The gruelling University race saw five teams paddle five kilometres from Takapuna Beach to Rangitoto Island. Four of the six team members ran a return eight kilometres to the summit before paddling back to Takapuna Beach.
After landing on Rangitoto Island in third place, the Engineering crew was neck and neck with the Science and Law teams on the summit run. Science reached the summit first but had separated along the track, while Engineering and Law both managed to stay together.
Director of Sport, Louis Rattray, comments on the close competition between the teams. “It was great to see a hard fought race between the Engineering, Science and Law faculties. Engineering, however, deserved the win with an impressive homeward paddle. I know they will do the University proud when they compete in Hawaii in September.”
Finishing the race in just over one hour and 42 minutes, the Engineering crew led second-placed Science by only two minutes, with Law and Ngā Tauira Māori also finishing within six minutes of the winning time. Education and Social work took fifth spot after a tough race and an unfortunate capsize on the paddle home.
The Engineering crew now has six months to prepare for their next test – an 18-mile open-water paddle against crews from around the world in Kona, Hawaii.