Rasdex Prologue Race Report
The 3rd Prologue event arrived and the weather and river conditions were perfect for kayak racing. With 84 keen paddlers on the water it was set to be a great race! The flow was about 90 cumecs.
The Open Men were to set the scene for the day with tight podium battles. Steven Armstrong continued his winning run with a sprint to the line against training partner James Feathery. Their winning time was 44.37. Given the head wind and flow this was exceptionally fast! Third in this category Thomas Moore in a time of 50.25.
The Open Women saw another close race. Sophie Hart and Kate Cambie had a tough battle right from the start. Cambie lead for the first 6kms with Hart taking the lead just before Halfway Rock. A final effort from Cambie 500 meters from the finish saw her take a very narrow victory in 51.08 and Hart only seconds behind. Rachel Baker was third about 3 minutes back.
Devan Burchett took out the win in the Veteran Male Class in 49.22 with Tony McGuire a mere 14 seconds behind. Hayden Prattley in his new boat just 21 seconds behind Tony.
The Veteran Female title was won by Sarah Helmore in 55.20 over Simone Faulkner.
The Novice Men’s section was the day’s biggest category. Byron Mann was out to try and take another win after his success at the last event. Mann had a good start and took the lead very early on in the race finishing 1st in 52.16. Jake Stapleton making his racing debut in the kayak had a great paddle to take second place 7 seconds ahead of third place Nathan Harris. These boys have all been training together Arawa Canoe Club and as a result are seeing some great times.
The Novice Women again saw more great racing. Hannah Buchanan was first across the line in 56.07. Her second win for the series. Connie Dick was second with Susie Stewart a close third.
Kathleen Perry took the win over Emma De Lacy in the Classic Female Class in 1.01.07 while Miles Watson had a good win over Clinton Findlay and Darren Whittington in second and third place.
Kate Brown and James Munro both had wins in their Junior Class, hopefully they will have more competition at the Main Event.
With the Rasdex Classic River Race just 11 days away we are in for some excellent racing. The big names in the Open Men and Women’s field will be in for a hard day at the office.
Thank you to the volunteers at Arawa for all the time and effort that goes into the organising of this event and to Topsport Kayaking for providing the river safety on the water.
The final race in the series is the Rasdex Classic Main Event on Saturday 9th December. Entries close on Monday 4th December.
More information including entry links can be found at: www.arawa.org.nz/classic.html