Summer Racing

Tuesday Twilight Series 2018

Tuesday twilight racing for 2018 will kick off around October / November (usually the first Tuesday after daylight savings). Check back closer to the time for more details. 

Races are open to kayaks, surf skis, waka ama, paddle boards or any other human powered craft. 

The Tuesday night races for the 2017 summer season will be broken up into two parts:

  • Seeding races (First 2 Tuesdays). The first two weeks will be seeding races with a mass start to allocate people into handicap groups for the series races. 
  • A break for Waitangi weekend
  • A six race series alternating between mass starts and handicap starts
    $5 per race or $20 for the whole series.
  • The final night will include a prize giving and and BBQ - 20th March 

Registration and race start:

Registrations will take place from 6pm on the night of the race at the Kupe kayak shed. Even if you have registered for the race series you will need to check in to be be given your allocated start time.

Race briefing will take place at 6.25pm at Haitaitai beach, with start times from 6.30pm.

Entry fee:

$5 per race or $20 for the series.


Long Course: The long course races are approx 6-8km depending on conditions.

Short Course: A short course options will be introduced for 2018 with a focus on participation and encouraging new paddlers to get involved. Distances 3-5km depending on conditions. 


Kupe Rose Bowls:

The Albert and Robert Hall Rose Bowls were first awarded in 1963 to the top lady and gentleman paddler of the club.

While they have been in storage for many years this year they will again be awarded to the winner of the six race series from the 13th Febuary to the 20th March 2018.


Series points:

For the post-Christmas series, races will alternate between a mass start and a handicap start with final series ranking calculated from points obtained in each race.
While there are six races only the top five results for each participant will go towards the overall series ranking (you can have one night off or one off night).
Race points will be allocated as follows:
  • 1st place receives 100 points
  • 2nd place 99 points
  • 3rd place 98 points etc. 
The final race of the series is worth double points:
  • 1st place gets 200 points
  • 2nd  place198
  • 3rd 196 etc.

To be eligable for points you will also need to:

  • wear a PFD for the race, and
  • register before each race (even if you have signed up for the series). We'll give you your allocated start time and make sure you're recorded as racing that night. 


PFD’s must be worn by all paddlers.

All paddlers participate at their own risk and make the decision to compete based on the knowledge of their capability and the conditions on any given race night.


In really rough winds (wind speeds of 30knots plus) races may be cancelled. Cancellations will be posted on the Kupe facebook page by 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon.