Strong field for the Vaikobi Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour

This month’s 2019 Vaikobi Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour is the main event on all surfski paddlers’ calendars and there is a great line-up of paddlers entered already, from Olympians and world champions to weekend warriors and everyone in between.

The event will feature Surfski, SUP and Waka-Ama categories with both a long course (18-23km) and short course (6km). It is expected around 130 local and international paddlers will be on the start line on 30th November to battle it out on the pristine waters off Takapuna Beach.

 

So far, we have paddlers coming from all over New Zealand as well as from Australia, Tahiti, Samoa and even as far afield as South Africa and USA, This event has been approved by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) as the 2019 Oceania Ocean Racing Championships which means it is an ICF World Ranking Point competition, with world ranking points awarded to each division.
 
The women’s field is looking strong, with Takapuna paddler Rachel Clarke looking to take her 8th consecutive win in this event. Trying to stop run of victories will be Teneale Hatton, also from Takapuna. Teneale recently finished 3rd at the 2019 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships and will be seeking a win at her home race. Eyes will also be on American Ana Swetish, the under 19 World Champion, who is coming to Auckland for the first time.
 
Rachel Clarke will be chasing her 8th Queen of the Harbour title this year

Perth-based Aucklander Andrew Mowlem will be aiming for his 3rd win in a row but will face tough competition in the men’s division from the likes of last race’s place getters Sam Mayhew and Toby Brooke amongst others.
The race will finish on Takapuna Beach, so spectators are encouraged to come down and see what ocean paddling is all about.
 
An addition to the race this year is a “Kids of the Harbour” event off Takapuna Beach following the main race, which is open to kids aged between 9-12 years who want to try paddling. All the equipment is provided and no experience is necessary.

More information about the race can be found here