Andy Mowlem and Rachel Clarke crowned at the Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour

April 23, 2018

The Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour were crowned in Auckland on Saturday with Andy Mowlem claiming the Men's title with a commanding performance and Rachel Clarke taking her 6th consecutive New Zealand National Championship title by again winning the Women’s.

ANDY MOWLEM WINNING THE VAIKOBI KING AND QUEEN OF THE HARBOUR

RACHEL CLARKE POWERING PAST DEVONPORT

Saturday morning dawned with nice bright sunny conditions with a gentle westerly blowing over the City of Sails in Auckland. 

With the forecast showing a 15-18 knot westerly to build during the day, Race Director Garth Spencer set the “Hobsonville Humdinger” race course, aptly named due to the fantastic running conditions experienced when paddling down the Waitemata Harbour in a westerly.

As we got closer to start time, the wind kept building nicely and the sun made way for some light showers and overcast conditions further increasing the excitement amongst  competitors.

 

RACE START

This year saw 88 Ocean skis and 11 SUPs take on the 23kilometre long course, whilst there were 6 Ocean ski’s and 1 SUP take on the 11km short loop course out of Takapuna.

The pace out of the start was frenetic with young Kayak Sprinters Jordan Mclarin and Quaid Thomson blasting out of the blocks in an attempt to blow away the more seasoned ocean ski paddlers. They had quite a bit of success in breaking up the field with a clear group of 7 paddlers forming the lead pack after the first ten minutes of racing.

RACE FIELD

Andy Mowlem managed to survive the fast early pace to then make his first move in the technical conditions and take a 5 boat length lead from Jordan Mclarin and the foxy Race Director, Garth Spencer in a solid 3rd place.

JORDAN MCLARIN

As the field started to enjoy the fast running conditions down the harbour, Andy Mowlem put his head down to stretch his lead out to 50 metres by the Stanley Point mark over Jordan Mclarin, who was paddling a fantastic race in a solid 2nd. Another 80 metres back was Garth Spencer who was working hard to keep himself in touch with the leaders.

Once the field turned left at North Head, they were confronted with a 15-18 knot headwind all the way back to Takapuna Beach. Competitors were faced with the decision of staying closer to shore to get less headwind, or deciding to head offshore into more favourable current. 

From North Head, Andy Mowlem extended his lead further whilst behind him, Garth Spencer closed the gap on Jordan Mclarin to eventually pass him in the last 2 kilometres of the race.

RACE DIRECTOR AND 2nd PLACE MENS SKI, GARTH SPENCER

At the beach in Takapuna, Andy powered home to claim an emphatic 2 minute and 7 second victory over the fast finishing Garth Spencer in 2nd.  Jordan Mclarin showed his future potential to finish a fantastic 3rd place in the all class Kiwi field.

TOP 3 MENS OCEAN SKI

In the Women’s Ski, Rachel Clarke from the Shaw and Partners Race Team, claimed her 6th NZ National title in style with a big win over the evergreen Dene Simpson and co event director Danika Mowlem in 3rd.

TOP 3 WOMENS- OCEAN SKI

In the Doubles, Oskar Stielau and Robbie Ford scored a big win over Gavin Clark and Glenn Grey in 2nd and Anton Reiman and Len Beer in 3rd.

DOUBLE WINNERS- OSKAR STIELAU AND ROBBIE FORD

Whilst the SUP field was small this year due to a clash with the Carolina Cup, the level at the front was still amazing with James Reeves from Kawau Downwinders claiming a 2 minute and 5 second win over Matt Anderson and Jan Dunlop. 2016 SUP World Champion, Penelope Strickland dominated the womens to finish 4th overall.

TOP 3 MENS SUP- WINNER JAMES REEVES ON FAR LEFT 

TOP 3 WOMENS SUP

The Vaikobi King and Queen of the Harbour continues to grow from strength to strength with a strong community of volunteers all combining to put together this great event each year. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to Auckland in 2019!

