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Waimari – The History Makers!

posted Feb 21, 2011, 10:06 AM by info Waimairi   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 2:23 PM ]

Last weekend - 19 - 20 Feb - Waimairi SLSC made history, taking out the inaugural South Island Surf Lifesaving Championship. This event was formally the Canterbury Championships, but this year for the first time, it was opened up to the whole South Island.  Rightfully, Waimairi’s name will now be the very first name on the new cup – a fine piece of silverware that it is.

Waimairi has always been a top three Canterbury Club, but this year the team dug deep to take out longstanding champions South Brighton by one point. Guts and hard core effort were the markers of the 2011 Waimairi team, and in this competition, every member can be proud that they took a share of the load to bring the silverware home.

This victory was a continuation of a fine effort by our Juniors last weekend at Warrington Beach, where St Clair narrowly beat them into second place by 3 points in the Southern Ocean Athlete Carnival.

This combined effort puts Waimairi at the top of the South Island club standings.

All eyes now to the New Zealand National Championships at New Brighton 10th - 13th March

Awesome effort Waimairi!

Surf League 23rd Jan

posted Jan 18, 2011, 6:04 PM by info Waimairi

Reminder!! Club Surf League at New Brighton. Come down and support the team

Waimairi SLSC Cook Strait Canoe Crossing 9th May 2010

posted May 16, 2010, 3:21 PM by info Waimairi   [ updated May 16, 2010, 3:29 PM ]

The date of Friday 7th of May is now history, as the day 10 intrepid Waimairi adventurers set out on a well researched & planned mission to be the first team to cross the Cook Strait by surf canoe.

The team consisted of Captain Steve Glue, First Mate Greg Bevin & crew of Dave, Don, Caitlin, Chelsea, Lorna, Ian, Wendy & Phil. After travelling from ChCh all arrived in Waikawa (Picton) late afternoon and hit their bunks early in preparation for whatever tomorrow may bring.

More photos of the intrepid adventure can be viewed here

Saturday 8th May
    Up early for breakfast and down to the marina to meet Shirley & Gordon Riach, (Wendys mother & brother) who kindly donated their time & launch “Toanui” (ex Stewart Island fishing vessel) to be our support vessel for today’s trip up the coast of Arapara Island to the head of Tory Channel. This was to be a paddle of approx 25 kms. We were accompanied by seals & dolphins, and also encountered 2 Inter-island ferries which believe me are enormous when seen from sea level. Many thanks go to Shirley for supplying us with HOT savories on this paddle, it was to be the first of many firsts on this trip!  After approx 5 hrs of paddling we arrived at Whekenui Bay, ( our destination for the night. We were privileged to be guests of the Radon family who farm over 900 acres here, our accommodation was to be in “Gunyah House” (look it up on the internet) which was the original homestead of the Parano family who were the last to run the whaling station here until it closed in 1964. For anyone who has ever been here enough said, for those that haven’t it is a must see. Built on the headland facing the entrance to Tory channel it is about 300mtrs up the hill & looks straight out into Cook Straight. We arrived here at approx 3.00pm & after about an hour of Oooohing & Ahhhhing at our good fortune to be staying here, most set off to explore the ruins & history of the whaling station (Don & Phil decided to stay & oooooh & ahhhh some more). That night we invited our hosts Mike & Antonia Radon & our support crew for tomorrow Mike & Donna Baker to join us for dinner. Great night, they enlightened us with the history of the area plus we fine tuned the plan for tomorrows assault on the strait.

Sunday 9th May (crossing day)
    Captain Glue had us up at 5.00am for a 7.00am departure, which we would have achieved easily if certain members of our crew could have organized themselves, needless to say the male members of the crew were all on time!! Still, we managed a 7.11am departure, not bad. The 2 crews headed into the unknown followed by Soundz Image which is a 60ft salvage vessel. Even if we had unlimited finances (which we didn’t) we could not have found a better crew nor vessel for this trip, a very special vessel crewed by very special people who only charged us a fraction of the commercial rate they usually charge, unbelievable. So out into the Cook Straight we went, our track took us out the Tory channel entrance, then up the coast for approx 1 hour then it was hard right & into the Strait.  The weather gods were on our side as we had a calm day with little wind, still we had to deal with a .5 – 1mtr swell & a northerly running current, piece of p… for our now experienced long distance paddlers!
The plan called for a crew change of 2 paddlers every hour & this was achieved by the support vessel heaving to & the canoe paddling up to the stern, crew member jumping off & replacement crew jumping onboard while the other 3 remaining crew tried to lift the level of Cook Strait by approx half a litre each, quite a sight I assure you. After about 3 hrs our GPS tells us we are passing the half way point, a little eerie as due to calm conditions & low cloud we could not see either island so it’s paddle, paddle, paddle. Almost 4 hrs into the paddle Chelsea pipes up all excited (not unusual for Chelsea) to say she had seen a massive water spout up ahead. All eyes trained forward to make out a giant black lump about 1 km ahead. “There she blows” was the call & Steve, Dave, Phil & Chelsea all find renewed energy and paddle their hearts out to catch up with the whale. Not to be though, as after about 2 mins the mother ship spies the whale & our 3 man, 1 woman, paddle power was no match for her 650 hp. Don & Greg had their own very personal whale watching adventure until the whale decided to head for the deep approx 350mtrs below. Finally after 5 _ hrs paddling we hit the beach at Makra on the coast of the North Island. Yeeeehah, high 5’s & hugs all round. Then it was load the canoes on the deck of the mother ship & full speed back to Picton which took us 90mins.! Then it was a case of hot showers all round and party, party, party. Mike & Donna turned up with the gear we had left onboard & joined us for a BBQ dinner, with energy levels starting to flag the party was wound up at 8.30pm & most were in bed by 10.30 (do you believe that.!)

