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"Akaroa Super 10" on 18-FEBRUARY-2018

This will be the fifth year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa - in 2011 and 2012 we ran it at Lake Pegasus, and the 2017 Akaroa event had to be cancelled at the very last minute due to strong winds and rain in the Harbour.

Following the 2015 racing where we found that boats were running aground in the Le Mans Race, Aoraki reviewed the schedule. Thus the 250 metre will be run FIRST with two Heats (on the incoming tide) and then the Le Mans (while tidal flow is slower) then the 250m Finals (on the outgoing tide). Captain's Briefing is 30 minutes before the First Race.

Straight line races are 250 metres, and we also have the exciting Le Mans beach races.

All near the boat ramp at Childrens Bay, Akaroa Harbour

Format:

 

Teams

 

Results

 

See Season 2017-18.

"Akaroa Super 10" on 22-January-2017

Sadly, the 2017 Akaroa event had to be cancelled at the very last minute due to strong winds and rain in the Harbour.

Apologies to all disappointed paddlers.

But it would not have been fun out there.

This was to be the fifth year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa - in 2011 and 2012 we ran it at Lake Pegasus.

Following the 2015 racing where we found that boats were running aground in the Le Mans Race, Aoraki reviewed the schedule. Thus the 250 metre will be run FIRST with two Heats (on the incoming tide) and then the Le Mans (while tidal flow is slower) then the 250m Finals (on the outgoing tide). Captain's Briefing is 30 minutes before the First Race.

Straight line races are 250 metres, and we also have the exciting Le Mans beach races.

All near the boat ramp at Childrens Bay, Akaroa Harbour

Format:

High Tide was at about 12:41, so Start time 10:00 am for the first race (250 m first round of Heats), then the Le Mans beach races, then Heat 2 of the 250 m races, and Finals finishing about 4 pm. NOTE the NEW START TIME. See Facebook Event.

Teams

- cancelled -

Results

- cancelled -

See Season 2016-17.

Akaroa, Sun 17 January 2016

Fourth year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa. Captain's briefing at 8:30 am at the RaceHQ, the Furniture Trailer near the boat ramp. ABOL assist with unloading boats, putting on Heads and Tails etc. At the end of (Le Mans) Racing, Avonside GHS assist in packing up the boats etc before Prize Giving (about 3:30 pm).

At 09:00 the 250 metre Sprints. Startd a little late (9:14) but we were caught up after about 6 races. The 250 metre Sprints had TWO heats and the Finals. Finals begin at 11:45 pm, finish around 1 pm. All teams compete in a final based on total heat times. Winners were:

Division

Winner time 2nd Place 3rd Place
Mixed Schools Greymouth High Schools 1:22.09 Catholic Cathedral College -
Women's Amazons Red 1:25.61 Aurecon Women ABOL Black
Girls Schools Avonside Black 1:23.48 Chch Girls High Avonside White
Corporate Aurecon Mixed 1:20.13 Beca Crewsaders Paddlateers
Open Waimak Attack 1:21.19 Tu Meke Waimak The Force

From 1 pm (tide on the way out) are the Beach Races, with the Le Mans start and finish. Heats are head-to-head races, but the Finals are based on the heat time. Note, we found that in the later races, the receding tide meant that boats in Lane 3 hit the sand bar, so the four teams in Lane 3 got to race again in Lane 1 or 2, for a place in the Final. Similarly the Finals were dropped back from being 3 boat races to 2-boat, with the fastest time from all 3 races (top 6 teams) counting toward the Champion spot.

Le Mans Finals time
Aurecon Mixed 1:46.99
Sampan Warriors 1:48.96
Beca Crewsaders 1:48.11
Ridge Riders 1:40.71
Avonside Black 1:44.36
Avonside White 1:56.63

Hence the Le Mans Winner: Ridge Riders with a time of 1 minute 40.71 sec.

Small boats racing in Akaroa

Saturday is "Pack in" day, with racing on Sunday and pack down in the evening.

