Royalty to be crowned at Takapuna
Our two main sailing and paddling events, the King of the Waitemata and the Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour, being held this month and we await to see who will reign supreme.
The 2020 King of the Waitemata is finally being held on Sunday 29th November after being postponed from its original April date due to the Covid-19 lockdown. This is a counter-clockwise ~37km circumnavigation of Auckland's Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands, open to all foiling and skiff classes.
Kitefoiler Lukas Walton-Keim (pictured right) set a new course record last year in an astonishing time of 49minutes 20 seconds, which works out at an average speed of 45km/hr! He will be looking to go even faster this year, and will be hoping for a good sailing breeze to get them around the iconic Auckland volcano.
Entries are striclty limited to 50 sailors, so get those entries in to ensure you don't miss out.
It is a wide open field for the 20th Vaikobi Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour being held on Saturday 5th December. 8-time Queen of the Harbour Rachel Clarke has retired from professional racing, and 3x King of the Harbour Andrew Mowlem is living in Perth and unable to leave, meaning we will most likely have new champions this year.
This is NZ's premier ocean paddling race, including surfski, Stand up Paddleboard and Waka Ama divisions, and will see paddlers experience the beauty of the Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. There are both long course and short course options to suit any level of paddler.
Full details and online entry https://www.takapunaboating.org.nz/paddling/auckland-king-and-queen-of-the-harbour/