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Volunteering with a difference!

 

 

Lawyer Kristin Percy has found a novel way to beat the rush hour traffic in Auckland – she goes to work on a paddleboard. And to get to her shifts as a volunteer on the accreditation desk at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Village, she uses the same transport mode!

 

Three mornings a week, Kristin hops on her board – at Herne Bay if the tide is high, and Westhaven if it’s not – and paddles to her job with the Law Society in the city.

 

The trip takes 20 minutes or so to cover the 2km distance, sometimes up to half an hour depending on wind and tide. And the paddle speed, of course.

 

Kristin’s ocean voyage has another advantage. As a regular competitor in a paddleboard race series off Takapuna Beach, the commute is valuable training time.

 

During her trips to and from the Race Village, Kristin often encounters shore crew from the racing yachts on their way to work from the North Shore.

 

And although it’s not a long or arduous trip, Kristin says there are some hazards to watch out for.

 

“People fishing near the Tank Farm at the end of Beaumont St often have lines out in the water in the early morning and it pays to avoid those.

 

“And there are a few other interesting things I’ve found out. For instance, you can paddleboard under the Viaduct Events Centre, at the heart of the Race Village”.

 

Kristin does not wear a wetsuit for the trip, just ordinary sports clothes. Her office outfit is carried in a dry bag, inside another waterproof bag.

 

During the summer months, Kristin’s travel option sounds ideal. In the winter, perhaps it’s not so appealing.

 

Kristin is pictured above with her coach Annabel Anderson.

 

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