The Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race is an iconic Hamilton event, situated on the beautiful Waikato River. This event is open to both serious and recreational paddlers alike.
About The Event
- The paddle race is open to all types and classes of boats, from Stand up Paddleboards to Wakas.
- Competitors start at the riverside reserve in Cambridge and work there way 23km down stream to the finish line at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club/ Hamilton city Hawks Club rooms.
- For those wanting to tackle a lesser distance, there is also the option of entering the 11km half from the narrows landing.
- Red Paddle Co Youth Sup Challenge NEW
- 10km School Stand up paddle board race. Gear and board included in entry!
To be collected on race day
The 27th of September from 7.00am – 8.30am (rego will close at 8.30am to allow for safety briefings)
On the day entries only available between 7am-7.30am extra $10 fee applies.
At the Riverside Reserve,Dominion Ave,Cambridge.
All paddlers must attend the 0900am Race briefing at Riverside Reserve, Dominion Avenue, Cambridge regardless of weather you are entered in the 23km or 11km. If you are travelling south on SH1 there is no right turn into the Reserve. Instead travel through Cambridge on Victoria Street(main road through Cambridge, go straight ahead at both roundabouts), then turn left into Dominion Ave, just before the Victoria Bridge(High bridge).
Note: there is no race briefing at the narrows landing for those entered in the 11km. You must attend the race briefing at 09.00am at the riverside reserve in Cambridge.
The 23km event starts at 9.30am from the Cambridge Riverside reserve on Domain Avenue opposite the low level bridge. The aim is to get each category started 5minutes apart with everyone away just after 10.00am. All competitors must attend the race briefing to hear category start times. A list of start times will be available at the marshal’s tent.
For those entered in the shorter 11km event, the race starts at 11.00am from Narrows lane located just before the narrows bridge at Tamahere of Airport Road. Everyone will be started together unless advised otherwise at the race briefing.
The finish line for both events is the beach at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club/ Hamilton city Hawks Club rooms, which is situated on Grantham Street,Hamilton on the left side of the river. Competitors must leave their boat with a boat holder and run up the beach to the timing pad to receive their finishing time and hand in their transponder.
This is at Waikato Sports Fishing Club/Hamilton City Hawks Clubrooms (same building – one club occupies upstairs and the other, the downstairs),Grantham Street, Hamiltonon the left side of the river. We will be using the down stairs space where there are toilet and shower facilities available.
Prize giving is planned to start at 2.00pm or 1/2hr after the last competitor.
If you need to hire a kayak or any kayaking apparel a range of sea and multisport kayaks are available through The Boatshed Kayaks Ltd. Contact us either via email [email protected] or phone (07) 827 8286.
If you need to hire a Paddle Board a range of boards from the Boatshed please contact via email [email protected] or there are boards available through Liquid Stixx. Contact Kirsten via email at [email protected] or 0272433011.
After the success of last year we have kept the cruising division. This is to encourage anyone who hasn’t paddled this section of the Waikato River before to get out and have ago .The cruising division will start ahead of the main field. There will be no timing provided for this group, hence the lower cost. This means no age group prizes, but you will be placed in the draw for spot prizes.
So if you know of anyone who would enjoy giving this paddle ago, this is the option for them .It will be a very safe time to explore this beautiful section of the Waikato river, with all of the other paddlers and safety boats out there, and provide a great Sunday activity.
- Approved buoyancy aids MUST BE WORN on the water and positive buoyancy devices installed in all craft.
- Stickers are to be displayed on the left hand side of the craft, somewhere easily visible to safety boats and officials.
- If a competitor pulls out, they must inform the nearest marshal as soon as possible. Rescue craft will be available but competitors are expected to assist others when required and apply for time compensation from the officials.
- One of the major hazards of paddling on the Waikato river are the willow trees along the side please be cautious that if you are a relatively in experienced paddler we advise you to stick to the middle of the river and in the event of a capsize place yourselves on the up stream side of your craft.
- Competitors should, where possible, bring their own driver to avoid having to return to the start of the race and possibly miss the Prize giving.
- The Auckland Canoe Centre Trophy will be awarded to the crews of the first four boats home from any NZCA registered club.
- Age categories – competitors must be the age specified in the category, on the day of the event.
- Bring money. Food not included in the entry.
Bio security New Zealand reminds all competitors that it is expected they have cleaned all gear before leaving their base, in order to slow the spread of the invasive alga didymo. This means all boats and equipment used in the water (including footwear) must be cleaned either using a 5 percent solution of dishwashing detergent or any one of the other cleaning methods available on their website www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo. This is especially important if competitors are coming from theSouth Island, and is a requirement under the Bio security Act 1993.
Stop the Spread
Check Clean Dry is no longer just about Didymo. Unwanted aquatic plants and pest fish can be transported between waterways via plant fragments, unseen fish eggs and wet gear. Help stop the spread of freshwater pests between lakes and rivers through your actions, CHECK CLEAN DRY.
How to Check Clean Dry:
CHECK: All your equipment and remove any visible matter such as weed or algae.
CLEAN: If your gear has not been dry for at least 48hrs then clean with a 5% detergent and soak for at least 1 minute. For example, a 5% solution is made by mixing 50 ml of detergent with water added to make 1000 mls (1 litre) total.
DRY: Drying is an acceptable alternative method, provided that all components are completely dry to the touch, inside and out, and then left dry for at least another 48 hours.
- Under 18yrs 23km (full) – $35
- Under 18yrs 11km (half) – $25
- Over 18yrs 23km (full) – $60
- Over 18yrs 11km (half) – $45
- Cruiser Division 23km (full) – $50
- Cruiser Division 11km (half) – $35
- Waka 6 man 23km (full) – $150
- u12 – $35
- u14 – $35
- u16 – $35
- u19 – $35
School Sup entries include Red Paddle Co Board, PFD, Paddle, Safety boat on water.
Also the option to race in the Sup Cross event (fee included)
- STANDARD includes double hire – $200
- BRONZE includes double hire, 1x private lesson $250
- SILVER includes double hire, 1x private lesson, 6x Sunday sessions $500.00
- GOLD includes double hire, 1x private lesson, 6x Sunday sessions, stickers on boat, and race day promotion $700
All entry fee charges are in NZD.
Early bird entries end on the 1st July, after this date extra an $10 per person will apply.
You will receive an email confirmation of your entry immediately from the entry system. If you don’t receive this you can login and resend it to yourself.
For payments made via Credit Card, the name which will appear on your customer statement will be THE BOATSHED KAYAKS.
Online entries close midnight September 14th
We will refund the amount paid less $10 admin fee if entries are cancelled prior to Sunday 1st September 2020. No refund will be paid after 1st September 2020.
In extreme weather or Force Majeure the event may be cancelled at any time. In this situation entry fees are non -refundable, although we will do our best to reschedule the event.
The following divisions are available:
- Cruiser (un-timed open to all types of paddle powered vessels-not eligible for medals)
- Multisport – single
- Adventure Race Double
- Sea Kayak single – plastic
- Sea Kayak single – composite
- Sea Kayak – double
- Waka – single
- Waka – two or more person
- Waka – six man
- Surf Ski – single
- Surf Ski – double
- 3m Single Plastic Sit on Top
- 3m-4m Single Plastic Sit on Top
- 4m+ Single Plastic Sit on Top
- Double Plastic Sit on Top
- Stand up Paddleboard 12’6 and under
- Stand up Paddleboard over 12’6
- Corporate/ Family Double
The Family/corporate double 23km (full course) includes kayak hire.