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Polar Blast 2017

This is Aoraki's third year of pre-season racing. Dedicated paddlers have been on the water over Winter, and they now get a chance to loosen up the shoulders and have a bit of fun on the water. Captain's briefing at 10:45 am (Sunday 20-August), first race at 11 am, 15 minute intervals. Finish by 3 pm, with Prizegiving near the Finish Line.

Thirteen (13) teams were entered in 2016. How many will be ready to race in 2017?

Results:

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Qualifying Rounds: H1 points H1+2 H1+2+3 H1+2+3+4
ABOL 1        
ABOL 2        
Paddlateers        
Avonside Girls        
Northern Phoenix        
Otautahi        
Ridge Riders        
Sampan        
South Dragons        
Tu Meke 1        
Tu Meke 2        
Waimak The Force        
Waimak Storm        

Format

Racing is in Ten Man (Swift) Boats at Lake Rua, 15 minutes between races. It is a very informal event, with the course as follows:

  • Start on the western shore, using a rope in the water. Toriana Hunt runs the Starts.
  • Finish line is marked by a rope strung across the lake at 250 metres, with two flagged buoys, weighted.
  • One person on the shore notes the finish order (not the time).

Cobweb (Sept)

Another chance to welcome Spring, and dust the cobwebs off your paddling gear. This will be very similar to our highly succesful Polar Blast. It is a a Fun event, where we compete for bragging rights before the official season begins. Open to all comers - new paddlers are welcome.

2016 TrophyMake a team up on the day, or existing crews are always looking for fresh talent. Established teams let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at aoraki.dragons@gmail.com or responding on the Facebook page. DEADLINE for team entries 6pm TUES 20th Sept. This is strict as it allows us to make up a race draw and allows EVERYONE to have a stress free funday.

First Race is at 11 am (remembering Daylight Saving starts on Saturday night). Racing continues to about 3 pm. Entry fee is just $5 per person.

Results:

Team pts R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ABOL                                  
Tu Meke                                  
Paddlateers                                  
Avonside                                  
N Phoenix                                  
South Dragons                                  
Waimak                                  
Avon Dragons                                  
ABOL2                                  
South Drag Jnr                                  
Ridge Riders                                  
Chch GHS                                  

 

Format

As above, Ten Man Boats at Lake Rua, Start on the western shore, Finish line marked across the lake at 250 metres, Race Starter Toriana calls the Start, One person on the shore notes the finish order.

See Season 2017-18.

Polar Blast 2016

Aoraki's second year of pre-season racing followed a similar format, again allowing dedicated paddlers a chance to loosen up the shoulders and have a bit of fun on the water. Captain's briefing at 10:45 am (Sunday 21-August), first race at 11 am, 15 minute intervals. Finish by 3 pm, with Prizegiving near the Finish Line.

Thirteen (13) teams are entered in 2016, a huge increase over 2015.

A slight change in format in 2016. Each team has four races. Each race generally has three teams per race (but one race per round had 4 teams in it). The Winner of a race is awarded 3 points for that race, second place gets 2 points. And third (and fourth) team gets one point.

Results:

Overall Winner = South Dragons (South Brighton SLS), 12 points

Second place = Ridge Riders, 11 points (on countback)

Third place = Tu Meke 2, 11 points.

Qualifying Rounds: H1 points H1+2 H1+2+3 H1+2+3+4
ABOL 1 2 4    
ABOL 2 1 2    
Paddlateers 1 3 4 5
Avonside Girls 1 2    
Northern Phoenix 3 4    
Otautahi 1 2    
Ridge Riders 2 5 8 11
Sampan 2 5    
South Dragons 3 6 9 12
Tu Meke 1 3 6    
Tu Meke 2 3 5 8 11
Waimak The Force 2 3    
Waimak Storm 1 3    

Format

Racing is in Ten Man (Swift) Boats at Lake Rua, 15 minutes between races. It is a very informal event, with the course as follows:

  • Start on the western shore, using a rope in the water. Toriana Hunt runs the Starts.
  • Finish line is marked by a rope strung across the lake at 250 metres, with two flagged buoys, weighted.
  • One person on the shore notes the finish order (not the time).

Cobweb (Sept)

Another chance to welcome Spring, and dust the cobwebs off your paddling gear. This will be very similar to our highly succesful Polar Blast. It is a a Fun event, where we compete for bragging rights before the official season begins. Open to all comers - new paddlers are welcome.

2016 TrophyMake a team up on the day, or existing crews are always looking for fresh talent. Established teams let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at aoraki.dragons@gmail.com or responding on the Facebook page. DEADLINE for team entries 6pm TUES 20th Sept. This is strict as it allows us to make up a race draw and allows EVERYONE to have a stress free funday.

First Race is at 11 am (remembering Daylight Saving starts on Saturday night). Racing continues to about 3 pm. Entry fee is just $5 per person.

Results:

"Thanks to everyone for making the cobweb blaster such a success. The weather gods were not on our side but it was fantastic to see so many teams getting out there and warmed up for the season.

"Welcome to New crew. Avon Dragons. A welcome addition to our growing sport and great to see CGHS back out on the water with their new coach Ben Afitu.

"The bragging rights for the day go to 1st place South Dragons 1; 2nd place Ridge Riders; 3rd place Tu Meke"

Thanks again
Andy Jones
Aoraki PR and Comms Director.

