Nikao lagoon, in front of supporting sponsor Vaiana’s Bar and Bistro, will be churning, as students race in V6 canoes over a 200 metre distance.
A total of 215 students aged between 13 and 16 years from the colleges of Tereora, Nukutere, Titikaveka and Imanuela Akatemi will be taking part in what is always an exciting and hotly contested event.
Fifty six teams of boys, girls and mixed teams will be competing.
The regatta is a culmination of a four-week training programme where the students, under the tutelage of canoeing association coaches, were taught paddling technique, team work, water safety awareness and the respect and care of the natural environment.
The Bank of the South Pacific has been Vaka Iti’s major sponsor for five years and the Cook Islands Canoeing Association appreciatively acknowledges BSP’s integral role in enabling the junior paddling programme to continue.
The association is very grateful to BSP country manager David Street and his awesome team at BSP for their ongoing support of Junior Oe Vaka.
The organisers are always thrilled to have BSP staff at the regatta, helping out, encouraging and cheering on all the participants.
Racing starts at 9am and all are invited to come down and cheer for your favourite teams and schools, watch the junior paddlers display all the skills they have learned, and see who will be the champions for BSP Vaka Iti 2019.