|Aoraki Dragon Boat
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Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017, and the venue is Lake Karapiro
On 29-July-16, NZDBA announced the date and venue for the NZDBA Nationals 2017: that is, TWO days of intense racing, along with a number of elements to the day to give more paddling time on the water. The championship event incorporates Adults and Schools racing.
The following is the format:
Day One (Friday 7th) features our premier race length of 500m racing. Full 20-paddler crews race first (Session 1), with Prizegiving around lunchtime.
Note, Friday midday is the time for the two Regional Races, Aoraki's best versus crews from Auckland, Waikato BOP and the Central North Island region. These are in Womens and Open, both of which are in Standard Boat, over the 500m course. The winning team (Region) will take away the "Anderton Cup" (in the Womens Division) or the "New Zealand Cup" (in the Open Division).
The afternoon is 500m Racing for the 10 man/woman crews (Session 2). Note that the 10-paddler crews still race in the exact same 'Standard' boats made by "Champion", not the new "Swift" Boats.
Day Two (Saturday 8th) starts with the 200m Sprints. Session 3 is the 200m Sprints for 20-paddler crews, then Session 4 is again the 200m Sprints but this time for 10-paddler crews (but in the big "Champion" 20-seater boats).
Saturday night is Prize Giving at the Don Rowlands Centre (lakeside, on the "Mighty River Domain", Lake Karapiro) and Sunday is stagger-back-to-my-hometown day.
Teams included the following, with some fielding multiple Teams in Small Boat Races:
Prize Giving for 2k Races is after all racing finishes.
See Season 2016-17.
Sat 19th and Sun 20th March 2016 at Lake Hood
The NZDBA Nationals 2016 was just one week after the South Island Champs, to allow for an earlier Easter, plus the massive racing at Adelaide for CCWC. We had TWO days of intense racing, along with a number of elements to the day to give more paddling time on the water. The championship event incorporates Adults and Schools racing.
Day One (Saturday 19th) featured our premier race length of 500m racing. Full 20-paddler crews race first (Session 1), with Prizegiving around lunchtime. The afternoon is 500m Racing for the 10 man/woman crews (Session 2). Note that the 10-paddler crews still race in the exact same 'Standard' boats made by "Champion", not the new "Swift" Boats.
Day Two (Sunday 20th) start was due to be the 200m Sprints, but with predicted high winds developing, we brought the 2,000 m Turns race early ("Session 5"), so that we had calm winds for this tricky race. Session 3 is the 200m Sprints for 20-paddler crews, then Session 4 is again the 200m Sprints but this time for 10-paddler crews (but in the big "Champion" 20-seater boats).
Teams included the following, with some fielding multiple Teams in Small Boat Races:
Prize Giving for 2k Races and Champion of Champions is on SUNDAY night is at the Flash Ash Hotel.
See Season 2015-16.
NZDBA told us "Well folks we have listened to you, and we thought long and hard about how we can improve the experience of the National Champs for paddlers. We have also been looking at how we can encourage greater participation from the Auckland based teams in attending the Nationals. So we are very excited to bring New Zealand's peak event back to Auckland City."
The NZDBA Nationals 2015 (incorporating the Trans-Tasman/Oceania Competition) was held over two days -Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015 - at Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, Auckland. Thus, the week after Auckland Regional Champs at the same venue, and one week before Easter. Two days of intense racing, along with a number of elements to the day to give more paddling time on the water. The championship event incorporated Adults and Schools racing."
Day One (Saturday) featured our premier race length of 500m racing. Full 20-paddler crews race first (Session 1), then in the afternoon, was the 10 man/woman crews (Session 2). Note that the 10-paddler crews still race in the exact same 'Standard' boats made by "Champion", not the new "Swift" Boats. Note also that the exciting 2,000 metre turns races were brought forward to Saturday due to forecast high winds later in th weekend - which didn't eventuate, as it happens.
