - Avonside Girls' High School
  • Girls' Schools Johnson Cup - Avonside Girls' High School
  • Women's Cup (500m) - Otautahi Paddling
  • 'Hell for Leather' Cup (Premier Mixed 200m) - Tu Meke
  • Corporate Cup (500m) - Aurecon Avengers
  • Premier Mixed Cup (500m) - Tu Meke
  • South Island Grand Champion Trophy - Tu Meke
  • Coach of the Year Award - Evan Roper

This event is Sanctioned by he NZ secondary School Sports CouncilCongratulations to all the deserving winners!

For most paddlers, the next stop is the climax of the season - the National Championships regatta at Lake Karapiro in two weeks' time.

Schools awards are at the lake following the conclusion of racing and Adult awards at the after-party venue of Allenton Rugby Club clubrooms. This year, there is no meal at the clubrooms, so teams make own arrangements before the after-party starts.

Sat 12th March 2016, at Lake Hood

This season there is a ONE week gap between our South Island Champs (Saturday 12-March-16) and Nationals (19th and 20th March) both in Lake Hood.

Results

Div Dist Place Team   Div Dist Place Team
Open 200 m 1     Open 500 m 1  
Open 200 m 2     Open 500 m 2  
Open 200 m 3     Open 500 m 3  
Corp 200 m 1     Corp 500 m 1  
Corp 200 m 2     Corp 500 m 2  
Corp 200 m 3     Corp 500 m 3  
Women 200 m 1     Women 500 m 1  
Women 200 m 2     Women 500 m 2  
BCS 200 m 1     BCS 500 m 1  
BCS 200 m 2     BCS 500 m    
Mixed 200 m 1     Mixed 500 m 1  
Mixed 200 m 2     Mixed 500 m 2  
Mixed 200 m 3     Mixed 500 m 3  
Girls 200 m 1     Girls 500 m 1  
Girls 200 m 2     Girls 500 m 2  
Girls 200 m 3     Girls 500 m 3  

Results of the 2,000 metre Turns Race will be published in due course. The Race Committee is reviewing the data to ensure that the results truly reflect the racing.

Div Dist Place Team
Open 2k 1  
Open 2k 2  
Open 2k 3  
Corp 2k 1  
Corp 2k 2  
Corp 2k 3  
Women 2k 1  
Women 2k 2  
Women 2k 3  
Mixed 2k 1  
Mixed 2k 2  
Mixed 2k 3  
Girls 2k 1  
Girls 2k 2  
Girls 2k 3  

See Season 2015-16.

Sat 14th March 2015, at Lake Hood

This season we will had a TWO week gap between our South Island Champs (Lake Hood, Saturday 14-March-15) and Nationals (28th and 29th March) in Auckland.

Racing at South Islands 2015 started slightly after 10:00 am, due to a sudden Southerly on Friday night forcing a delay in setting up the race lanes. We made up time during the day but ran slightly over in the end. Weather for Saturday started with mist, but had slightly cloudy periods, with Northeast, and a high of about 18 degrees.

  • First race was 200 metre Sprints, Heat 1 at 10:00, with 10 minutes between Races.  Five Races per Round. Heat 2 started at about 10:55 (Race 06) through to 11:35.
  • Sprint Finals at midday included Girls Final (A and B were combined), Mixed Schools, Womens, Corporate and then the Open Final.
  • From about 1:10 pm Heat 1 of the 500 metre races, the 'elite' distance.  Heat 2 started about 2 pm and the Finals of 500 metres from about 2:45 pm.
  • From about 3:50 pm the 2,000 metre Turns Races started, in two "Flights"
  • of 10 boats.
  • After the final race, teams help us to move the boats to, or onto the trailers, while Officials double/Triple check the results.
  • Schools Prize Giving was at Lakeside as soon as we have confirmed the results (and got the boats sorted); Adult Prize Giving was at the Ashburton Hotel ("The Flash Ash") from about 8:30 pm till Late!

So each team has 2 heats, followed by a series of grouped finals.

For the Turns Race, Teams start (on the 'Finish Line") as a stationary start at 15 second intervals. They race straight-up-and-down (nearly to the 500m Start Rope) with three turns, finishing in front of the Photo Finish Tower by Race HQ.

