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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:

  • Saturday 12th July 2014

  • 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

Welcome back Yakima!

The White Water Canoe Club is proud to welcome back Yakima as the naming sponsor for 2014's “Yakima Brass Monkey Kayak Race Series”

If you haven't heard of them, have a look at www.yakima.co.nz and the associated site www.whispbar.co.nz

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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