Abel Tasman Welcomes Teams
Wednesday 6th April 2016
For the leading teams the next few hours is all about the Abel Tasman National Park. Either in the form of biking, via the Rameka Track, or enjoying what is one of the most scenic sea kayaks in the world. Torpedo 7 have a clear advantage over their rivals and will enjoy their journey home. For Bivouac-inov8 and American/Australian team Adventure Medical Kits it will be a lot more stressful. They entered the final transition virtually neck and neck and will dual their way to the finish, with just the small task of a 34km kayak ahead of them. The checkpoints shouldn’t cause too many problems navigation-wise in daylight. It may come down to which team is prepared to push the hardest – not the easiest way to finish a race after over 110hrs of solid racing. With Next Generation close behind them it will be a speedy paddle for all regardless of the outcome.
For the teams behind them it will be a case of paddling the Abel Tasman coastline in the dark, making sure they don’t miss any of the 4 checkpoints that are placed on various islands and in sandy bays.
Further back, teams are coming steadily off the Mt Owen trek and will enjoy some downtime before heading off on the long bike ride to Totoranui.