Monday 10th May
    We were allowed to sleep in till 7.00am then up & finish off all the left overs for breakfast, load up trailers & vans and off to ChCh stopping at Kaikoura for lunch, most of the trip was spent recounting the experience of a lifetime and contemplating the meaning of the universe, then back to reality at Waimairi, unload, sort gear and head home to recount the adventure to all & sundry.
    The end of one very successful crossing of Cook Strait. For those that went, an unbelievable, never to be repeated experience and as has been said earlier there were many firsts, a few are listed below, but before that, all the crew would like to acknowledge the following for their support:
  • The club for allowing us to use the gear,
  • Steve Glue & Greg Bevin for organizing such an awesome experience,
  • The Riach family for allowing us to use their vessel for our Saturday support vessel,
  • Mike & Donna Baker for agreeing to be our awesome mother ship for the crossing,
  • The Radon family for their hospitality at Gunyah House.
Trip Firsts:
  •     First official Cook Straight crossing under own power by Waimairi SLSC members.
  •     First Cook Straight crossing by surf canoe.
  •     First club overnight at Gunyah house.
  •     First surf canoe to paddle length of Tory Channel
  •     First surf canoe loaded at sea.
  •     First surf canoe to travel as deck cargo.
  •     First hot savories to be served at sea to canoe crew.
  •     First time canoe crews in bed by 9.00pm
  •     First time for bum blisters for new paddlers.
  •     First & last time Don will drink Tui, this is a good thing as we all found out next day.!!
  •     First time Chelsea, Lorna & Caitlin were up & packed on time (only once)

Canterbury Championships 20-21 February

posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:08 PM by info Waimairi   [ updated Mar 6, 2010, 3:47 PM ]

2010 NZCT Surf Life Saving Canterbury Championships
New Brighton Beach 20-21 February

After several years of disruptive conditions this years Canterbury Championships started with perfect conditions of a warm sunny day and a 1-2 foot wave. These conditions were short lived as the trusty New Brighton easterly arrived on schedule at 10am providing windy onshore choppy conditions for the rest of the day.

Sunday finally saw summer arrive in Christchurch providing brilliant conditions with a small offshore breeze keeping the surf clean for the majority of the day.

Notice to all Patrol Captains

posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:05 PM by info Waimairi   [ updated Mar 6, 2010, 3:15 PM ]

Just a few gentle reminders to you regarding your responsibilities as Patrol Captain.

It is your job to organise and supply an “A” patrol for your respective patrol times. For most, this starts on the Wednesday before your Patrol by YOU ringing around your patrol to confirm their availability for the weekend. If you are unavailable, it is your job to organise a replacement and also to let me know.

During Patrol, there are some things that must happen if we are to reclaim our standing as No.1 Patrolling club.

Log-on and set-up ON TIME.
  • Make sure everybody on your patrol know each other, rookies included.
  • Be prepared for patrol inspection from log-on time, this means having the right patrollers organised for the various disciplines before inspections.
  • On patrol means keeping an eye on the beach and water. Socialising is fine as long as we are scanning as well.
  • Cell phones NOT to be used on patrol deck except during an emergency.
  • Patrollers on the water should wear patrol rash vests.
  • When patrol not busy get some housekeeping done. (i.e. vacum committee room, wash windows, sweep out gearshed)
  • At end of patrol day it is your responsibility to ensure we have logged off correctly, patrol sheet filled out and stored correctly, same for IRB log, All patrol gear and surf gear taken down and stored correctly. Radios off and mobiles oncharge.
  • Club left clean and tidy, which includes removing rubbish from patrol desk and kitchen (drop into council bin in carpark) sweeping out clubroom and changing rooms. Tidy up of kitchen (includes washing, drying and putting away dishes, cups etc,) Hotwater urn switched off.
  • All windows and doors locked.
  • Ensure you have signed off Rookie assessment form if required.

I’m sure you would agree most is just common sense, so lets aim for that Patrol award again this season.

Phil Watkins
Patrol Officer.

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