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 www.whitewater.org.nz
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 2014 are:
- Sunday 13th July 2014
- Saturday 9th August 2014
- Sunday 10th August 2014
Please note: Race weekend from June is now postponed due to high river flows. 1st race is 12th July.
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 www.coasttocoast.co.nz