Aoraki Dragon Boat
The following teams (in bold) have confirmed their entry:
A set of local trophies are at stake, including the "Hell for Leather" trophy for the Sprint series (all Adults). And the McLeod Trophy 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).
Note, adults and schools race on the same day (Saturday). Qualifying is the same as adults - that is, 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. In 2011 the winners were MARIAN!
Sanction pending from the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council.
South Island Dragon Boat Champs - 2014
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:
Results - 200 metre Sprints, All Adult:
Results - Girls School:
Results - Mixed School:
Results - 2km metre Turns Race:
Competitively, the 'main event' for the Aoraki teams is the "South Island Dragon Boat Regatta", a chance to determine the top local Corporate, Open and School teams. See the trophies at stake.
Local food vendors (including coffee, Sports Drinks, Ice Cream and Souvlaki/Kebab) set up to serve the paddlers, their supporters and spectators. Portaloos are available near the tent area.
Regattas are run under NZDBA Race Rules including the disputes process.
Teams should be at Lake Hood by 9:00 am, with Briefing at 9:30 am. First Race at 10 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). Note, at National Champs we will be at the Ashburton Hotel.
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