Results

Div Dist Place Team   Div Dist Place Team
Open 200 m 1 Tu Meke   Open 500 m 1 Tu Meke
Open 200 m 2 Ridge Riders   Open 500 m 2 Ridge Riders
Open 200 m 3 Waimak Attack   Open 500 m 3 Waimak Attack
Corp 200 m 1 Aurecon   Corp 500 m 1 Aurecon
Corp 200 m 2 Flying Dragons   Corp 500 m 2 Beca
Corp 200 m 3 Beca   Corp 500 m 3 Airways Paddlateers
Women 200 m 1 Waimak Thunder   Women 500 m 1 Waimak Thunder
Women 200 m 2 ABOL Amazons   Women 500 m 2 ABOL Amazons
BCS 200 m 1 Abreast of Life   BCS 500 m 1 Abreast of Life
BCS 200 m 2 Simply the Breast   BCS 500 m   Simply the Breast
Mixed 200 m 1 Hillmorton   Mixed 500 m 1 Hillmorton
Mixed 200 m 2 Greymouth   Mixed 500 m 2 Greymouth
Mixed 200 m 3 Catholic Cathedral   Mixed 500 m 3 Catholic Cathedral
Girls 200 m 1 Avonside Girls   Girls 500 m 1 Chch Girls HS
Girls 200 m 2 Marian College   Girls 500 m 2 Marian College
Girls 200 m 3 Chch Girls HS   Girls 500 m 3 Avonside Girls

Results of the 2,000 metre Turns Race will be published in due course. The Race Committee is reviewing the data to ensure that the results truly reflect the racing.

Div Dist Place Team
Open 2k 1  
Open 2k 2  
Open 2k 3  
Corp 2k 1  
Corp 2k 2  
Corp 2k 3  
Women 2k 1  
Women 2k 2  
Women 2k 3  
Mixed 2k 1  
Mixed 2k 2  
Mixed 2k 3  
Girls 2k 1  
Girls 2k 2  
Girls 2k 3  

 

See Season 2014-15.

Sat 22nd March 2014 at Lake Hood

Adults and schools race on the same day - Saturday 22-March-14 at Lake Hood, our 'premium' venue. In the years when the South Island hosts the NZDBA Nationals, Aoraki use our Regional Champs as a 'test' of that same elite venue - Lake Hood, near Ashburton.

The first races of the day are heats and a Final of the 200m Sprint series. Then the 'elite' distance, the 500 metres. Each team has heats 2, followed by a series of grouped finals.

And then to finish, we have the Turns Race. Teams start (on the 'Finish Line") and race straight-up-and-down (approx 440m legs) with three turns, which add about 66m per turn, finishing in front of the Photo Finish Tower by Race HQ.

Results - 500 metre Adult:

  Open (500m): min:sec
1 Tu Meke 2:09.57
2 Ridge Riders 2:13.16
3 Waimak Attack 2:15.29
  Corporate (500m): min:sec
1 Aurecon 2:14.12
2 Beca Crewsaders 2:14.33
3 CIAL Flying Dragons 2:18.90
  Womens (500m): min:sec
1 ABOL Amazons 2:30.96
2 Simply the Breast 2:36.89

Results - 200 metre Sprints, All Adult:

  Adult (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Tu Meke 50.23
2 Beca Crewsaders (2nd overall) 51.92
3 Waimak Attack 52.09
4 Aurecon 52.11
5 Ridge Riders 52.14
6 Paddlateers 53.62

Results - Girls School:

  Girls (500m): min:sec
1 Avonside  
2    
3    
  Girls (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Avonside  
2    
3    

Results - Mixed School:

  Mixed (500m): min:sec
1    
  Mixed (200m Sprint): seconds
1    

Results - 2km metre Turns Race:

  All comers (2,000m): min:sec
1    

See Season 2013-14.

Sat 9th March 2013 at Lake Hood

Adults and schools race on the same day - Saturday 9-March-13 at Lake Hood, our 'premium' venue in 2012. In the years when the South Island hosts the NZDBA Nationals, Aoraki use our Regional Champs as a 'test' of that same elite venue - Lake Hood, near Ashburton.

The first races of the day are heats and a Final of the 200m Sprint series. Then the 'elite' distance, the 500 metres. Each team has heats, followed by a series of grouped finals.

And then to finish, we have the Turns Race. Teams start (on the 'Finish Line") and race straight-up-and-down (approx 440m legs) with three turns, which add about 66m per, finishing in front of the Photo Finish Tower by Race HQ.

Schedule:

Teams should be at Lake Hood by 9:30 am, with Briefing at 10 am. First Race at 10:30 am, and 12 minutes between races and 20 minutes between rounds.

