Second win to North Beach surf boat crew
5th November 2015
Christchurch rowers post fastest time in Pub to Club event
The North Beach Beavers crew, competing in the Open Men's division, turned in the fastest time for the 16km row from Puhoi to Red Beach.
For the second consecutive year the North Beach Beavers crew from Christchurch has won the annual Pub to Club event.
Whangamata took out the U23 men's division of the race, heading off the Red Beach Pirates crew.
Seven crews began the race at Puhoi and rowed the 16km course down the Puhoi River and across the ocean to Red Beach. Two Red Beach crews took part in the event which was again sponsored by Bryan & Pat Heron of The Flying Herons.
Calm, sunny conditions prevailed for the stretch of ocean from Wenderholm to Red Beach. In last year's race, strong winds forced the organisers to finish the race at the Wenderholm jetty because of wind gusts reaching 40 knots. Rowing the course from Wenderholm to Red Beach was out of the question.
Open Men: North Beach Beavers (1:31.20) 1, Red Beach Boomers (1:32.59) 2, Omanu Masters (1:40.50) 3.
U23 Men: Whangamata (1:35.47) 1, Red Beach Pirates (1:38.40) 2.
Open Women: North Beach Pipettes (1:50.20) 1.
U19 Women: Piha (2:30.20) 1.
Shane 'Bugsy' O'Halloran sweeping the Red Beach Boomers crew in the Open Men's division.
Whangamata's U23 crew heads down the Puhoi River.
The North Beach Pipettes crew from Christchurch in the Open Women's division.
Red Beach's U23 Pirates crew at the start of the race on the Puhoi River.
The Omanu Masters crew.
The Piha U19 women's crew on the Puhoi River. Photos by Ross Malyon.
Pub to Club event coming up
26th October 2015
Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge this Saturday
Up to fifteen surf boats are expected to ply the Puhoi River in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 31 October.
The event, with Bryan & Pat Heron of The Flying Herons as the primary sponsor, will be raced from the Puhoi Pub to Red Beach, a distance of around 16km.
The race is open to all surf boat crews, male and female, with cash and spot prizes up for grabs in all age divisions. The course is along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach. The row is expected to take from 85-110 minutes to complete.
Crews from outside Auckland that have signified their intentions to compete are North Beach from Canterbury with two crews, the Omanu Masters and a Whangamata U23 crew.
Registrations and the briefing take place at the Puhoi River car park at 9.30 am and the first boat will get away at 10.30 am with 2-minute intervals between boats. The entry fee is $50.00 per crew which includes the after-race BBQ at the Red Beach clubrooms.
Contact Craig Dillon at 021 829 632 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Beach surf boat crew wins shortened Puhoi race
16th November 2014
Fifteen crews row the Puhoi River to Wenderholm
A North Beach open men’s surf boat crew claimed the fastest time in the recent Pub to Club surf boat challenge.
It was the first time that the Christchurch-based club has taken part in the event. Two crews from North Beach – the other an open women’s crew – flew to Auckland to participate. The women’s crew rowed in a Clymer boat which is permanently stationed in Auckland while the men’s crew borrowed a Red Beach boat.
Fifteen crews took part in the event which was sponsored by Bryan & Pat Heron of The Flying Herons.
Strong winds forced the organisers to shorten the distance, normally 16km from Puhoi to Red Beach. The ‘cut-in-half’ course finished at the Wenderholm jetty, giving crews just 8km of rowing. On the approach to Wenderholm, wind gusts of 40 knots were encountered. Rowing the open stretch of water from Wenderholm to Red Beach was out of the question. One crew was seen to surf a wave from the finish line to the boat launch ramp.
Open Men: North Beach Beavers (36.52) 1, Whangamata (37.17) 2, Red Beach Boomers (37.24) 3, Mairangi Bay Mad Dogs (38.17) 4, Mairangi Bay Muds (38.28) 5, Muriwai Muppets 6.
Open Women: Red Beach Sirens (38.45) 1, Muriwai Cats (40.06) 2, North Beach Black Bettys (40.19) 3, Bethells Beach Barracudas (41.15) 4, Whangamata (42.15) 5.
U23 Women: Muriwai Muzzies (39.19) 1, Muriwai Muscle (46.31) 2.
U19 Men: Red Beach Doom Squad (39.08) 1.
U19 Women: Piha Peaches (52.45) 1.
The North Beach Beavers boat crew in the open men's division recorded the overall fastest time in the 8km journey from Puhoi to Wenderholm.
The Red Beach Sirens crew, swept by Gordon Williams, finished first in the open women's division.
Pub to Club Event : 2013
12th November 2013
Surf boat rowers meet with ideal conditions in the 16km row from Puhoi to Red Beach
For the fifth consecutive year a Piha crew has taken out the Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The event, with The Flying Herons as the primary sponsor, was held on Saturday 9 November. Mark ‘Horse’ Bourneville swept the Piha A crew to a win in a time of 1 hr 25:30.
The course was along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach. A total of 16 crews - male and female - took part in the annual event with boats being started at 2-minute intervals.
The Red Beach Sirens crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Madison Smith, Ashleigh Jenkins and Kelly Andrew, with Craig Dillon as sweep, was the first women’s crew to finish the race.
Pub to Club Results:
Open Men: Piha A (1:25.30) 1, Red Beach Boomers (1:28.55) 2, Piha U23 (1:30.40) 3, Muriwai Mongols (1:31.25) 4, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:32.49) 5, Mairangi Muds (1:35.00) 6, Mairangi Mature Shavers (1:37.14) 7, Orewa Masters (1:50.56).
U23 Men: Piha U23 (1:30.40) 1, Waihi Beach U23 (1:33.05) 2, Orewa Seamen (1:47.06) 3.
Open Women: Red Beach Sirens (1:37.50) 1, Piha Black Pearls (1:50.52) 2, Bethells Baracudas (1:51.24) 3, Muriwai Chicas (1:51.47) 4.
U23 Women: Muriwai Muzzies (1:45.37)) 1, Piha Coladas (1:50.48).
Surf boats being launched onto the Puhoi River at the start of the 2013 event.
Pub to Club : 2012 Results
14th October 2012
Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge, Saturday 6th October 2012
Open Men: Piha A (1:31.46) 1, Piha Boomers (1:36.06) 2, Mairangi Men (1:41.06) 3.
U23 Men: Piha Pistols (1:34.44) 1, Piha Pirates (1:35.58) 2, Waihi Beach (1:42.39) 3, Sunset Beach (1:47.42) 4.
Open Women: Mairangi Magic (1:46.43) 1, Red Beach Sirens (1:59.08) 2, Bethells Barracudas (2:10.43) 3.
U21 Women: Muriwai Muzzies (2.04.41) 1.
Pub to Club : 2011 Results
14th November 2011
Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge, Saturday 12th November 2011
Open Men: Piha A (1:23.22) 1, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:26.02) 2, Muriwai (1:27.10) 3, Piha Boomers (1:27.42) 4, Orewa (1:31.19) 5.
U23 Men: Piha Pirates (1:27.36) 1, Piha Pistols (1:30.35) 2.
U19 Men: Waihi (1:38.39) 1, Piha Chargers (1:41.39) 2.
Open Women: Mairangi Magic (1:30.09) 1, Red Beach Sirens (1:36.11) 2, Piha Pussycats (1:40.23) 3, Red Beach Rowbots (1:50.13) 4.
U21 Women: Piha Coladas (1:38.52) 1, Muriwai Ladies (1.51.00) 2.