Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mandurah Go 1, 2 in Bridge to Bridge

What a great start to the 2009/10 season, the Mandurah Outrigger Club finished 1st and 2nd in their division in the Royal Surf Lifesaving ‘Classic Paddle’ from the Narrows Bridge down the river to the Stirling Bridge. Seen as a precursor race to the season proper the Bridge to Bridge race is where states outrigger teams get an early look at each other before the points races start. The competition didn’t get to look at the Mandurah teams for very long, within the first 10 mins both the Mandurah crews had left the other Outrigger crews and Dragon Boat teams, who all start together, behind and were fighting each other for the lead. The mixed crew was even late for the start having to fight it’s way through the flotilla of skis to get to the line.
The mixed team of 3 guys and 3 girls, which was stacked with some of our strongest paddlers soon caught the mens crew and a real ding dong battle then began. Battling a stiff 25kn SE  breeze smashing chop and waves into the side of both canoes they raced neck-a-neck until the mixed crew slipped ahead. The men’s crew then took advantage of the change in course and surfed into the lead again on the downwind section to Pt Walter Spit. The Mixed crew caught up and took the lead just before the portage over the Spit. The portage has to be the toughest part of the race, after using all upper body for the first half of the race then jumping out and pushing a 155kg canoe across the sand is a shock to the system. The Mixed crew held their lead for the last 4km to the finish with the Men’s crew hot on their heels. 
Many thanks to our new club sponsor Southpoint Prestige who did a great job refurbishing our trailer, it went like a dream. Our next race is the Mandurah Classic Paddle from the Dawesville Cut to Seashells Resort on the 21st Nov followed the next weekend by the Bay to Beach in Perth from Mossman Bay to Cottesloe Beach.

Mandurah Classic Paddle

The Mandurah Classic Paddle is on again and scheduled for Saturday the 21st November. This exciting ocean event is made even better with a good sea breeze expected to be blowing on the day making the course a straight downhill dash parallel with the coast up to Halls Head then into Comet Bay and finishing on the Beach in front of Seashells Resort, a distance of 14km.

Registrations open at 12.30pm in the park at the intersection of Northport Boulevard and Batavia Ave in Port Bouvard. The beach here will also be the launching point for all craft who will then paddle out to the start line in the Dawesville Channel. The race will start at 2.00pm and will include outrigger canoes and ski paddlers.

As mentioned the finish line will be on Town Beach in front of Seashells Resort where the presentation will also be held later by the pool overlooking the beach with a BBQ and drinks to finish the day. We are pleased to welcome Seashells aboard as sponsors who are also putting up a prize of a weekend for two staying at Seashells Mandurah. Kayaks 4 You is also a major supporter of the event donating cash and prizes for the event. The City of Mandurah is another valued supporter who is assisting with the water safety on the day. Together with our major sponsor Spirit Paddle Sports and our nutrition sponsor Shotz Sports Nutrition, all things canoeing at Canoeing Down Under and Go Paddle sports, this promises to be a great event.

We look forward to seeing you all in Mandurah for this exciting event.