First round is 200m Sprints, with two heats (five lanes per race) with all times counting toward the finals.

After lunch (about 1:20pm) is the second round. Five hundred metre races. Two Heats for each team with all teams racing in a graded Final.

And to finish, each team has a staggered start to the 2,000 metre multi-turn race, with the fastest elapsed time winning.

School teams Prize Giving is on the Lake edge/Race HQ immediately after the last race.

Adult teams Prize Giving and After Party is at the ALLENTON Rugby Club in Melrose Road (NOT Ashburton Racecourse or even the Ashburton Hotel)

See Season 2012-13.

Sat 10th March 2012 at Lake Hood

Adults and schools race on the same day - Saturday 10-March-12 at Lake Hood. In 2011 we were at Pegasus, but we returned to the 'premium' venue in 2012. When the South Island hosts the NZDBA Nationals, Aoraki like to use our Regional Champs as a 'test' of that same elite venue - Lake Hood, near Ashburton.

The difference with this year is that first races of the day were the (2 heats and a Final) of the 200m Sprint series. Note, last year the sprints were 250m, but IDBF have tended toward 200m as the favoured short-distance races.

Then came the 'elite' distance, the 500 metres. Each team has 2 heats, followed by a series of grouped finals.

Some of the Trophies up for grabs

See detailsAnd then to finish, we have the Turns Race. Teams start (on the 'Finish Line") and race straight-up-and-down (approx 440m legs) with three turns, which add about 66m per, finishing in front of the Photo Finish Tower by Race HQ.

Results - 500 metre Adult:

  Open (500m): min:sec
1 Tu Meke
2:13.36
2 Waimak Attack
2:16.16
3 Sampan Warriors
2:18.85
  Corporate (500m): min:sec
1 Beca Crewsaders 2:15.57
2 CIAL Flying Dragons 2:16.99
3 Airways Paddlateers
2:33.10
  Breast Cancer (500m): min:sec
1 Abreast of Life 2:40.30
2 Simply the Breast 2:42.22

Results - 200 metre Sprints, All Adult:

  Adult (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Beca Crewsaders 53.19
2 Tu Meke
53.41
3 CIAL Flying Dragons 53.42

Hell for Leather Cup goes to the fastest Sprint team, any category or Division

Results - Girls School:

  Girls (500m): min:sec
1 Chch Girls High 2:18.32
2 Avonside 2:21.11
3 Marian 2:22.72
  Girls (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Marian College
54.35
2 Avonside GHS 57.50
3 Villa Maria 58.07

Results - Boys School:

  Boys (500m): min:sec
1 Shirley Boys 2:17.80
  Boys (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Shirley Boys 52.41

Results - Mixed School:

  Mixed (500m): min:sec
1 Hillmorton Horomako Sharks 2:28.34
  Mixed (200m Sprint): seconds
1 Hillmorton Horomako Sharks 59.53

Results - 2km metre Turns Race:

  All comers (2,000m): min:sec
1 Tu Meke 10:02.21
2 Beca Crewsaders 10:31.40
3 Shirley Boys 10:32.01
4 CIAL Flying Dragons 10:56.29
5 Waimak Attack 11:05.89
6 Marian 11:15.36
7 CGHS 11:23.65
8 Hillmorton Horomako Sharks 12:02.69
9 Abreast of Life 12:20.36

Schedule:

Teams at Lake Hood by 9:30 am, Briefing at 10 am. First Race at 10:30 am, and 12 minutes between races and 20 minutes between rounds. First round is 200m Sprints, with two heats (five lanes per race) with all times counting toward the finals.

After lunch 500m races. Two Heats for each team with all teams racing in a graded Final. Finish with a staggered start to the 2,000 metre multi-turn race, with the fastest elapsed time winning.

School teams Prize Giving on the Lake edge immediately after the last race. Adult teams Prize Giving and After Party is at the ALLENTON Rugby Club in Melrose Road.

See Season 2011-12.

Sat 11th April 2011 at Lake Pegasus

Adults and schools raced on the same day - Saturday 2-April-11 at Lake Pegasus. This was the first time we used the western side of the lake (with team tents set up just north of the Swing Bridge) and crew loading in a Marquee above "Kings Beach". The weather was fantastic! Well it was, until a beastly easterly kicked up just after 2 pm. But it was a fantastic finish to a very trying season for Christchurch paddlers.

