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Mon, 28 Dec


Clutha River / Mata-Au

Clutha Classic 2020

This legendary race is a popular hit out before Kathmandu Coast to Coast. The Clutha Classic is 54km long. Competitors start in waves from the Eely Point in Wanaka, paddle across the lake and down the Clutha River to the finish line at Bendigo Reach.

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Clutha Classic 2020
Clutha Classic 2020

Time & Location

28 Dec 2020, 8:00 am

Clutha River / Mata-Au, Clutha River / Mata-Au, Otago, New Zealand

About the event


will be held on Monday 28th December

This is a legendary race that is a popular hit out before the Kathmandu Coast to Coast the Classic is 54km long. Competitors start in waves  from Eely Point in Wanaka, across the lake to the outlet and start of the Clutha River. Paddlers are then paddling the Clutha down through Albert Town, Luggate, passed the much anticipated Devil's Elbow and down to Bendigo Reach.

Registration 8am - 930am

Classic Race Briefing 9.45am

First Wave away 10.15am


The Sprint 39km is now a race in its own right it has now grown in numbers that we will run it as a separate race! a race inside a race!

Registration will be at race HQ at Eely Point  8am - 930am

Alberttown boat ramp carpark Boat and gear check for The Sprint opens at 9am - 10.30am

The Sprint race briefing 10.45am Which must be attended by all Sprint competitors! Start times will be in Waves depending on handicapping system. Start for first wave away will be approximately 11.15am

Compulsory Gear list

kayak helmet, Buoyancy aid, 20 litres in boat ( air bags or foam) or sealed hatches.Repair kit 9m duct tape minimum.

In a dry bag:

polypro top and bottom, hat wool or polypro

first aid kit

Windproof  jacket or paddle jacket worn or stored.

survival bag and whistle


A kayak Grade 2 certificate of proficiency is required for anyone entering in either race.

Boat checks and registration from 8am to 9.30am on the Wanaka lakefront opposite Dungarvon Street,

Race briefing for Classic Race 9.45am everyone must attend!

First wave starts 10.15am

2020 Edition Monday Dec 28th


  • Clutha Classic - SLMC Member

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  • Clutha Classic - Non-Member

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  • The Sprint - SLMC Member

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