Waka ama rac­ers set out to per­form

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

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