Note that in 2011 the regatta date was delayed, due to the 22-Feb-11 earthquake. Note also that the venue was changed to Lake Pegasus as teams were less willing to venture out of town.

Results - 500 metre Adult:

  Open (500m): min:sec
1 Tu Meke 2:06.09
2 Ridge Riders 2:07.41
3 UC Dragons 2:08.03
4 Waimak Attack 2:16.21
5 Sampan Warriors  
  Corporate (500m): min:sec
1 Beca Crewsaders 2:11.84
2 Airways Paddlateers 2:18.03

Results - 250 metre Sprints, All Adult:

  Adult (250m Sprint): seconds
1 Tu Meke 59.61
2 Sampan Warriors 62.84
3 UC Dragons 63.40
4 Beca Crewsaders 64.09
5 Ridge Riders 65.83
6 Waimak Attack 67.68
7 Airways Paddlateers 109.90

Schools

Note, adults and schools race on the same day (Saturday). Qualifying is the same as adults - that is, three timed heats determines positions in a Finals for Boys/Mixed/Girls.

"The Johnson Challenge Cup" is awarded to the best Christchurch Girls team at the Regatta, i.e. the winner of the girls final. This year the winners were MARIAN!.

Results - Girls School:

  Girls (500m): min:sec
1 Marian 2:07.19
2 Girls High 2:08.68
3 Avonside Girls 2:24.92
4 Abreast Of Life 2:37.75
  Girls (250m Sprint): seconds
1 Marian 66.80
2 Girls High 71.49

Results - Boys School:

  Boys (500m): min:sec
1 Shirley Boys HS 2:10.08
  Boys (250m Sprint): seconds
1 Shirley Boys 66.04

Results - Mixed School:

  Mixed (500m): min:sec
1 Hillmorton HS (Mxd) 2:08.85
2 Riccarton HS (Mxd) 2:31.46
  Mixed (250m Sprint): seconds
1 Hillmorton HS (Mxd) 71.00
2 Riccarton HS (Mxd) 77.18

Facilities

For the first time ever, teams set up their tents and shelter on the WESTERN side of the lake in Aoraki Bay. Local food vendors (including coffee, Sports Drinks, Ice Cream and BBQ) set up to serve the paddlers, their supporters and spectators. Portaloos are available near the tent area.

2011 Schedule:

Earlier start that at Lake Hood, so Team Briefing at Pegasus at 9:30 am, with first Race at 10 am, and 12 minutes between races. First round is 500m distance, three heats with all times counting toward the finals (from about 1:30). After lunch, 2nd round. 250 m sprints. Original plan was to run one heat for each team with the top eight in two Finals. But due to the shortened day due to high winds, winners were based on the heat times.

Adult and School teams Prize Giving and After Party, at the Kaiapoi Club only a few minutes away from Pegasus, and on the way home.

See Season 2010-11.

Sat 27th and Sun 28th March 2010 at Lake Hood

"South Island Dragon Boat Regatta" is a last chance hit-out for local Corporate, Open and School teams before returning for the Nationals on 27 & 28-March-10. Teams had just competed at the Early Bird Regatta at Pegasus.

Rather than have the adults and schools days split into two, we ran both grades on the same day. Many adult teams really enjoy the energy and spirit that the school teams bring. Lake Hood is a fantastic venue for racing. We had all local crews plus Simply the Breast from Blenheim so approximately 800 paddlers, coaches and managers over the Saturday.

First Race scheduled for 10:30 (although there was delay in setting up the starter pontoons); 15 minutes between races, and 15 to 20 minutes between rounds; Second round, all teams race 250 m sprints (no finals, just race times). Adults compete for “Hell for Leather” Cup. Finals are from about 5 pm to 6 pm. Aoraki hosts the presentation of medals and trophies (back at the Ashburton Hotel followed by The After Party). For results, click here.

Races

In 2010 adults and schools race on the same day - Saturday 6-March-10. A set of local trophies are at stake, including the "Hell for Leather" trophy for the Sprint series.

Twelve Christchurch adult teams and eleven School teams competed, plus we were very pleased to play host to "Simply The Breast" from Blenheim.

In the Corporate Final, Beca Crewsaders (on 2:15.26) edged out Airways Paddlateers (2:16.56). Evacut Express were third (2:18.63) and CCC Cruisers (2:23.96).

In the Open Grand Final, Ridge Riders U23 (2:13.52) were 0.26 seconds ahead of Tu Meke (2:13.78) followed by Tu Meke Development and CPC Canterbury Dragons.

