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Tue, 28 Dec


Clutha River / Mata-Au

Clutha Classic 2021

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Clutha Classic 2021
Clutha Classic 2021

Time & Location

28 Dec 2021, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

About the event


will be held on Tuesday 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

2021 Edition Tuesday Dec 28th


  • Clutha Classic Entry

    54km Kayak Race

  • The Sprint Entry

    39km Kayak Race - Albert Town to Bendigo

  • Clutha Classic - Double Kayak

  • The Sprint - Double Kayak




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