2021 Matthewes Cup

Sunday, April 18, 2021 09:30 (GMT+13)

Event info
Sport: Paddling - kayak
Location: Corsair Bay, New Zealand
Registrations: 17
Registration closes: Saturday, April 17, 2021 12:00 (GMT+13)
Organized by: Arawa Canoe Club
Event website: https://www.arawa.org.nz
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. Must have airbags, or sealed buoyancy compartments.
Free Registration (online) - Donation entry fee on the day.
Register on arrival between 10.00-10.15am
Race Briefing at 11.20am on the beach at Corsair Bay
Start/Finish (Weather depending) at Corsair Bay.

You must have airbags and buoyancy aides to race on the harbour.

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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