Day Two (Sunday) included 200m Sprints. Session 4 was the 200m Sprints for 20-paddler crews, then Session 5 was again the 200m Sprints but this time for 10-paddler crews (but in the big "Champion" 20-seater boats).
Teams, from 43 Clubs/Schools include the following, with many fielding multiple Teams in Small Boat Races):
See Season 2014-15.
Lake Hood, Ashburton, 2014
29-March-14 at Lake Hood (hosted by Aoraki Dragons).
See Season 2013-14.
A total of 32 teams competed at the dragon boating nationals, with 10 school teams featuring. That consisted of seven schoolgirl crews and three mixed crews.
Ten Champion Dragon boats (for 5 lanes of racing), 200m Sprints (with a static start) then 500m Races (with a Rope Start for the Drummer) and then 2km Truns races.
Some Brief Results:
As reported in the Press article on secondary school sports week, "Avonside Girls' High are the queens of national secondary schools dragon boating", when they claimed both the 200m and 500m titles.
In the 200m final, they prevailed over Epsom Girls' and third placed Marian College in a time of 55.33 sec. They were too strong again in the 500m final, winning in 2min 18.76 sec, with Marian forced to settle for second.
Avonside just missed out on complete domination of the schools event, finishing third in the 2,000m turns race, which Christchurch Girls' High won in 10min 34.95 sec.
Avonside have enjoyed plenty of success recently, winning the 200m, 500m and 2000m turns events at last week's South Island championships.
Hillmorton High's Horomaka Shock crew shone in the mixed section, completing a clean sweep with gold medals in the 200m, 500m and 2000m events.
In the 2km turns race, teams complete four legs of about 500m with three left-hand turns. Finish positions are based on their elapsed times. Hillmorton started in position six out of eight boats. They demonstrated their endurance and fitness, powering past four competitors and closing the gap to the boat that started first. With a time of 10min 27sec, Horomaka Shock easily took the gold for the mixed schools race and posted the fastest time a team from Hillmorton has ever achieved at the national regatta.
Featured three race cameras, one behind the start line (positioned on the tray of a vehicle, on the beach at the northern end of the lake), one just south of the 200m Start Line, and one just south of the Finish Line Tower.
It also was the first time we moved the Crew Marshalling and Loading tent about 20m south of the Finish Tower.
Event Director for NZDBA was Meri Gibson (who also ran all the Race Starts), Aoraki's Event Director was Rick Smith and Techincal director was Pete Mitchell. Jennie Colver (Akld) was Race Director on the day.
Race timing was by Nigel Marx (including telelmetry to the start trigger and photo finish) and Commentator was again Richard Bromley.
Amakura Kapa Haka Group provided volunteers for paddler scrutineering, carpark patrols, boat wrangling etc.
Blue Lakes, Rotorua, 2013
6-APRIL-2013 (very rare for racing to spill into April)
The folllowing are from NZDBA.co.nz
2k Turns Race Results
See Season 2012-13.
Lake Hood, Ashburton, 2012
The NZDBA National Championship dragon boat regatta were on Saturday 31-March-2012 at "Lake Hood" about 6km east of Ashburton (click for venue info).
The day to day logistics of the event were effectively run by local members of NZDBA; Meri as PR/Communications Director and Noel as Secretary. The board of Aoraki stages the event on behalf of NZDBA - in particular two of Aoraki's key team members, Peter Mitchell and Rick Smith control the logistics.
2k Turns Race Results
See Season 2011-12.
Blue Lakes, Rotorua, 2011
The NZDBA National Championship dragon boat regatta for 2010-11 season was on Saturday 26th-March-2011 at Tikitapu, the "Blue Lake".
Adult team racing
FULL Results were as follows. These are listed with the Premier 500m distance first, then 200m sprints, then the 2,000m turns race. Click the neader of the column to "sort by". Press F5 to refresh this page (to return to the normal order).
See Season 2010-11.
