Leaders Nail First Trek Fast
Friday 2nd March 2018
The first team to arrive at Kollats Crib Team Swordfox took the Waiau River being closed overnight in their stride. The team looked chuffed to be first into the CP and Georgia Whitla quickly directed the team to get their didymo cleaning completed, jump into their wetsuits to keep warm and make the short paddle down the Monowai to the point where they would be allowed to continue down the Waiau River first thing in the morning.
“Let’s face it anyone who is racing is going to do that,” she said.
Stuart Lynch said the start to the race was fairly intense and he had not had a great afternoon himself. They had seen a fair bit of Yealands and played a bit of cat and mouse coming down off the Borland.
“We got ahead of them going into the hike but they had a slightly better route than we did over the tops. We’ve been in yelling distance of each other through this stage but have not exactly ‘chatted’.It’s nice to get here early and get some sleep before the morning. We did not expect this river to be closed but there you go,” said Lynch