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Thanks for another great Day on Sunday.

The weather is what it is, we run with it, but the event is made so good by the organisers and all the work they do.

Many thanks and great to see the safety guys out there. My first BM and didn’t need to use them so a successful weekend for me.

See you in August,
Thanks Grant Boyd.

I forgot to say what a bloody good event the Brass Monkey was. Well organised and great fun.



What is the Brass Monkey?

The Yakima Brass Monkey Kayak Race series started over 30 years ago and is the major fundraiser for the White Water Canoe Club

The Yakima Brass Monkey Race Series has become one of the largest kayak race series in New Zealand and is run in the middle of the winter, hence its name. The race format is four races and takes part over two weekends one month apart. The prospective dates  for 2013 are:

  • Saturday 13th July 2013
  • Sunday 14th July 2013
  • Saturday 10th August 2013
  • Sunday 11th August 2013

This race format was adopted in 2012 and proved very successful with local competitors as well as from all over the South Island – and even a couple of North Islanders.

The race is run over a distance of approximately 12km on the Waimakariri river just to the north of Christchurch. The Waimakariri River is one of the South Island of New Zealand's largest braided rivers. The section that the race series is run on is Grade 2 and offers a great race experience for elite to novice paddlers. Many use the race as training for the legendary Coast to Coast multisport race



Welcome back Yakima!

The White Water Canoe Club is proud to welcome back Yakima as the naming sponsor for 2013's “Yakima Brass Monkey Kayak Race Series”

If you haven't heard of them, have a look at and the associated site

Not only have Yakima agreed to be the naming sponsor for the series they are also putting up some excellent spot prizes for the series. David from Yakima will be joining us for all the races so feel free to approach him and have a chat with him about their products. We are looking forward to once again having Yakima as our sponsor to the series.


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