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Club Newsletter - February 2010

posted Mar 6, 2010, 3:08 PM by info Waimairi   [ updated Mar 6, 2010, 3:11 PM ]

From The Patrol Deck

I’m sure I don’t need to tell everyone how busy the Canterbury beaches have been this summer,
it’s been great just like summers of old, with the great weather come the associated job of keeping everybody safe.

So far this season we have had to carry out 15 rescues on our beach, of these at least 4, if not carried out would have resulted in fatalities, I was on hand to witness 2 of the rescues.

Our members did everything by the book and 2 families went away from a day at the beach intact all be it a little shell shocked. A member of both families returned to the beach later in the day to express their gratitude to the guards and amazement that things got out of hand so quickly.

During last month we also had our 2nd patrol inspection from SLSC, our un-confirmed report says we received 98% well done to Hannah & her patrol.

Whilst all of the above is pretty positive, a reminder to some of our competitors that our primary role is saving lives and patrolling the beach, to that end some of you may not be competiting at future carnivals until required hours are achieved, this also goes for members who do not turn up or have not organised replacements.
Phil Watkins


Hate to nag, but please ensure you leave the clubhouse clean & tidy after use. It is up to you to wash and put away any dishes that you have used, keep your wet & sandy feet outside (unless using the back door and going directly to the showers), and keep your showers short.

Rarangi Accomodation Canterbury Champs
This Weekend
There will be a small group of Rarangi-ites at Waimairi for the Canty Champs weekend. The
committee room will need to be kept clear for them.

NRC’s And Surf League 25/01/08 – 03/02/08

Arrived at the Mount on Friday after nearly missing connecting flight, because Surge took us to
the wrong gate (is this guy steering our canoe?). Unloaded gear, adjusted steering, practised
some starts, surf was 1 metre and building.

Saturday greeted us with a heavy 2 metre ground swell, with a dredging shorey. The word
carnage was used a lot as craft and athletes took a pounding, an estimated $50,000. in damaged
gear including a half dozen sweeps oars snapped at $1000. each. We made a final in the Open
Men's Relay, but all Canoe events were postponed till the next day.

The surf was still pumping the next day, but at least now there was the occasional lull. The Run Canoe Run started at 8am, our first heat was a bit scratchy and I found myself doing a superman (hanging off the back) at the start, then we were caned by a big set on the way out, but we managed a decent turn and to paddle down our rivals. In the final we got a good start, Suge snapped his paddle in 1/2 (again) but fortunately we had taped a spare on the back (from previous experience)which he grabbed and missed only 1/2 dozen stokes, we didn't even realise!
We couldn't catch a wave on the way in, got caught by a massive shore dump which drilled us into the beach,(one way to finish a race!) somehow Carl jumped off and got through the gates to win by a nose. 15 Minutes later they called the Long Course Final as most crews either ; a) had smashed equipment or b) were shitting themselves. We nailed the start, were first to the can and caught a
decent wave to win.

Wednesday 30.01.08

We had 3 days of pretty intense training; including a leg sapping run each morning from the motel to the top of The Mount. (my legs hurt!) Practising starts here is critical, as the beach here has a very steep profile. The surf dropped to about 1/2 metre, temp 30 deg, the boys are bruised
and bleeding, loving every minute of it.

Thursday 31.01.08

Rest of Canterbury team arrived, training tapering off but still paddling for an hour each day.

Friday 01.02.08

A couple of starts, and a few quick ladders, followed by huge breakfast.

Saturday 02.02.08

First day of Surf League, swell is small, but still a sucky little shore dump to deal with. We actually came 2nd in the first race, but won because the first crew ran through the wrong gate!! which was great because Canterbury had put their Power Play on us. We also managed to win
the 2nd race. In the Team Relay Morgan Foster overshot his side of the canoe and landed in the centre. Surge and I grabbed him and threw him back into the front (he reckoned we pulled his Speedos up to his ears). Although we got into the water last we came in 2nd.

Sunday 03.02.08

TV Day !!
We came 2nd in the first Canoe race then came the big moment..... Canterbury had put the power play on our 2nd race, we had won 5 out of last 6 races, we had prepared both physically and mentally as well as we possibly could. The Boys were amped !!! .......We came dead last!!

Ten minutes before our race it stopped breaking on our can, our alley now had a rip running through it (we were on the end buoy). Mark was nailed at the start and came out (he hadn't fallen out all week), even so we managed to reach the can with the other crews. But as hard as we tried there was no wave in for us. We were absolutely gutted. It just goes to show it doesn't matter how well prepared you are, if mother nature decides not to  co-operate.... forget it!

All in all I know Hayden,Mark, and Carl gave it 110% Doing Waimairi and Canterbury proud.

Bring on the Nationals I say!!

