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Our National Body, Waka Ama NZ  sanctions the Takapuna Beach Cup. The Event’s rules and regulations work in conjunction with the Waka Ama Official Race Rules. If there are any discrepancies the Event’s rules and regulations will overrule that of Waka Ama NZ

Link to Waka Ama Race Rules 


WANZ Paddler ID (NZ Paddlers Only)


The Takapuna Beach Cup is sanctioned by Waka Ama NZ. As part of our sanctioning agreement we may only accept entires from members of clubs affiliated to Waka Ama NZ. To enter and compete in our Event you must have a Waka Ama Paddler ID number.


Age Restriction


This is a long distance race; all paddlers must be 16 years of age or be turning 16 within the calendar year of the Event.

Any team found to have under aged paddlers racing in their crew will be disqualified immediately and the club will be banned from competing in the Event for 1 year.



Open Men, Women &  Mixed - 16 or be turning 16 within the calendar year of the Event.

Master Men, Women &  Mixed - 40 years & over in calendar year of competition.

Senior Master Men, Women & Mixed - 50 years & over in calendar year of competition.

Golden Master Men, Women & Mixed - 60 years & over in calendar year of competition.

There needs to be a minimum entry of three (3) crews to make a division.

Please note that if there are insufficient entries in any category your team will automatically be relegated to the next age division.




Men’s crew - 9 Male paddlers only.

Women’s crew - 10 Female paddlers only.

Mixed crews – 10 Paddlers with a maximum of 5 Male paddlers.

Crews may have paddlers from mixed clubs, provided all New Zealand paddlers are registered members of NKOA and all International paddlers have approved international insurance.

No replacement of original paddlers is permitted once racing has commenced.

In addition all paddlers must be able to do the following

  • Be able to swim unaided for minimum of 50 metres
  • Be fit enough and competent enough to compete and finish the race
  • Be competent in righting and bailing an overturned or swamped craft
  • Have sufficient nutritional liquids for the duration of the race




First place will be eligible for prize money, provided there is a minimum of 5 crews in that division.

Medals will be presented to all 1st, 2nd & 3rd places provided there is a minimum of 3 crews in that division.

The Ken Gilbert Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the first Master Men’s crew.

The Tukiata Trophy will be awarded to the first Master Women's crew.

The Peretu Trophy will be awarded to the first Senior Master Men's crew.




All Canoes (including rigging, iako, ama, hull shape) must meet current NKOA requirements. 

Canoe numbers will be issued at registration and must be prominent and readable on the bow of canoes.

Spray Skirts on the canoe is mandatory. NKOA standard tow ropes (12mm rope 20/25metres in length) must be fixed to front iako. Each team must be proficient in the procedure of rigging and towing their canoe.

Items required to be on board your canoe.


1x Canoe number displayed on the bow

1x Spray Skirt

1x MSA Approved Flare

6x MSA Approved Life Jackets

2x Spare Paddles

2x Spare lashings

1x Tow rope

2x Bailers


Paddles must be single bladed and may otherwise be of any shape and material.

The Takapuna Beach Cup Race Committee shall have the final decision on approving or disapproving any equipment or canoe.


Waiver form


All paddlers are required to sign a Waiver form before each race they complete in. Please ensure each crew member signs the waiver form. No crew will be allow to race until we have the fully signed waiver form. If we find that any information on the Waiver form has been falsified, the crew will be disqualified immediately. 


Race Briefing


Crews must send a minimum of 2 paddlers to attend the race briefing prior to the race. A Paddler from each crew will be required to sign an attendance register. Your crew will not be able to start the race if your name is not signed on the attendance register.


Safety Checks


Prior to the race all canoes will undergo a safety check by a Race Official. Please ensure your canoe has been checked before the race, any canoe not checked will not be able to race.


Start Procedure


All paddlers who are not in the starting six will need to board their support craft 15 Mins before race start.

Marathon Race canoes will line up on the waters edge or between designated buoys, dependent on weather conditions. Steerers will stand beside their Canoe until the Race start, Flag & Horn if it's a beach start, otherwise it will be a normal deep water start.

5 minute warning of start will be announced and a Red Flag will indicate approximately 1 minute before start. Green Flag indicates racing can commence. The flag times are a maximum and may be reduced at the Race Director’s discretion. Start will be upon raising of the Green Flag and blast of horn.

Any crew over the line or steerer not standing beside their Canoe when the race commences may be disqualified or subject to time penalty at the Race Director’s discretion.




First Changeover point for canoes will be after passing a designated Course Buoy on the far side of the Shipping Channel. Further changes will be at the discretion of the teams. All changeovers must be made from the water i.e. No support boat within 20m of any canoe at anytime other than in the case of an emergency.


The Course


Once the race starts, canoes will head East passing to the left of the Start Buoy (located 50m from the start line on the far right), following the lead boat to the designated Course marker buoy. Canoes will head east following the lead boat to designated Course marker buoy. Canoes must round the designated buoy clockwise and head towards the Southern end of Rangitoto Island. First Crew change can be made anytime after passing the designated marker Buoy for this purpose. Crews will carry on anticlockwise around both Rangitoto and Rakino Islands & back to Takapuna BeachFailure to comply with the directions of any Safety Official will result in immediate disqualification. Course direction may be changed due to weather conditions.

The finish line will be a dry finish on Takapuna Beach of which 1 Crew Member must cross the finish line. Any crew not following the designated course may be disqualified or subject to a time penalty at the Race Director’s discretion.

There will be an alternate course if the Coast Guard rules unsafe conditions. Final Course will be determined on the Friday and will be outlined at the race briefing that evening and again on Saturday.




Protests must be lodged in writing with a $50 non-refundable fee to the Race Committee no more than 15 minutes after finishing the race.





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