Aoraki also introduced two more "Finals" - Men's Final (where "Tu Meke Tane" fielded a team to race against St Bedes and Shirley Boys High), and the Women's Final (where "Waimak Express" (a collaboration between Waimak Attack and Evacut Express) raced against Simply the Breast, ABOL, "Tu Meke Wahine" and "CCC/Beca all-comers".

The Partington Cup has traditionally been presented to the fastest of any adult Canterbury crew, but in 2010 Aoraki commissioned an updated trophy. In past years, teams have had to come straight from a Corporate/Open final and back it up with a very hardout race. From 2009, the Partington is presented to the fastest times on the day in the 500m course by a Christchurch adult crew. That time might be recorded in any race (heats or final).

Schools

Qualifying is the same as adults - three timed heats determines positions in a Finals for Boys/Mixed/Girls. At the 2008 Christchurch Regatta, Aoraki Board member Scott Johnson kindly donated "The Johnson Challenge Cup" for the best Christchurch Girls team at the Christchurch Regatta, i.e. the winner of the girls final. Note that if a girls team is visiting and wins, the trophy is for the first Christchurch Girls team across the line.

Hillmorton High School entered a new team, the only Mixed team, so they raced along with the "Girls B Final".

In the "Girls Grand Final", Christchurch Girls High beat Marian, with Avonside Y13 in third, just ahead of their Year 12 team.

In the Boys Grand Final, Shirley Boys edged out St Bedes.

Prize Giving and Trophies

The Schools’ prize giving was held within an hour of racing with the presentation of the fiercely competed-for cups and medals. At the ‘after party’ at the Ashburton Hotel, Aoraki presented a newly commissioned carving of a new trophy, “South Island Champion”. This carving was completed by Alex Mc Leod from Tu Meke. Alex is a master carver and he has produced a stunning piece to adorn anyone’s trophy cabinet, fittingly the first recipients of the trophy were Tu Meke Dragons.

Teams entered:

Open:

  1. Abreast Of Life (Chch BCS)
  2. CPC Canterbury Dragons
  3. Ridge Riders
  4. Sampan Warriors
  5. Simply the Breast (Blenheim)
  6. Give it a Go (Spreydon Baptist)
  7. Tu Meke
  8. Tu Meke Development
  9. Waimak Attack

Corporates:

  1. Airways (Paddlateers)
  2. Beca Carter (Crewsaders)
  3. Canty Prisons (Screws Loose)
  4. CCC (Cruisers)
  5. P & N (Evacut)

Schools

  1. Avonside Girls HS (y12)
  2. Avonside Girls HS (y13)
  3. Christchurch Girls HS
  4. Hillmorton High
  5. Marian College (G)
  6. Riccarton HS (G)
  7. Shirley Boys
  8. St Margarets 1
  9. St Margarets 2
  10. St Bedes College
  11. Villa Maria (Villians)

See Season 2009-10.

Sat 14th and Sunday 15th March 2009 at Lake Hood

Aoraki's main Dragon Boat Regatta for 2008-09 season was on Saturday 14-March (Corporate and Open) and Sunday 15-March-09 (Schools). This the first regatta that Aoraki had held on Lake Hood near Ashburton.

Teams raced in the northern end of the lake, from near the beach southward, using the marked international rowing standard lanes. Note, we race one boat to a rowing lane, with four Champion Dragon Boats per race. That is, we use four rowing lanes. The start mechanism is a start rope for alignment (with the drummer holding the rope).

Results

Placings were as follows [click here for Adults Results full PDF version and here for Schools]

Open
1 Tu Meke
2 CPC Canterbury Dragons
3 Fei Long - the Next Generation
4 Sampan Warriors
5 Abreast Of Life Chch
6 Give It A Go [Spreydon Baptist]
7 Simply the Breast

Schools - Boys
1 Shirley Boys
Corporate
1 Canty Prisons (Screws Loose)
2 Beca Carter (Crewsaders)
3 P & N (Evacut)
4 Airways (Paddlateers)
5 CCC (Cruisers)

Schools - Girls
1 Christchurch Girls HS
2 Marian College
3 St Margarets
4 Villa Maria
5 Avonside GHS 1 (year 13)
6 Avonside GHS 2 (year 12)
7 Riccarton HS (girls)
Sprints (200m)
1 Fei Long - TNG (54.43)
2 Beca Carter (Crewsaders) (55.15)
3 Tu Meke (56.73)
4 Evacut Express (57.10)
5 CPC Canterbury Dragons (57.59)
6 Screws Loose (57.96)
7 Airways Paddlateers (58.52)
8 CCC (Cruisers) (58.94)
9 Sampan Warriors (61.88)

Placings were as follows [click here for (Schools) PDF version]

See Season 2008-09.