Don McNeilly
Club Captain

Club Newsletter December 2009

posted Mar 6, 2010, 3:06 PM by info Waimairi

A lot has been happening since the season opened. We have had a successful training weekend at O’kains Bay, where a number of competitors had the opportunity to try new disciplines, and improve skill, and get refreshed. There have been some refurbishments done on the clubrooms, with the committee opting to spend 25,000 on renovating the changing rooms, (note the new toilets) and the main stairway and new windows.

A big thanks to Tony Gallop and Kevin Moyle who have spent a lot of time and energy on this. The POM (patrol operations manual) is all up to date thanks to the long hours put in by Phil Watkins, the club couldn’t run patrols without the long hours that Phil is putting in! all lifeguards need to be familiar with the contents of the POM as this could be tested in the patrol efficiency tests. Thanks also to Steve Glue who has sorted out both the IRB and Gear trailers, and done a lot of work on the boards and ski’s. Please be careful with the gear when training, it is an expensive job to fix the gear once it is damaged, the club has spend $2,000 on gear repairs so far this season, and this is money that could be spent on new gear rather than fixing old gear, so be careful!


Attached is a patrol roster, so please read this and note the times you are on patrol. If you cannot make your patrol it is up to you to find a replacement, and notify the patrol captain. Ideally this should be done in the week leading up to the patrol rather than on the day of! Refreshers should also be completed by your first patrol, and it looks like most of these have been completed. If you are not refreshed see your patrol captain ASAP. Refreshers are a key requirement for the club of the year criteria!


Subs are now due in full, if you have not paid then you have missed the boat for the $10 off for early repayment. Subs can be paid to Michelle Moyle, via electronic payment or in person by cash or cheque.


Training is now in full swing. Remember all senior members (u16 and above) are welcome at these sessions, now is a great time to start training for a new discipline. Remember that to be eligible for selection for the nationals the 80/20 selection criteria is going to be employed. This means you must attend 80% of training sessions, and be in the top 20% of the competition in Canterbury to be selected for that discipline. Coaches will be starting to note presence and absence at training sessions after the K-day competition which is on the 13th of December.

Ski 6pm @ Waimairi taken by Mark C and Richard

Board: 5.45 @ Waimairi (Cass bay if bad weather) taken by Mark R and Tarquin

Wednesday: *Club Night*

Beach: 5pm @ Waimairi taken by Don
Swim: 6pm @ Waimairi taken by Janice and Tarquin

Board: 5.45pm @ Waimairi ( Cass Bay if bad weather) taken by Mark R and Tarquin

Ski 9am @ Waimairi taken by Richard and Mark C

Beach 9am @ Waimairi taken by Don
Swim 10am @ Waimairi taken by Janice and Tarquin


The Taylors to Sumner race is on the 6th of December, and is for Board, Ski, Surf Canoe, and Surf Boats, Canterbury Surf have canned the cadets, and surf race this year citing safety reasons. The race will begin at 1.30pm, and registration is at 1pm, so if your going to compete please be at Taylors Mistake by 1pm at the latest.

Gear loading for this event is on at 5pm on Saturday the 5th of December. If your going to compete be there then to load gear, or get someone to load your gear for you!

U16’s can race in this event, but this will be at the discretion of Mark R (the board coach) who will make the decision based on the conditions on the day.

K-day is on the 13th of December this year, and will be managed by Don. Ideally the club would like to enter 3 teams, please confirm your availability either to Don personally or on the list on the notice board at the club. This is a great chance to get out there and impress the club’s selectors for nationals!

North Beach vs. Waimairi under 8’s Carnival Day is going to be on the 12th of December at 9.30am with a sausage sizzle for the competitors after the event (about 12noon). The event will require parents and clubbies to help out, so if anyone is available please be at the club then.

Junior Surf Coaching day is on Sunday the 6th of December at Sumner beach starting at 9am. This event is to provide a surf skills training day for both competitors and junior surf coaches, so please make the effort to get involved. Waimairi competitors are required to meet at the Waimairi flag at 8.50am with your club hat. As always parents are encouraged to attend and lend a hand.

The 2009 Ironman series will be held on 8th 15th and 22nd of December at South Brighton starting at 5.30pm. Attached are the events held on each day.


Event 1 IRB 2009/2010 series, two Waimairi crews entered. The U21 Men‘s crew of Adam Mitchell and Sam Yearby Achieved 6th and 5th in the single, 3rd in the assembly, and 3rd in the tube. The open Men’s crew of Greg Finch and Kieron Kennedy achieved 5th and 4th placing in the single, and 5th and 4th= in the Assembly.

The pre-season series held in Lyttleton Harbour over four Sundays was also a success, with the open men’s Canoe placing 1st overall, the U19 women’s Canoe placing 1st and 2nd overall, the open women’s Canoe placing 1st overall, Waimairi also placed well in the individual events, which will be published once received from Canterbury Surf!

