2018 Matthewes Cup

Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:00 (GMT+13)

Event info
Sport: Paddling - kayak
Location: Corsair Bay, New Zealand
Registrations: 19
Registration closes: Sunday, December 16, 2018 09:45 (GMT+13)
Organized by: Arawa Canoe Club
Event website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768170213292928/
Event notes

The Matthewes Cup

The Matthewes Cup or Matthewes Challenge annual handicap style kayak race is run by the Arawa Canoe Club on Lyttelton Harbour. The Trophy is potentially the oldest Kayaking Title in New Zealand, and commemorates what was possibly the first ever formal canoe race in held in New Zealand in 1877!

Approx 8km Course - Around Quail Island. (Subject to Weather on the Day)
Handicap Race - All competitors have a chance at the title.
Surf Skis, Multisport boats and Sea Kayaks only.
Free Registration (online) - Donation entry fee on the day.
Race Briefing at 9.45am on the beach at Corsair Bay
Start/Finish (Weather depending) at Corsair Bay.

Race History:

In 1877, Fuch Ballach won a canoe race held on Lyttelton Harbour, paddling a craft owned by R.H. Matthewes (Yes this is the correct spelling). So the trophy is named after the winning boat owner, not the actual winner!

In the late 1960s, the descendants of the original winner donated the Matthewes Trophy to Arawa Canoe Club. It was decided, by the Club, to hold an annual race for the trophy on Lyttelton Harbour. Traditionally the race is held as a closed handicap race for all competitors. Therefore anyone racing had a chance of winning.
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