Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bay to Beach Win

The Mandurah Outrigger Canoe Club continued our season opening winning form with a convincing win in the Mainpeak Bay to Beach 17km marathon held in Perth last weekend. The Bay to Beach Marathon is an annual event on the paddle circuit attracting approximately 200 competitors on ocean skis, surf skis, kayaks and outrigger canoes. The course started in the Swan River at Mosman Bay and headed down river, out through Fremantle Harbour and into the ocean where it swung north and followed the coast finishing at Cottesloe Beach.

There was a strong turnout from all the outrigger clubs with 8 OC6s competing with mixed teams of 3 girls and 3 guys in each canoe. After a collision with West Coast at the start the Mandurah crew found themselves back in the field with all the work to do, so after settling down after the bingle they started to work their way back up the field. By the time they had reached the Fremantle Traffic bridge they had their nose just in front of the Fremantle Outrigger Club crew with the Cottesloe crew right behind them. Once the Mandurah crew hit the open ocean and headed north they used the following wind and waves to their advantage and pulled away from their pursuers. They finished the 17km course in 1hr 26min 48sec, a comfortable 50 seconds ahead of the Fremantle crew.

The crew consisted of Linda Mestrovic, Terry Russel, Dario Mestrovic, Mel Butler, Colin Bartley and Julie Bartley.