Team pts R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ABOL 9 2       3       2           2  
Tu Meke 11 3         3       3     2      
Paddlateers 5 1             1     1         2
Avonside 5   1     2         1         1  
N Phoenix 8   2       2           2   2    
South Dragons 12   3         3   3       3      
Waimak 7     2       1         1       3
Avon Dragons 8     3   1           2   1      
ABOL2 6     1         2   2       1    
South Drag Jnr 11       2       3       3     3  
Ridge Riders 11       3     2       3     3    
Chch GHS 4       1   1     1             1

South Brighton SLS win again!

South Brighton, winners at Cobweb Blaster 2016.

Format

As above, Ten Man Boats at Lake Rua, Start on the western shore, Finish line marked across the lake at 250 metres, Race Starter Toriana calls the Start, One person on the shore notes the finish order.

See Season 2016-17.

Polar Blast 2015

This was the first time we offered racing outside the normal season. This allows the more dedicated paddlers to loosen up the shoulders and have a bit of fun on the water.

The first attempt was Sunday 9th August, but the temperature (7 degrees with snow and sleet) was below our hypothermia limit. Rescheduled for 3 weeks, and moved to Saturday to allow for the Coach-the-Coaches session on Sunday 30-Aug.

Results:

Grand Final Results:

MAC 'n Tu Meke/Tu MAC (First), P1 Paddlers (Second), ABOL (Third)

Minor Final:

Paddlateers (First), Waimak (Second), Avonside Girls (Third).

Petite Final:

Chch Girls HS (First), Amazons (Second).

Qualifying Rounds: H1 points H1+2 H1+2+3
ABOL 3 6 8
Paddlateers 3 5 6
Amazons 1 2 4
Avonside Girls 2 4 6
Chch Girls 1 2 3
MAC ‘n Tu Meke 3 6 9
P1 Paddlers 2 5 8
Waimak 2 4 7

Format

Racing is in Ten Man (Swift) Boats at Lake Rua. It is a very informal event, with the course as follows:

  • Start line is on the western shore. Original plan was to run a rope in the water across the western corner (similar to the Aoraki Open last year). The line was to have four buoys, weighted down with a block to show the outside of the three race lanes.
  • Finish line is marked by a flagged buoy. Again, first plan was to use a rope strung across the lake at 250 metres, with four buoys, weighted.
  • The Sweep in Lane 2 calls the Start.
  • One person on the shore notes the finish order.

Registered teams were ABOL, Amazons, Airways Paddlateers, Avonside Girls HS, Chch Girls High School, P1 Paddlers and Waimak Attack. Not competing: Aurecon, Beca, CIAL, Hillmorton High School, ATG and Sampan.


Cobweb Blaster 2015

Our second Winter/Pre-season event (again in Ten Man (Swift) Boats at Lake Rua) was a great success. Despite overnight rain, the damp ground soon dried out. In fact, the spring sunshine nicely countered the cool zephyr across the calm Lake Rua. Waimak Attack scored maximum points from the qualifying rounds, but second qualifier Paddlateers beat them in the race that counts. And Dragon Boating was the winner at the end of the day...

Results:

Grand Final Results:

Airways Paddlateers (First), Waimak Attack (Second), ABOL (Third).

Minor Final:

Avonside GHS (First), Marian College (Second).

Petite Final:

Chch Girls HS (First), Amazons (Second).

Qualifying Rounds: H1 points H1+2 H1+2+3 H1+2+3+4
ABOL 3 6 7 9
Airways Paddlateers 2 5 8 11
Amazons 1 3 4 6
Avonside Girls HS 2 4 6 9
Chch Girls HS 1 2 4 6
MAC 3 5 7 7
Marian College (GHS) 2 3 6 7
Waimak 3 6 9 12

Eight teams competed, in glorious Spring weather. Racing was in 3 Ten Man Boats. All teams race together, no separate divisions. Race Distance is 250 metre, scoring based on placings (not times). Although racing started about 15 minutes late, we caught up time after one round. Teams had 40 minute lunch break and we were still able to fit in a fourth set of heats and a Final.

Cobweb Blaster is a very informal event, with the course as follows:

  • Start line is on the western shore, marked by two flagged buoys weighted down with anchors to show the outside of the three race lanes.
  • Finish line has a white rope on the water at 250 metres, marked by two numbered buoys.
  • The Sweep in Lane 2 calls the Start, One person on the shore notes the finish order.

Registered teams were ABOL, Amazons, Airways Paddlateers, Avonside Girls HS, Chch Girls High School, Marian College, Waimak Attack and MAC (ex paddlers from Marian, Avonside and CGHS). Not competing were Aurecon, Beca, CIAL, P1 Paddlers and Sampan.

See Season 2015-16.


Usually 8 or 9 teams including combined teams made from "invitational paddlers" (that is, those that don't come with a full team). Three of the Ten Man Boats will be available for racing and a 20-Man will be there if teams want to train in between. All teams race together, there are no separate divisions. Race Distance is 250 metre, scoring based on placings (not times). Each team will have at least three heats and a Final.

Races start about 15 minutes apart, allowing for 45 to 60 minutes per round. Run as a points system on a Round Robin. First across the line gets 3 points, 2 for second, 1 point for third.  Each team therefore races 6 other teams, randomised.

Prize giving by 3 pm, then pack out. Note, if we got ahead of time, we may squeeze in a fourth heat, so that each team gets to race all the other 8 teams.

What do I need to fill in?

Teams do not need to provide a list of all "Squad" members for these events. As for training, team managers are responsible for keeping track of who is intheir boat.

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

 

Affiliated to NZDBA updated: 18-Jul-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton