This event is a must not miss ! A guaranteed true Downwind run! Loads of fun! French Bay Paddlers and Oceanrider are proud to bring this one to you all, once again!
The Great Manukau Harbour provides one of the best true Downwind runs in the city. With breathtaking scenery and a rich cultural heritage, this body of water is certainly a must to explore. The Naumi Hotels Aotearoa Downwind Champs - Manukau Harbour Champs is in it’s second year, a race for SUP, Outrigger canoe and Surf Ski entrants. Hosted by French Bay Paddlers and Oceanrider.
This year we’ve moved the date forward, to enhance the event even more. To capture the the strong stormy SW winds and the warmer weather. This combination should offer our competitors the perfect conditions for an amazing race!
Please Note: This is not a Waka Ama recognised National title event. Date: Sunday 10th February 2019
There are a few course options depending on the wind. Course will be decided the day before or on the morning of the race.
12:00pm Registration opens: All paddlers to meet at finish line for rego and safety check. See course options and possible start and finish lines for transport. No transport provided unless private pre-booked arrangement has been made. Please advise if you need help with transportation by the 5th February.
13:00 Safety Checks start and are to be completed at the race start venue and signed off by a race safety checker. Life jackets are compulsory and no athlete will be allowed on the water without one! If it is found that an athlete competes with no PFD onboard they will be disqualified.
14:15 Race Brefing
14: 45 Race Start
We have a few course options wind dependent:
Course 1 - Whatipu Beach to French Bay
Course 2 - Onehunga Bay to Cornwallis
Course 3 - French Bay to Weymouth
Race estimated time 2hours
00-17 Male Female SUP
18-39 Open Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski
18-39 Open Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski
40-49 Master Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski
40-49 Master Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski
50-59 Senior Master Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski
50-59 Senior Master Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski
60+ Golden Master Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski
60+ Golden Master Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski
Safety Boats: We will have 4-5 safety craft to spread throughout the groups Including a lead boat. Everyone must bring a pfd and a leash.
Provide own transportation. If transport is an issue , please advise: Kathy 0212052387
After race prize giving to be held at the Naumi Hotel Airport Oaks