Lake Hood, Ashburton, 2010
The NZDBA National Championship dragon boat regatta was held on Saturday 27th and 28th-March-2010 at "Lake Hood" about 6km east of Ashburton (click for venue info).
The day to day logistics of the event were effectively being run by local members of NZDBA; Meri as PR/Communications Director and Noel as Secretary. The board of Aoraki staged the two-day event on behalf of NZDBA - in particular two of Aoraki's key team members, Peter Mitchell and Rick Smith controlled the logistics of the two days.
Adult team racing - Saturday 27-March-2010
The 33 degree-plus temperatures that the pack-in crew endured while setting up on Friday, were unfortunately swept away by a severe Southerly front on Saturday morning. Lake Hood developed a light swell and white caps as the 24 adult teams were setting up in their marquees.
The organisers knew that racing would be very difficult for the paddlers in cold conditions, so the start of racing was delayed until about 11 am to allow the winds to drop, and the waters to settle. Racing continued without mishap or tip out. Results were as follows:
The cold weather eased (just slightly) on the Sunday for Secondary Schools to strut their stuff.
Christchurch team Shirley Boys High School again proved to be strong. However their local rivals St Bedes beat Shirley in Round 1 (race 3) by 0.15 seconds, despite SBHS making a very strong finish. Then in Round 2 Bedes posted a (1.19 second) faster time than Shirley, but SBHS took the honours in Rounds 3 and 4. But in the end, it counts for nothing in the final:
A late bid by Upper Hutt Storm to get to Nationals failed, so Hillmorton High faced a difficult task of chasing their own targets - and they proved they are true and worthy champions.
Local team Christchurch Girls High performed well this season so were anxious to see how they performed against arch-rivals Epsom Girls Grammar who had been dominating the Auckland competition.
For seven years, Christchurch Girls High have been chasing Epsom Girls Grammar EGGS (who were National Champs in 2009), so they were particularly pleased to take the top honours on their home ground. Meanwhile Marian backed up a very strong season, coming a close third in the final.
Read stories in Ashburton Guardian:
See Season 2009-10.
Blue Lakes, Rotorua, 2009
In 2007 and 2008 the NZ Dragon Boat Association 're-launched' itself, and immediately recognised that it's key 'output' was to deliver a peak Nationals Championships. So as of 2009, NZDBA runs the official National Championships. It was on Saturday 28th and 29th-March-09 at "Blue Lake" (Tikitapu) 10km south east of Rotorua (click for a map or here).
NZDBA's board are putting together the event - the board includes Dave Elliott, Alisha Zanetich, Shane Petley, Sooupu Perese, Darryn Anderson, Gavin Franicevic, Meri Gibson, and Noel Anderton.
Adult team racing - Saturday 28-March
There will be two grades: Breast Cancer Survivor and Adults. All teams race in the same heats during the day, which qualify them for different finals.
Corporate and Open teams will compete in the same finals. In the Grand Final (top qualifiers) First place will receive a cup, medals (per paddler) and a Presentation paddle. Second and Third place will receive medals and paddle.
Grand Finalists in 4th, 5th and 6th place will receive certificates.
In the Lower Finals, First place will receive a Presentation paddle.
Breast Cancer Division
Cups, medals and paddles will be presented as per Corp/Open grade. Breast Cancer medals will have pink ribbons. Pins will be presented to all BC paddlers.
Schools Day - Sunday 29-March
The winner of each School division (Boys, Girls and Mixed) will be presented a Cup/Trophy. And in each division's Grand Final, 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams will receive a medal per paddler.
In the Lower Finals, First, Second and Third place teams receive certificates.
Christchurch team Shirley Boys High School are the dominant force in New Zealand Dragon Boating. John Fox and Russell Stocks have developed an awesome group of boys who are fizzing whenever they get near a boat. They should be starters, particularly as they are heading to Prague in August 2009 for the World Champs.
