Welly Paddlers Series Race 5, 19 Dec, at Petone

It’s been 4 weeks too long since our last race, this has been due to us working around many events, in a number of the paddling Sports.

December 19 sees us head out to the Esplanade, Petone (opposite Cuba Street) for the race around Matiu (Somes) Island and back it’s distance of 8.2 km and the start time is 10 am……………registration will be from 9.15 am.

Race briefing 9.50 am

The Wind forecast is for 19 kph to 30 kph Northerly winds which looks promising.

If the weather kicks up too much we will have an alternate course likely to be from the Wellington Waterski club along the foreshore up the Hutt River to the Seaview bridge and back again…………….or any other configuration that matches the water conditions on the day.

Entry fee:
$ 5 singles
$8 doubles
$12 sixes

It is an open water course and it is recommended that you either wear or carry a buoyancy vest.

Other safety equipment like spray skirts, leg leashes, paddle floats, pumps, bailers, flares, cellphones UHF radios are all equipment that you can also carry and may save your bacon one day.
We expect that you carry the appropriate equipment for your craft and that you are able to roll if you capcise your kayak or have the ability to self rescue (using a paddle float) first and foremost.
There won’t be any motorised race safety boats on the course.

We will be setting an “easy to manage” course on the day, paddlers are free to choose whether they are able to race the course that we set.

www.wellypaddlers.blogspot.com for an update on the Race Calendar, also photos and results from the Greta Point Twilight Kayak Series.

For all our events we post the wind forecast 4 days out from each race on our website.

The schedule for the second half of the Welly Paddlers Series was also posted on our Events calendar early last week.