Queen & King of the Bay
Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th , February
Welcome to the 2020 event, the annual surfski race from Kaiteriteri Beach to Port Mapua. It is a 26km paddle along the coastline in Tasman Bay, past Motueka, Kina and Ruby Bay. The prevailing wind in the summer is a northerly which is a tail wind over the paddlers left shoulder. Sea conditions is typically wind generated chop, more like lake conditions as opposed to open ocean. Depending on the lines paddlers take, they can be up to 2.5km from shore during the race.
It is a race of the Gold Level events in the New Zealand Paddler Series
START: Kaiteriteri Beach
FINISH: Port Mapua
SATURDAY 15thth or SUNDAY 16th FEB 2020
(Saturday is the targeted event day - closer to the event, we'll make a call to race Saturday or Sunday to ensure we get the best surf conditions of the weekend)
Registration 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Kaiteriteri Beach)
Division 5 - 1:00pm
Division 4 - 1:15pm
Division 3 - 1:30pm
Division 2 - 1:45pm
Division 1 - 2:00pm
Paddle times range from 1:40-3:00 hours.
The entry fee primarily covers the cost of the safety vessel, race numbers, prizes, trophy engraving
ENTER download entry form here
first 3 female & male over the line
fastest time - female & male
fastest mixed double
Awards @ Mapua Wharf 4:30pm
Closer to the event entrants will be updated with weather information, if there are any route changes or if the race will be postponed until Sunday 16th for better weather and conditions. The back up course starts and finishes at Kaiteriteri Beach.
Water Temperature in February 18-20 degrees
High tide 3:50pm, Feb 15th
Best local weather information:
pfd must be worn
leg or body leash worn
1 x communication device must be carried (epirb, phone, vhf marine radio)
1 x signalling tool must be carried (whistle, mirror, flare - smoke is best in daytime)
It is 35km by road from Kaiteriteri to Mapua, allow 40-minutes. Those wishing to car pool should meet at Mapua Wharf area at 10:30am (depart for Kaiteriteri at 11:00am), at the car park on the corner of Aranui Road and Tahi Street. More details about ride sharing will be sent to the entrants the week prior to the event.
If you are wanting to rent a ski locally for the event, there are a lot of skis in Tasman Bay and chances are you'll be able to arrange something. The best place to start would be posting on the Tasman Bay Kayak Racing Club page, and feel free to contact me also.