St Margaret's girls will head to Nationals, lead by Rick Smith from Evacut (and Aoraki's Board). Last year St Margaret’s team was fifth overall from 23 girls’ teams.
Scott Johnson's Christchurch Girls High are expected to return to the Nationals as well.
The Prize Giving and after-party (on Saturday night) was at the Rotorua Race Course Pavilion in central Rotorua, on Donne St which is off Fenton St, near Rydges Hotel.
See Season 2008-09.
Auckland 2008 - National Championships a true 'test'
Canterbury was extremely well represented at the NZDBA-sanctioned National Championships, hosted by Auckland Dragonboats on 29th and 30th-March-08. On behalf of South Island teams, Aoraki thanks Gavin Franicevic and NZDBA's Dave Elliott and their team for putting together a great event.
Adult team racing - Saturday 29-March
Screws Loose impressed with the power paddling throughout the day, showing the corporates how to win all the heats at a regatta! But our sympathy goes out to the Corrections crew who could not quite nail the crucial fifth win in the Grand Final! A very noble Silver to Pom and his team...
Meanwhile, Canterbury Dragons and Tu Meke made the Open Grand Final. But Lake Pupuke proved to be a very tricky venue to paddle on when the strong North Easterly whips across. To the Christchurch teams' cost, the swell meant they each took on a huge amount of water by about the three-quarter mark. But they battled on, draggin' the extra weight and coping with the now-rocking boats. In CPC's case they barely crossed the line before performing a quite graceful roll! Meanwhile, Tu Meke came to rest with about an inch of freeboard!
Breast Cancer Division
Christchurch's Abreast of Life finished off a very full season with an impressive showing at the Nationals. Two weeks earlier they had competed well at the Wellington Festival, and Lake Pupuke say seven BCS gather for their ultimate showdown.
A very strong crew from Gold Coast posted some very fast times during the day, but ABOL were probably the most consistent crew posting times of around 3:05. So this set them up for a prime lane position in the Division's Final.
A feature of racing on Pupuke had been the swell and cross winds, so the juggling and josttling on the start line was a key factor. The Race starter had to pick a time when all the boats were at least roughly ready, but unfortunately for ABOL, this coincided with when they were complying with orders to back-paddle.
But despite starting the race 'heading in the wrong direction' the crew translated their frustrations into a powerful race, to finish across the line a hare's breath behind Busting with Life from Auckland. These two New Zealand teams seem to have an ongoing battle each year where the trophy yoyos from one to the other.
As Chair Meri Gibson says "there is always next year to get it back again".
Schools Day - Sunday 30-March
Well when it comes to Boys teams in New Zealand Dragon Boating, there is surely only one name to listen for - Shirley Boys High School. John Fox and Russell Stocks have developed an awesome group of boys who are fizzing whenever they get near a boat! They showed teams of all grades how to churn through the course, recording an astounding 2 minutes 10 seconds later on Sunday.
St Margaret's girls were again lead by Rick Smith from Evacut (and Aoraki's Board). They are a team who certainly enjoy their sport, and it seems their Auckland trip is no exception.
The St Margaret’s team was fifth overall from 23 girls’ teams on Sunday. They won their first two heats and were second in their third. SMC made it into the Grand final against the two Epson Girls Grammar school teams, CGHS and Westlake Girls High. Unfortunately SMC couldn’t match their pace in the final and finished fifth. It was a fantastic result with the girls determined to make amends after our disappointing showing in Christchurch.
Another of Aoraki's 'cooperative' is Scott Johnson of CIAL's Flying Dragons. Or as Christchurch Girls High team calls him - "Iceman"! Well Scotty's team performed well again, taking home the Silver medal in the Girls Division (and providing heaps of entertainment for for the other passengers on their flight back to the Mainland).
Iceman described racing side by side by side with the two Epsom Girls Grammar School for 500m as "fantastic... thrilling beyond belief from this sweeps point of view". And thats what it's all about...
See Season 2007-08.
Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, Auckland
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