Race 1: The FLOW KAYAKS King And Queen Of The Harbour
‘A Great Start for Current World Champion’
130 colourful sleek carbon racing craft line up at the water’s edge. Top-seeded paddlers Cory Hill, Michael Booth In the men’s Rachel Clarke and Teneale Hatton in the Ladies. The 2016 FLOW Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour are about to explode off the beach, kicking off the 2016 Surfski World Series!
While Teneale took Gold at the World’s, pipping Rachel into Bronze, today would be Rachel Clark’s chance: “For me personally I don’t mind the conditions being dead flat or an awesome downwind. But of course downwind is a lot more fun! It was extremely tough with conditions being dead flat and we had the benefit of an outgoing tide. I had a terrible start and was in the back half of the field getting on the water. I managed to get going well after that and slowly made my way up the group. About 3kms into the race I caught up to Teneale and for about 2 1/2 km we were side by side. I then managed to pull away on some small runs and kept pulling away. I felt really comfortable and strong the entire way.”
In the men’s Australia’s Cory Hill and Michael Booth come charging into Matiatia Bay to claim first and second respectively, followed closely by Mark Anderson in third. “The race went OK for me – the only challenge I had was at the entrance to Matiatia Bay, where we saw the turn boat approach us before we headed north for the top turn.” While this cost Cory a few seconds it was a welcome opportunity for Michael Booth to get back onto the group.