"Christchurch Regatta" 2008

Sat 1st, Sunday 2nd March 2008 at Kerr's Reach on the Avon River

Click to download the full results.Aoraki's main Dragon Boat Regatta for 2008 was on Saturday 1-March (Corporate and Open) and Sunday 2-March-08 (Schools). This the first full regatta to be staged on the Avon. Download the full Adult results here. and Schools Results here.

Results

Open Best time:
1 Sampan Warriors 153.25
2 CPC Canterbury Dragons 149.47
3 Tu Meke 149.10
4 Ridge Riders 154.21
5 Give It A Go (Spreydon Baptist) 163.93
6 Abreast Of Life Chch 168.29

Corporate Best time:
1 Airways (Paddlateers) 152.00
2 Canty Prisons (Screws Loose) 149.39
3 CIAL (Flying Dragons) 146.75
4 P & N (Evacut) 149.73
5 Beca Carter (Crewsaders) 151.86
6 CCC (Cruisers) 154.68

Schools Results

Schools - Girls Best time:
1 Avonside  
2 Christchurch Girls HS  
3 Marian College  
4 St Margarets (2)  
5 Riccarton HS (girls)  

Schools - Boys Best time:
1 Shirley Boys 1  
2 Shirley Boys 2  
3 St Bedes College (Bedeans)  

Schools - Mixed Best time:
1 Papanui H S  

See Season 2007-08.


General info:

Racing generally starts about 10:00 am (but see above for details).

  • First race - 200 metre Sprints, Heat 1 at about 10am, usually 10 minutes between Races.  And typically Five Races per Round.
  • Sprint Finals at midday included Girls Final, Mixed Schools, Womens, Corporate and then the Open Final.
  • Next is Heat 1 of the 500 metre races, the 'elite' distance. Then a second round (usually) then Finals of 500 metres.
  • Just before 4 pm we run the 2,000 metre Turns Races started, in two or more "Flights"
  • of up to 10 boats.
  • After the final race, teams help us to move the boats to, or onto the trailers, while Officials double/Triple check the results.
  • Schools Prize Giving at Lakeside as soon as we have confirmed the results (and got the boats sorted); Adult Prize Giving is at the Ashburton Hotel or the Rugby Club (see above) followed by partying till Late!

So each team has 2 heats, followed by a series of grouped finals.

For the Turns Race, Teams start (on the 'Finish Line") as a stationary start at 15 second intervals. They race straight-up-and-down (nearly to the 500m Start Rope) with three turns, finishing in front of the Photo Finish Tower by Race HQ.

Hell for Leather Cup goes to the fastest Sprint team, any category or DivisionAt South Islands, a set of local trophies are at stake, including the "Hell for Leather" trophy for the Sprint series (all Adults). The Partington Cup has traditionally been presented to the fastest of any adult Canterbury crew, but in 2010 Aoraki commissioned an updated trophy. The Partington was presented to the fastest times on the day in the 500m course by a Christchurch adult crew. That time might be recorded in any race (heats or final).

What do I need to fill in?

A list of all "Squad" members (up to 26 including drummer and sweep) must be submitted at least ten days before each event. Photo verification of crews will also be in place, so teams must provide a passport size photo of each crew member. Aoraki will print photo sheets of each team, and Crew Marshalling will check them at crew loading.
Any changes to this must be notified, in writing, at least one hour prior to the first race.
Your on-the-day race crew must be selected from your "squad", with three members of your squad used as reserves who may be taken in or out of the race crew at your leisure.

How much does it cost?
Teams pay a full season fee to Aoraki, which includes entry to the major local Regattas (ie Aoraki Open plus the South Island Champs).
Venue pics  
Lake Hood, Ashburton from the air... From the beach end, the start line is about 50m to the left. First time that Aoraki ran the regional Champs (2008), the races were on the Avon River, in the first 500m of Kerr's Reach.
Dragon Boat racing uses this half of the lake Kerr's Reach, on hte Avon
Lake Hood... Dragon Boat racing uses this half of the lake, which is a 2,000 m Olympic quality rowing course. The lake is 2.7km in total length.  
Start end (beach)  

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