With the first two regional waterways down, it’s safe to say the competition in both the two-person and four-person categories is tight. Go to www.ufba.org.nz/events/reviews_results_list to view results of the Region 1 and Region 2 UFBA Waterway Challenges that were held in January.
The Four-Person Category
398.06 seconds was the overall time recorded by the Silverdale four-person team at the January 29th UFBA Region 1 Waterway Challenge. It’s the best time logged at a UFBA regional thus far, and the time South Island teams will be looking to beat as they head into their own regional events in February.
The Region 1 Challenge was held in conjunction with the North Island Waterways in Turangi and, although not eligible for the UFBA event, the Carterton A team came in an extremely close second in the North Island competition with a time of 398.37, beating its time of 415.64 that was enough for a win at the Region 2 waterways earlier in the month.
Only a fraction of a second separates the top two four-person teams of the North Island. Throw Havelock North (2nd place, Region 2), Heretaunga Rural (3rd Place, Region 2), Matamata (2nd Place, Region 1), and Te Aroha (3rd Place, Region 1) into the mix, and you’ve got one exciting National Waterway Challenge to look forward to at the end of February.
The Two-Person Category
At the Region 2 Waterway held in Carterton on January 15th, Feilding, Havelock North, and Wainuiomata two-person teams finished first equal with only 10 seconds separating them overall.
Two weeks later, Morrinsville won the two-person event at the Region 1 Challenge, followed by the second-place Tairua team, and the third place equal teams from Warkworth, Waipu, and Dargaville.
327.54, logged by Morrinsville in the Region 1 Waterway Challenge, is the best two-person time in a UFBA event so far. But Feilding topped that with 300.27 in the North Islands, shaving substantial time from their previous 454.18 second performance at the Region 2 event in Carterton.
Stay tuned for results from the Region 4 Waterways to be held in Oamaru on 5th February, the Region 3 Waterways to be held in Hokitika on 13th February, and the National Waterway Challenge taking place in Carterton from 24th to 26th February. Results are generally posted on the UFBA website on the Monday following the Challenges.
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