Waka ama racers set out to perform
This Saturday will see the second annual Mana Island Challenge, with waka ama paddlers having a choice of courses to suit their competency level.
Hosted by the Porirua Canoe Kayak Club, registration takes place at 8am at Titahi Bay Beach, with the first paddlers leaving soon after.
There is a 20-kilometre course for those with experience; a 10km course for novices and those on surf ski and kayaks; and a 5km course for those new to the sport.
Plenty of leeway is being given for beginners, says organiser Turi Hodges, and they have entrants coming from as far as Auckland, Christchurch and Gisborne.
‘‘It was a great event last year and we’re hoping to get good numbers out on the day. Fingers crossed the weather holds up for us, but we do have a plan B.’’
In the event of rain or high winds, race organisers will make a decision on the day which courses will be run.
Last year saw the event hampered by bad weather, but paddlers still got in the water regardless, she says.
For more information, see poriruacanoekayakclub. co. nz or call 236 8804.