The Champion Lakes rowing centre at Armadale was the site for the latest outrigging races, a sprint regatta hosted by the Fremantle Outrigger Club. It was almost the perfect regatta for the Mandurah paddlers winning all but one of the eight sprint races on offer. They finished with an amazing seven 1st and a 2nd.
In an amazing finish in the Mens’s 250m OC1 sprint there was a 3 way tie for 1st place between Colin Bartley of the Mandurah Club and two paddlers from the Fremantle club. Dario Mestrovic of Mandurah took out the next place and as an indication of how close the racing was, the first 6 paddlers finished within 1.5 second of each other. Our Mandurah ladies completed the OC1 sprints with a 1,2,3 finish for Linda Mestrovic, Julie Bartley and Mel Rei respectfully.
There was a touch of controversy with the first race of the day, the Men’s OC6 500m sprint, when it was discovered that the timing gear didn’t work. The Mandurah crew had won comfortably but was told at the end of the day the heat would have to be run again, but all the times from the subsequent heats would still stand. So after racing all day the boys had to go out one more time and try and post the fasted time to claim victory and with one of their strongest paddlers already gone home the pressure was on. But in true Mandurah never say die style one of their new paddlers stepped up and they delivered the goods....just! They posted the fasted time by 1.5 seconds.
With only two regattas to go the Mandurah club is hoping to continue their winning form and take out the champion club of the year.
The Mandurah Outrigger Canoe Club is hosting the next regatta on Saturday 7th March at Doddi’s Beach starting at 9.00am. Come down and have a look at the exciting ocean sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing and cheer on the Mandurah paddlers.