Club Newsletter – November 2009

posted Mar 6, 2010, 2:59 PM by info Waimairi

From The Patrol Deck

Hey everyone,
The season is under way with many things going on; a big thank-you for the hard work that Tony Gallop has been putting into revamping the changing rooms and First-Aid room at the club.

Here are just a few notes about the latest happenings from opening day, the recent committee meeting, and upcoming events.

Training Times:

These are also written on the whiteboard in the club, and adjusted each week, so keep an eye out for any updates!



Taken by Mark R and Tarquin, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting 6pm sharp, be at the club by 5.45. Note that if the weather is bad at Waimairi the contingency plan is to take the gear trailer over to Cass Bay, the trailer will leave at 6pm sharp so be at the club early to get the gear loaded if the wind is up.


Beginners ski taken by Mark C at 9am Saturday mornings, meet at the club.


Swim/ fitness training is taken on Wednesday evenings at the club from 6-7pm coached by Janice and Tarquin. All are welcome to these sessions.


Beach training is also on a Wednesday evening starting at 5pm, and is coached by Don.


As determined at the Okains Bay training weekend.

Okains Bay:

This weekend, gear loading is at the club on Thursday evening at 5pm, if you want gear taken over it is important you are there, or you organise someone else to load it for you to ensure it gets taken!

Preseason competition:

The next pre season carnival Waimairi will be attending as a club will be on the 22nd of November. There is a carnival running on the 8th of November, but this will clash with the training weekend at Okain’s Bay therefore anyone who wants to compete will have to get there own gear to the carnival.


Club Newsletter - September 2009

posted Mar 6, 2010, 2:51 PM by info Waimairi

Hi everyone,


Well done to the team who took part in the Canterbury pool champs held on the weekend! Waimairi did very well coming second overall out of twelve teams. A big thank-you to Cath Blackmore, Pania Laughton, Grant Stokes, Tarquin, and especially to Janice Murdoch for making the event run so smoothly.

Here are the final results:

New Brighton: 1290
Waimairi: 947
South Brighton: 852
Sumner: 691
Spencer Park: 307
Taylor’s Mistake: 299
Rarangi: 255

Especially well done to these competitors, outstanding work guys!
U12 Boys overall winner Jesse Hunter
U12 boys 3rd overall Declan Dempster
U14 boys overall winner Sam Blackmore
U16 boys 3rd equal overall Jake Laughton


7th and 8th November 2009
Cost: $50

Calling all Waimairi Senior Competitors!! In 2007 we held an extremely successful pre-season training weekend at O'Kains Bay for senior competitors.

If you are planning on competing in the 2009/2010 season then this is a must for you!!

The weekend is aimed at existing and new U16, U19 and Open competitors - canoe, ski, board. We will be looking at canoe crews combinations, ski and board training, fitness and beach events.

Refreshers will also be done for those who miss out on registration day.

We can take up to 40. At this stage the house has been booked for both the Fri and Sat nights, although people can come over on the Sat morning if that suits. The house sleeps 15 (beds allocated on first paid basis) and there is plenty of tent space.

The club will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday. The gear will all be transported over and there will be limited space available for a lift.

You need to provide your own bedding, tent, snacks, transport there and back.

No need to pay at this stage but please register your interest by emailing Michelle Moyle at or calling me on 3578997 or txt 021 2626981.

Let me know if you would be coming for 1 night or 2, and if you can help out in any way.


A message here from Craig Herring, all those who want to do their drivers this season need to make themselves known to Craig, ASAP. Training will be starting soon. Note you must be 16, or turning 16 this season to be eligible to sit your drivers.


Has anyone seen the VHF radios, and hand held walkie talkies? They have gone missing from the clubrooms, since the end of last season. Anyone who has any idea where they could possibly be please contact a member of the club committee ASAP, they are a indispensible asset to our patrols!


Race 1: Quail Island Classic;
11th October 2009
Events: Surf Ski, Multi sport kayak, Surf Boat, Canoe

Race 2: Apex Course;
18th October 2009
Events: Surf ski, Multi sport kayak, Surf Boat, Canoe, Board

Race 3: M Course;
8th November
Surf ski, Multi sport kayak, Surf boat, Canoe, Board

Race 4: Corsair Bay Circuit Course;
22nd November
Surf ski, Multi sport kayak, surf boat, Canoe, Board, Long distance open water swim.


11th and 18th October 2009-09-17 10.30am – 12noon
Waimairi Surf Club

18th October 2009
Waimairi Surf Club


The club has appointed the following coaches to run/organise/delegate the following disciplines:
Swim = Janice
Canoe = Greg
Beach = Don
Board = Mark R
Ski (U19) = Mark C
IRB = John Freeman; Craig Herring


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