CAMBRIDGE TO HAMILTON RACE REPORT 2017
The weather gods smiled upon the 2017 Cambridge to Hamilton paddle race, with the only fine day for a long time.
The river itself was very high after consistent rain for the past month. Making for a fast paddle in a very fast flow.
A fine day saw a great turn out of competitors. The stand-up paddle board division took out the largest category with nearly half of the overall entries as well as a growth in both Surf ski and the Multisport categories.
Multiple past winner Andrew Mowlem laid down the fastest ever time of 1.26.37 setting a new record in the Surf ski category, with Sam Mayhew coming in second and veteran paddler Garth Spencer coming in 3rd .
Danika Mowlem took out the women’s event in an impressive time of 1.39.42.
The competitive Multisport division was led home by masters paddler Kim Harker in 1.33.24, followed by last year’s winner junior paddler Oliver Thompson. Third place was the first woman multisport Alex Huffadine. Forth went to another junior William Thompson whose time was very impressive as he was paddling a shorter and slower kayak than the other leaders.
The SUP division saw some great racing, there was quite a few swims, with paddlers getting used to the swirling conditions.
Late entry Sam Thom came in first in a time of 1.48.14, with Marius Lina, and Matt Anderson very close behind. Victoria Stuart from Starboard NZ was first woman in, with Helen Blair close behind and Darlene Penberthy third. Jack Foley was first junior man home.
In the under 12.6 division Jo-anne Hitcock came in first with Tim Nichols first man in.
In the school division, Cambridge High team Bain/Ross was first followed by fellow Cambridge high team Bain/O’Connel. St Peters team Gold took out third place.
Big thankyou goes to all paddlers that stopped mid race to assist on the water with fellow paddlers. We have adjusted times where possible.
Cambridge High school girl Jessica Gosling was announced the winner of our major spot prize a Single sea kayak donated by our race sponsors Stellar kayaks.
Thank you again for everyone’s support and to all the competitors and support crews that continually help to grow this event. We look forward to another awesome event in 2018
Richard and Phoebe Clark
2016 RACE REPORT-
Another wet start to the Cambridge to Hamilton paddle race, but it did not deter the keen paddlers with a record number attending and large increases in the Corporate/family double section, sup and multisport which is very encouraging for the sport. The river was flowing high and there was very little wind, without the rain it would have been perfect conditions.
It was a record breaking year for the Sup’s with JP Toblin smashing the race record in sup with a time of 1.45.17, followed just behind by young Marcus Hansen’s impressive time of 1.45.36.
First Women Penelope Armstrong also set a new women’s record of 1.57.36. Great performances by these competitors, setting some high standards for the future years.
The numbers for the Surf ski division were slightly down but there was still a very competitive field. Mike Walker and Andrew Mowlem battled it out the front finishing with a dead heat running across the finish line together in a time of 1.28.48.
First women Surf ski paddler was Hannah Wells in a time of 1.46.26
The multisport class was dominated by juniors, Whakatane paddler Oliver Thompson in a time of 1.40.49, took the men’s section and St Peters student Clare Milne took out the women’s race.
The corporate/ family section who paddle in Barracuda AR duo’s, saw close racing, LIC team of Richard Spellman and Thomas Johnson crossed the line first, with a mix Regional Council team of Lyndell Mcgregor and Vaughn Payne coming in second.
This year really showed some great racing in other division’s as well, all times and placings are on our website.
Overall it was a great day for anyone wanting to paddle this beautiful section of the Waikato River. We can only see this race growing in years to come and are excited to continue bringing this race to the mighty Waikato.
CAMBRIDGE TO HAMILTON PADDLE RACE 2015
Race morning started with rain, but cleared enough for a pleasant start to the 2015 race. Even with the terrible weather race numbers were up with big increases in SUP and Waka categories. Plus the usual large number of Surf ski’s competing.
The start was staggered with groups of divisions starting every 5minutes. Over 50 SUP paddlers headed off with a few nervous swims, just to make it interesting.
The largest group of paddlers was the Surf ski, Multisport and single Waka division, all racing to win the fastest individual time.
Last to start was the 6 Man Waka, which was very impressive to watch. Unfortunately these powerful boats did encounter a freak hail storm. The hail storm hit the back of the pack and stopped a number boats in their tracks for a short time. The earlier starters missed the hail, but still had to endure some heavy rain showers during the paddle. Mother Nature obviously decided a 23km battle down the Mighty Waikato River was not enough of a challenge.
The race for overall honours saw past winner Ben Fouhy, and Andrew Mowlem battling it out right to the line. Andrew eventually taking out the win in a Surf ski with 10seconds on Fouhy paddling Multisport. The fastest woman paddler again going to Rachel Clarke, who finished well ahead of her nearest rival.
Fastest male Sup was taken out by Anthony Willis in a record time, Nicola Hocking took out fastest female SUP. Fastest Waka single was Mike Weiss and the fastest six man Waka was won by the Taniwha Grizzlies.
This year we included a new 10km race for competitors under 16 years, this race was won by Connor Brown from Tauranga. We hope to see many more young paddlers entering this in the future.
Prize giving was held inside the Hamilton Hawkes club room due to weather. Great prizes supplied by our wonderful sponsors, were handed out plus medals to all division winners. Full results are now available on the Boatshed kayaks website www.theboatshed.net.nz
Some medal winners were missed on the day, our apologies their medals will be sent out to them as soon possible. Overall a great day, big thanks goes to our awesome competitors, the support crews of these competitors who put up with the weather and of course our volunteers and sponsors that make this event possible.
Missed medal winners-
11km Female Sup winner- (Donna Burnasconi-white) 1:04:21
Female Multisport winner (Patrice Stichbury) 1:55:01
Female Corporate Double winner (Racey Raglanities) 1:51:38
Mixed Corporate Double winner (A flock of chickens) 1:51:41
The 2014 Stellar NZ Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle race took place on Sunday 21st September.
After a wet and windy Saturday, Sunday was mainly fine with light winds and there was reasonable river flow, giving the 170 competitors near perfect paddling conditions.
The race divisions, including Stand up Paddle boards, Seakayaks, Surfskis, Multiport kayaks, K1s, Wakas, started 2 minutes apart from the boat ramp at Dominion Ave Cambridge. A separate cruise division, for those not wanting to race competitively, started slightly earlier. The race finished at the Grantham St boat ramp in central Hamilton, 23 kms downstream.
The fastest men's single paddler was Zac Franish. Zac, the national K2 1000 champion, paddled a racing Surfski in a time of 1 hour 28 minutes.
Fastest woman was Rachel Clarke, winner of the Molokia World Champs in Hawaii earlier this year. Rachel was also on a surfski, her time was 1 hour 35 minutes.
Also competing was Scott Donaldson fresh from his attempt to paddle across the Tasman Sea, no doubt this paddle was a lot easier for Scott!
Local Mahe Drysdale was second fastest in the multisport division, showing versatility on the water.
Great to see so many paddlers out on this unique section of the Waikato River
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