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"Akaroa Super 10" on 11-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. First race at 9:45. See the Akaroa-2018_race-draw.
All near the boat ramp at Childrens Bay, Akaroa Harbour. See site map.
How much does it cost? Entry fee is $100 per team. This is to cover basic running costs, SLS Safety Boat, Announcer, toilets, prizes etc.
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
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.
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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:
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.
Hence the Le Mans Winner: Ridge Riders with a time of 1 minute 40.71 sec.
Saturday is "Pack in" day, with racing on Sunday and pack down in the evening.
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.
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.
See Season 2014-15.
Akaroa, January, 2014
Super 12 racing - January 2014
While 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:
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)
Lane 1 - Greymouth Schools, 1:26.3 (1st)
Lane 2 - ABOL Amazoms, 1:28.0 (2nd)
Lane 3 - Waimak Thunder, 1:29.4 (3rd)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
Le Mans final placings
Based on race times in the Finals, Le Mans placings are:
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:
See the full Race Results:
Listen 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.
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.
The program was:
For the Le Mans races (see rules below):
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:
We 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.
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