Full results can be viewed  HERE

To view Pre and post race interview and replays of the FB live feed, go to the King and Queen of the Harbour facebook page HERE

2018 VAIKOBI KING AND QUEEN OF THE HARBOUR

TOP 10 MENS- OCEAN SKI

1. ANDY MOWLEM-  ROYAL AKARANA PADDLERS- NEW ZEALAND

2. GARTH SPENCER-  ROYAL AKARANA PADDLERS- NEW ZEALAND

3. JORDAN MCLARIN-  WCMC- NEW ZEALAND

4. SIMON LONGDILL- ROYAL AKARANA PADDLERS- NEW ZEALAND

5. TOBIAS BROOK-  WHANGANUI KAYAK CLUB- NEW ZEALAND

6. TODD BORLAND- WOLLONGONG PADDLERS- AUSTRALIA

7. HADYN LOCKIE- TASMAN BAY- NEW ZEALAND

8. LEOPOLD TEPA- HUAHINE SURFSKI- TAIHITI

9. QUAID THOMPSON- POVERTY BAY- NEW ZEALAND

10. JEREMY KUGGELEIJN- ROYAL AKARANA PADDLERS- NEW ZEALAND 

 

TOP 3 WOMENS- OCEAN SKI

1. RACHEL CLARKE- TAKAPUNA BOAT CLUB- NEW ZEALAND

2. DENE SIMPSON- TAKA PUNA BOAT CLUB- NEW ZEALAND

3. DANIKA MOWLEM- NEW ZEALAND

 

TOP 3 DOUBLES- OCEAN SKI

1. OSKAR STIELAU/ ROBBIE FORD

2. GAVIN CLARK/ GLEN GREY

3. ANTON REIMAN/ LEN BEER

 

TOP 3 SUP MENS

1. JAMES REEVES

2. MATT ANDERSON

3. JAN DUNLOP

TOP 3 SUP WOMENS

1. PENELOPE STRICKLAND

2. ANGELA MCKEE

3. HEATHER NICCOLLS

 

SHORT COURSE TOP 3

1. ANDREW STEVENS

2. NENNI DISSE

3. THOMAS FRITZEN

 

 

 

 





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UNISEX / MENS - METRIC SIZES

Size HEIGHT (CM) WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM) HIPS (CM)
XXS   161 167  54 58 76 81 62 66 78 82
XS   165 172  56 63 82 87 66 70 82 89
S   169  176  61 68 88 96 71 76 90 96
M   174 181  66 73 97 104 77 85 97 102
L   178  185  76 85 106 114 86 95 103 108
XL   183  190  86 95 116 122 96 105 109 115
XXL   187  194  96 105 124 132 106 114 116 122

UNISEX / MENS - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size HEIGHT (Feet + Inches) WEIGHT (Pounds) CHEST (Inches) WAIST (Inches) HIPS (Inches)
XXS   5'3"  5'6"  119 128 30 32 24.5 26 30.5 32.5
XS   5'5"  5'8"  123 139 32 34.5 26 27.5 32.5 35
S   5'7"  5'9"  135 150 34.5 38 28 30 35.5 38
M   5'9"  5'11"  146 161 38 41 30 33.5 38 40
L 5'10"  6'8"  168 187 41.5 45 34 37.5 40.5 42.5
XL 6'  6'3"  190 209 45.5 48 38 41.5 43 45.5
XXL 6'2"  6'4"  121 232 49 52 41.5 55 45.5 48

YOUTH - METRIC SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (CM)

WEIGHT (KG) CHEST (CM) WAIST (CM)     HIPS     (CM)
Y-S 132 139 30 34 60 65 56 61 68 72
Y-M 140 148  33 39 65 71 61 68 72 78
Y-L 147 155  40 47 70 76 67 73 77 84
Y-XL 152 162 47 54 75 82 72 79 83 89

 

YOUTH - IMPERIAL SIZES

Size

HEIGHT (IN)

WEIGHT (LB) CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

    HIPS     (IN)
Y-S 4'3" 4'8" 66 75 24 26 24 26 27 28
Y-M

4'5"

4'8"  73 86 26 28 26 28 28 31
Y-L

4'8"

5'  88 104 28 30 28 30 30 33
Y-XL 5' 5'4" 104 119 30 32 30 32 33 35

Fit Tips

If one of your body measurements is in between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. If your body measurements for hips and waist correspond to two different suggested sizes, order the one indicated by your hip measurement.

How To Measure

WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part (typically where your body bends side to side), keeping the tape horizontal.
HIPS: Measure around the widest part of your hips, keeping the tape horizontal.
CHEST: Measure the fullest area of your chest. Stand up straight and breath normally.

 

 

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