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She’s mighty windy the MANUKAU right about now!!! Surfs up!!! Race Entries open now !!!! Get in early, avoid the last minute rush and chaos! Save your spot NOW… be apart of THE FIRST EVER Annual Manukau Harbour Race:

The Aotearoa Downwind Champs

To enter, visit:


click on Aotearaoa Downwind Champs Race Entry to purchase your Race entry ticket for $30 (includes race entry fee and meal).

LATE ENTRY FEE: Due to catering purposes and the Race fee being so cheap (we are organising a mean feed), we advise there will be a late entry fee, to cover late entry meal costs.

The $30 race entry fee will increase after midnight Sunday 4th March.

VERY IMPORTANT!: Please fill out email contact details in email section of entry so that we are able to contact and communicate race information with you.

Race caps and tees are available to pre order. Race logo will appear on cap and t-shirt. If ordering a race cap or shirt, please note: pre orders close Sunday the 4th of March. Check website for details.

Questions? Holla at ya Crew;

Mike Pirrit 0220635847 or Kathy Williams 0212052387

or email: Kafoa Oceanridersports@gmail.com


The Great Manukau Harbour provides one of the best true Downwind runs in the city. With breathtaking scenery and a rich cultural heritage, this body of water is certainly a must to explore. Aotearoa Downwind Champs is a race for SUP, Outrigger V1 OC1 and Surf Ski entrants. Hosted by French Bay Paddlers and Oceanrider.

Date: Saturday 17th March 2018

8:00am Registration and Safety Checks start: All paddlers to meet at Onehunga Bay Reserve (finish line) off Beachcroft Rd for rego and safety check. Leave vehicles at Onehunga Bay. Transport and trailers at the Bay to transport paddlers and their crafts to the start line Cornwallis Warf.

High tide 11:39am

8:00am Registration and Safety check starts

Transport to start line Cornwallis Warf Cornwallis Rd Cornwallis

10:30am Race Brefing

11:00am Race Start

We have a few course options wind dependent:

Course 1 – Cornwallis warf to Onehunga Bay.

Course 2 – Cornwallis warf to Blockhouse Bay.

Course 3 – Cornwallis warf to Weymouth.

Course 4 – Huia to Blockhouse Bay.

In reverse if an Easterly comes through.

Race estimated time 2hours


18-39 Open Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski

18-39 Open Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski

40 + Master Men SUP, Outrigger, Ski

40 + Master Women SUP, Outrigger, Ski

Safety Boats:
We will have 3-4 safety craft to spread throughout the groups Including a lead boat. Everyone must bring a pfd and a leash.

Transport if needed, please advise:
We will have trailers and vans at the finish line transporting paddlers and their crafts to start line before the race

After race prize giving to be held at the French Bay Yacht Club Approximately 2:30pm.

We would appreciate it if you could register your interest to give us a really good idea of participation, transportation and catering numbers.

Race fee $30
Visit www.oceanridersports.com to enter

Any questions feel free to call Mike 0220635847 or Kathy 0212052387

Email: mikepirrit@gmail.com or oceanridersports@gmail.com

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