22 Teams:

  • ABOL (Red and Black)
  • Paddlateers
  • Amazons (Red and Black)
  • Aurecon (Mixed and Women)
  • Avonside (White and Black)
  • Beca Crewsaders
  • Catholic Cathedral College
  • Chch Girls HS
  • Greymouth High Schools
  • Rangiora High School
  • Ridge Riders
  • Sampan Warriors
  • Simply the Breast (BHM)
  • Tu Meke
  • Waimak (4 teams - The Force, Thunder, Attack Lightning)

See Season 2015-16.

Akaroa, Sun 18th January 2015

Third year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa starts with Captain's briefing at 11:00. First race at 11:30 am (Sunday 18-Jan-15) are the Beach Races, with the Le Mans start and finish. Heats are head-to-head races, but the Finals are based on the heat time. 24 teams in 8 Heats. The first final at about 1 pm features the 4th, 5th and 6th fastest. Then 15 minutes later, the Grand Final features the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fastest.

Lane

Le Mans Minor Final (Lane) time
1 P1 Paddlers (White) (2) 27.96
2 Avonside Red (1) 28.26
3 P1 Paddlers (Black) (3) 29.69

Lane

Le Mans Grand Final (Lane) time
1 Avonside Black (1) 22.49
2 CIAL Flying Dragons (3) 23.62
3 Ridge Riders Black (2) DNF

Approx six hours of racing (centred around high tide at 2:30 pm) so the Racing finishes just after 5pm. 250m Sprints from 1:15pm. Each team has two Heats and a Final. Finals begin at around 4:10 pm, finishing around 5:30pm.

Small boats racing in Akaroa

See Season 2014-15.

Akaroa, January, 2014

Super 12 racing - January 2014

Akaroa Tides for 12th Jan 2014While lots of people are on holiday and lazing on the beach, Akaroa is the place to be for Dragon Boaters. Venue was Akaroa again for this awesome event in the Ten Man boats.  It was relatively early this year on Sunday 12-January-14 due to the favourable tides. Low tide is at 08:01 on Sunday morning, High tide is at 14:04 and then Low tide at 20:16.

The program is:

  • Captain's Briefing at 11:00 with first race at 11:30am (NOTE EARLIER START TIME), the Le Mans.
  • Beach-to-beach Le Mans races (out, around a buoy and back). Seven timed heats, 3 boats per race. Fastest three times proceeds to the Main Finals (about 12:45 pm), 4th/5th/6th go to the B Final.
  • Then the 250 metre races. Starting around 1:10, TWO heats, 7 races per heat, 3 (or 4) boats per race. Second Heat starts about 2:25 pm.
  • From 3:40 pm, each team has a 250 metres Final. Last race is around 5 or 6 pm.
  • teams help get all boats off the beach and onto the trailer, with Prize giving at the Pavilion from 18:30.

Sprint Results

And here are the results of Finals:

Seventh Final:
Lane 1 - ABOL 2, 1:28.1 (3rd)
Lane 2 - Rangiora, 1:27.2 (2nd)
Lane 3 - Marian, 1:26.3 (1st)

Sixth Final:
Lane 1 - Greymouth Schools, 1:26.3 (1st)
Lane 2 - ABOL Amazoms, 1:28.0 (2nd)
Lane 3 - Waimak Thunder, 1:29.4 (3rd)

Fifth Final:
Lane 1 - Avonside Red, 1:25.5 (1st)
Lane 2 - P1 Paddlers Black, 1:26.5 (3rd)
Lane 3 - Girls High, 1:26.0 (2nd)

Fourth final:
Lane 1 - Waimak Lightning, 1:23.4 (1st)
Lane 2 - P1 Paddlers White, 1:25.8 (3rd)
Lane 3 - CIAL Flying Dragons 2, 1:25.5 (2nd)

Third Final:
Lane 1 - Tu Meke Blue, 1:20.4 (2nd)
Lane 2 - Ridge Riders Yellow, 1:20.0 (1st)
Lane 3 - Avonside Black, 1:20.5 (3rd)

Second Final:
Lane 1 - CIAL Flying Dragons 1, 1:23.9 (3rd)
Lane 2 - Waimak Attack, 1:23.5 (1st)
Lane 3 - Paddlateers, 1:23.7 (2nd)

Top Final:
Lane 1 - Ridges Riders Black, 1:18.8 (1st)
Lane 2 - Tu Meke White, 1:19.1 (2nd)
Lane 3 - Aurecon, 1:19.2 (3rd)
Lane 4 - Beca, 1:23.7 (4th)

Divisional Placing for the Super 12 Akaroa 250m

Open:
1. Ridge Riders Black
2. Tu Meke White
3. Ridge Riders Yellow

Corporate:
1. Aurecon
2= Paddlateers
2= Beca.
4. CIAL Flying Dragons

Women:
1. ABOL Amazons
2. ABOL 2
3. Waimak Thunder

Mixed School:
1. Greymouth High Schools

Girls School:
1. Avonside Black
2. Avonside Red
3. Chch Girls High School

Le Mans final placings

Based on race times in the Finals, Le Mans placings are:
1: Ridge Riders Black
2: Tu Meke White
3: Paddlateers

See Season 2013-14.

Akaroa Super 12 racing - late January 2013

While lots of people are on holiday and lazing on the beach, Akaroa is the place to be for Dragon Boaters. Racing started at Noon on Saturday 26th January 2013. The program was:

  • Captain's Briefing at 11:30 with first race at midday, the Le Mans.
  • Beach-to-beach Le Mans races (out, around a buoy and back). Six heats, 3 (or 4) boats per race. Fastest three times proceeds to the Main Finals, 4th/5th/6th go to the B Final.
  • Then the 250 metre races. Three heats, 6 races per heat, 3 boats per race.
  • Then a 250 metres Final. Last race is around 6 pm.

Tu Meke Dragons head for the Beach in the Le Mans

How much does it cost?
For 2013, entry fee is $100 per team. This is to cover basic running costs, SLS Safety Boat, Announcer, toilets, prizes etc.

See the full Race Results:

2013 Super 12 results

Radio interview with Meri Gibson and Tony Murrell on Radio LiveListen to the interview on Radio Live.

Aoraki introduced "Super 12" Dragon Boat racing into our calendar in Janaury 2011, to encourage paddlers back into the boat after the New Year break.

Note, it was a Saturday in 2011 but Sunday in 2012, and we are back to Saturday again.Swift "Small Boats" for the "Super 12" regatta at Akaroa

There are plenty of fun races and chances for on-the-water glory. The events on display are a little different from our usual regatta - as well as straight line Sprints (usually 250m but may vary), we will include the SuperSprint races. This features a Le Mans start and finishes with a beach dash to the finish line.

In 2012, Canterbury teams really enjoyed this modified version of the racing, where we used our familiar 'ten seat' Champion Dragon boats. But in 2013 teams had the chance to use the NEW boats. We christened the six new "Swift" boats at Akaroa, which take TEN paddlers (plus a Sweep and a caller). That is, a minimum of 8 paddlers, maximum of 10. Each boat must have a Caller plus Sweep. Drums/ heads/ tails are only fitted in the 250m races.

As listed at EventFinder...

Competing Teams (19): ABOL Women; Airways Paddlateers; Aurecon; Avonside Girls 1 and 2; Beca Crewsaders; Chch Girls High; CIAL Flying Dragons; Give it a Go; Hillmorton 1 and 2; Marian College; Ridge Riders U23; Sampan Warriors; Tu Meke 1 and 2; Waimak Attack; Thunder; Lightning

Location: As you come in to Akaroa, teams are based in Jubilee Park (close to the water edge). Arriving in Akaroa you are on Rue Lavaud (the main street). There is parking in Rue Brittan (beside the park). The boat ramp is near by. Distance from Akaroa village itself is less than a kilometre, but there are shops and cafes even closer.

