Rasdex Prologue Race One




An overcast windy day greeted 120 paddlers at the boat ramp in Kaiapoi for the first race in the Rasdex Classic River Race Series.  Len and his safety team had to make the tough call to move the race to the alternative course, with a high river and strong winds forecast Woodstock wasn’t the place to be.


Entries rolled in for both the male and female novice category. This is what this race series is all about so it is great to see so many on the start line. What is a novice paddler? Ideally a paddler in this category is someone who is in his or her first season of racing and training in their kayak.


In the men’s novice class Tom Addis took line honours in a time of 55.27. Alan Steel has clearly been doing some work over winter to take silver with Craig Muir having a great paddle in third. A Topsport Kayaking clean sweet! Nice work boys!


In the female class Amanda Robinson had a dominant performance to take a very convincing win. She was followed by Mary Grey nearly 5 minutes back with Carly McMillan rounding out the podium spots. Great work girls.


The Female Veteran section saw Rachel Schmack across the line first ahead of Abbie Horrocks with Claire Le Grice in third. Great to see the Shadow getting in amongst the podium spots once again. Dave McKnight won the hotly contested Male Veteran class with a sprint to the line with Sven Zaalberg. Hayden Prattley coming home in third.


Photo Credit – Bruce Leslie

The Open Men’s class saw Steve Armstrong back to try and claim another victory. Steven, recently back from a very successful South Island Sprint Regatta was always going to be the man to beat. Steven won in an impressive 45.01 ahead of Sam Newlands and Sam Goodall to post the fastest time of the day.

In the Open Women’s field Julia Chamberlain flew off the line to an early lead which she extended during the race.  Kathryn Bunckenburg managed to hold off Lauren Robb in a final push for the line.


Special mention to junior paddler Madison Garrett (above)who paddled her K1 beautifully in tricky conditions to take the overall fastest female time of the day in 54.05.


The doubles saw a lot of action with the Hokitika pair winning in a time 52.16 with the Carnivorous River Ducks in second and Optimal Performance sneaking in for third. 


Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make this race a great success. Special mention to all the organisers at Arawa Canoe Club, our amazing race sponsors and the Topsport Kayaking safety team. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the next one on 1st November.


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