Kia Orana and Welcome to Vaka Eiva 2014 – The Eleventh Event!
21st to 28th November 2014
From small beginnings in 2004 for the inaugural Vaka Eiva and after the hugely successful Tenth Event in 2013, The Cook Islands Canoeing Association is delighted to welcome you all to Vaka Eiva 2014.
The OC1/V1 Irons will kick off the weeks racing on Saturday 22nd with the whole week building up to the main events on Thursday and Friday for the Round Raro Relay Races. The programme will see a slight change this year with the adult sprints returning to Monday the 24th, where you’ll see the adults having some fun at stunning Muri lagoon during our 'just under 500m sprints' (due to a rougue coral head at around 470m!!!) together with some fun and games including the world famous ‘pop the ama’ competition. Then on Tuesday 25th of November it’s the Juniors turn to have some fun! The U14s and U16's will have their very own regatta within a regatta dedicated to our paddlers of the future. They will compete in V6 sprints and longer lagoon races as well as teams top singles paddlers competing in V1 sprints. The U19's will join them for the sprints. Crews then get serious (well most!) on Wed 26th for the V6 Avana Iron challenge. The Bob Worthington Memorial Trophy Mixed Round Raro will take centre stage on Thursday 27th November - with the Women’s Round Raro ‘Pacific Paddle’ relay race and the Men’s Round Raro ‘Pacific Cup’ relay race on Friday 28th November 2014.
As usual there will plenty happening off the water with cultural activities to entertain first time visitors as well as those who have returned time and time again - we know this is why you love coming back! Traditional canoe carving, Go Local Trade Day, Trips on the Marumaru Atua Sailing Vaka, Drumming and Dance Performances. We’re known for our competitive paddling at the highest level with more laid-back “fun in the sun” events served up with the inimitable Cook Islands hospitality - a paddling festival with something for everyone. Bring the family to enjoy the ride!
After a wonderful week in Rarotonga, you can head over to Aitutaki for the popular Motu to Motu race – this truly is Paddling in Paradise!
As always, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors for their generous support over the years. Quite simply the event could not happen without their support, and it is with their help that this little island is able to host this huge event!
CICA would also like to extend our thanks to our Premier Business Partner Cook Islands Tourism Corporation for their on-going support of Vaka Eiva.
The paddling community as well as the wider Cook Island Community is looking forward to welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones for our Eleventh Event!
Kia orana e kia manuia!