See Season 2012-13.

Lake Pegasus for Super 12 racing - Sunday 29-January-2012

Well dragon boating was the winner on the day...

Despite another occasion when we nearly picked a date for race day that would have great weather. Setup day on Saturday was a real scorcher. Lake Pegasus was buzzing with sail boats, multi-sport swimmers, kayaks, sunbathers and kids 'doing bombs' off the bridge - not that we condone such dangerous activities.

But come Sunday the cloud cover cooled things down a few degrees. Luckily there was no drizzle or showers till at least 7pm so we got through all our on-the-water competition quite comfortably. For the safety and comfort of our paddlers, we delayed the Tug of War till the Aoraki Open - so Waimak Attack hold their (land-based) title another four weeks.

Special guests, AeroDragons from Southern California Dragon Boat ClubThe program was:

  • Each team races in three Heats of 250 metre races, from half way down the lake to the bridge (same as Ice Breaker).
  • Four races per heat, generally 4 boat per race.
  • After a short lunch break, teams are seeded for the beach-to-beach Le Mans races. Four heats with 4 boat per race.
  • Second across the line from each Le Mans race proceeds to the "B-Final". Then the First across the line from each heat races in the "A-Final".
  • Then switch back to the other start line for the finals of the 250m Sprints (all teams race).

Short results:

250m Sprint A Final - Super 12 Champions
1 Tu Meke 2 1:12.87
2 AeroDragons 1:12.95
3 Waimak Attack 1:15.39
4 Tu Meke 1:16.55

Le Mans Final - Super 12 Champions
1 Sharian
2 Tu Meke 2
3 AeroDragons
4 UC/Ridge

AeroDragons

For the Le Mans races (see rules below):

  • Crews load into four boats at Kings Beach (the other boats are moored beside the jetty) and warm up paddle across the lake.
  • Start-Runner sits on the path behind Aoraki Bay.

Results are available!

Click to download Version 3

See Season 2011-12.

Lake Pegasus, Sat 29-Jan-2011

Starting in the 2010-11 season, Aoraki decided to encourage paddlers back into the boat after the New Year break. Lots of people are still with their families, lazing on the beach... But for those that are in the area, we ran fun races on Pegasus Lake on Saturday 29-Jan-11. Just 12 paddlers, a caller and a sweep. Composite teams and casual paddlers welcome. $5 entry per paddler on the day.

So for the very first time in the South Island, Aoraki Dragons bring you the 12-Paddler version of the sport. The events on display are a little different. Plenty of fun races and chances for on-the-water glory.

Aoraki Dragons are thrilled to work with Infinity Realty to bring racing to Pegasus Lake, just 25 minutes north of Christchurch.

See Season 2010-11.


Race rules for the Le Mans races are:

  • Crews minus one runner sit on the starting Beach, stern/sweep on the sand.
  • Start-Runner sits on a line behind the boats.
  • Sweep cannot be the Start-Runner.
  • On the hooter, the Start-Runner races to the boat.
  • The boat may have started at that same time.
  • Start-Runner must board on the starboard (keep clear of the Sweep boom arm).
  • Start-Runner must be on the boat at the finish.
  • Finish-Runner may not leave the boat till the bow has crossed the thick rope (which is on the beach to stop the boat scraping on the rough sand).
  • First Finish-Runner across the line at the path wins.

Avonside GHS at AkaroaWe remove the traditional Heads and Tails on the boats (and the drums) for the Le Mans races, because the races involve rapid entry and exit from the boat by the 'designated runners'. There are enough crashes, spills on the sand, and in the "high speed rear entry boat loading" without Dragon bits getting in the way!

We recommend you use the old 'plonker' paddles for this race because the waters are very shallow on the beach, and that is rough on 202a spec paddles - save them for the 250m Sprints.

See also Ice Breaker - Super 12 - Aoraki Open - South Islands - Nationals

Affiliated to NZDBA updated: 19-Jun-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton