Tuesday, December 20, 2011

OC6 Cut Run Video

Here is some footage from our OC6 downwind Cut Run last weekend. It never looks as big in the videos! The conditions start off okay but got better the further we went, wish we could have kept going!

In the crew were, Mel Rae, Justin Conn, Greg Long, Joe Martincevic, Craig Small and Barts.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MOCA Glory in Bay 2 Beach

Mark crossing the line, Adam parking the boat.

GO THE MOCAS!!! Well done to all the MOCAS who took to the water for the Bay 2 Beach recently. The OC6s took out 1st and 2nd with the gun mixed crew holding out the new boys after a great head to head battle going down the river. In the double ski Mark and Adam came second after a great fight with the eventual winners and Mark is claiming victory over Adam as he crossed the lines first. Well done MOCAS.

Thanks to Jane Hilton and Rookie for the great photos.

Adam and Mark hunting down the leaders 

Here are the OC6 results
1 - Mandurah Mixed Crew 1:23:32 (new course record)
2 - Mandurah Mens Crew 1:24:44
3 - Wavemasters Mixed Crew 1:25:43
4 - Cottesloe Mixed Crew 1:32:11
5 - Geographe Mixed Crew

Team MOCA Men ready to go
MOCA Mixed ready to fire up

The MOCA Men leading the charge out of Freo Harbour and chasing the Mixed Crew

Cheque Please
Winners are grinners
Choice Mel!
Who gave him the mic?

What a Blast!!!!

Look at those bumps just past the rock wall and just about to be jumped on!
Thanks everyone for joining us for our first Cut Run Blast. 33 paddlers took part in probably near perfect Cut Run conditions, 20 knots gusting to 25 knots of wind with some huge bumps to drop into. There were a lot of smiles on the beach after that one.

Full results are online at:


Monday, October 31, 2011

Swan River Classic Paddle

MOCA OC6 crew in Pai Naia
Well done to all MOCA paddlers that competed in yesterday's Bridge to Bridge!! One MOCA OC6 team getting pipped at the post (or rather the sand bar!) by a Cottesloe crew and the other OC6 team, rather than getting pipped at the post actually HIT the post, but still had a strong race nearly catching another Cott crew! Kat had an awesome race coming second in her category. Darren doing a fantastic job on his ski. In other ski results Adam did great finishing 19th overall and more importantly 2 spots in front of his arch nemesis Mark. Rookie had a good paddle splitting Lindsay and Chris who paddled well finishing 3rd and 4th in the +45 division.

A big thanks also to our MOCA shore crew of Helen, Ev, Simon and Tom who shuffled cars and helped out at the portage, couldn't have done it without you guys. 

Check out some OC6 photos of the race taken by Chris's wife here.

Our next event is the Bay 2 Beach on the 27th November.

MOCA OC6 crew in Kia Koa

Friday, October 21, 2011

That First Glide

This should be a good movie when it comes out, "That First Glide", the story about the origins of SUP.

Monday, September 26, 2011

1st Mandurah Blast

We held our first Mandurah Blast on the weekend, the first of many that will be held over summer. The 5km course is open to all paddlers on ski, OC1, OC6 or SUP. The results from the first Mandurah blast can be found here.


We plan to hold a Blast Time Trial once a month on or near the last Sunday of each month. To stay up to date with what's happening at the Mandurah Ocean Club join our Facebook page.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Mandurah Ocean Club

Our AGM was held on the weekend and it's now official, we are now the Mandurah Ocean Club, dedicated to the promotion of the sport of ocean paddling on outriggers, skis and SUPS. It was a great turn out with big plans for the future, stay tuned!

The original MOCAS. The founding members of the Mandurah Ocean Club August 14th 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Geographe Regatta Report

The MOCAS with the "Jetty Trophy"

Another Dominant Performance by the MOCAS

The MOCAS have stamped their dominance over this season with a clean sweep of wins at the Geographe Outriggers regatta held in Busselton on the weekend. Wining every race on offer the Mandurah paddlers have consolidated their position on the top of the ladder in the race for the State Championship.

The Open Men OC6 (outrigger canoe 6 person canoe) got racing underway with a strong start in their 10km marathon before extending their lead on the downwind leg and surfing away from the pack for a comfortable win. The Women’s OC6 8km marathon was next off and the Mandurah ladies were pushed from the start sitting in third place at the first turning buoy, then on the downwind leg surfed passed the leaders through some great steering from Julie Bartley to take the lead and pull away for a great win.

In a true show of the depth of the Mandurah paddlers it was decided to enter two teams of equal strength into the Mixed OC6 marathon instead of stacking one crew. Mandurah still managed to win the race in a very close fought battle with Cottesloe and Westcoast with the second Mandurah crew finishing 4th only 1 minute behind.

In a final fun elimination sprint race with all the teams being selected by ballot from all the clubs present the race was won by a team paddling in a Mandurah canoe with two Mandurah paddlers in the, Linda Mestrovic sitting stroke and Colin Bartley steering.

Points Tally for the regatta.

Mandurah 42pts
Wavemasters 24pts
Fremantle 19pts
West Coast 18pts
Cottesloe 10pts
Geographe 9.5pts

So with two races to go to determine the State Champions and only a maximum of 24 points on offer Mandurah has it in the bag!

Mandurah - 100.75 points
W/masters - 64 points
Fremantle - 53.25 points
Cottesloe - 40 points
West Coast - 28 points
Geographe - 17.7 points

Go the MOCAS, State Champions for 2011!!!

The Junior Mixed OC6 crew getting ready to race!
Seasons Race Results


November 2010

28th Nov - Bay to Beach
OC6 Mixed 1st MOCC

December - 2010

12th Dec - West Coast OCC
OC1 Relay 2nd MOCC


January 2011

22nd Jan - The Doctor Race
Rotto to Scarborough
OC1 - 3rd and 4th MOCC

February 2011

12th Feb - Wave Masters OCC
OC6 Changeover - 1st MOCC

26th Feb - Cottesloe OCC
OC1 Women - 1st and 2nd MOCC
OC1 Men - 1st and 2nd MOCC
OC6 Women - 2nd MOCC
OC6 Men - 1st MOCC
V12 Mixed - 1st MOCC

March 2011

13th Mar - Geographe OCC
OC6 Men's - 1st MOCC
OC6 Women's - 1st MOCC
OC6 Mixed - 1st & 4th MOCC

20th Mar - Mandurah Duel
OC6 - 2nd MOCC
OC1 - 1st MOCC 
Double Ski - 1st MOCC
Single Ski 40+ - 2nd MOCC

April 2011

2nd Apr - Geographe Crossing
OC6 Changeover Race - 1st MOCC

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hot Racing on the Swan River

Men's OC6 Team L-R Mark Hardie, Michael Gionotti, Mac Nichols, Dario Mestrovic, Colin Bartley, Todd Adamson

The weather was hot and so were the paddlers of the Mandurah Outrigger Canoe Club (MOCCAS) at the Swan River Run Regatta on the weekend hosted by the Cottesloe club. The MOCCAS scorched in every event on a sweltering, humid and very flat Swan River.

The Mandurah girls got things warmed up in the women’s OC1 (one person outrigger canoe) race with Linda and Mel taking out 1st and 2nd respectfully. In the Men’s OC1 race new MOCCA member Todd sizzled in his first OC1 race and almost caused an upset by jumping on a cheeky boat wash and surfing out to a good lead before Mac pulled him back after the half way mark. Apparently Todd was getting too hot so he went for a swim. The MOCCAS filled out 4 of the first 5 places with Mac and Todd finishing 1st and 2nd while Dario and Colin took 4th and 5th.

In the OC6 (six person outrigger canoe) 10km marathon the women were fired up first and after leading for most of the race our Mandurah girls made a slight tactical error that opened the door and let the Wavemasters team from Bunbury snatch the lead and the race buy only 10 seconds. It was a hot race to watch and the girls did us proud and we know they’ll be fired up for sure to take the trophy at the next race.

Next up was the men’s OC6 10km marathon where the MOCCA men’s crew were as hot as the day was. They sizzled off the line and got out to a good lead early, then settled into their groove, the boys were on fire and slowly turned up the heat and increased their lead over the rest of the course. The guys found their groove and were simmering along, it was such a hot day there was danger the boys would melt so there was plenty of splashing to cool the crew down on the airless home leg. One last obstacle confronted the crew as they approached the finish line, a wall of spinnakers! They had to thread their way through the start fleet of a yacht race to get to the finish line, the same thing happened to our 2nd crew in there race but everyone made it through unscathed. The smoking men’s crew finished a scorching 4 mins in front of 2nd place! 

The thing I love most about this club is it’s strong club and team spirit, and a special congratulations goes to our 2nd men’s crew and the girls who jumped in to make up the numbers so everyone got to race, that’s the MOCCA spirit!

It was now time for some fun! The Cott club had scheduled an OC12 race where 2 OC6 canoes are strapped together like a big catamaran. It’s a lot of fun having all those paddlers paddling together in close proximity. Everyone cruised out to the start line for a 1.5km dash back to the finish line getting used to the rig and pumping each other up. The MOCCAS were in good spirits as they sat on the start line simmering and ready to be unleased, the flag went up and they literally jumped off the line, got out to a good lead and blazed away to another win.  

The red-hot MOCCAS took out the points for the regatta and are now leading the overall points score for club championship.

Cottesloe Regatta Points

1. Mandurah 36
2. Wavemasters 28
3. Cottesloe 26
4. Fremantle  20
5. Geographe 12

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Wave Masters Race Report

Back Row: Dario, Dee, Mel, Ev, Col, Mark and Helen.
Front Row: Linds, Gio and Jane.
Awesome stuff MOCCAS!!!!

What a race, what a come back, what a bunch of dead set legends!

Here is a brief race run through.

The wind gods were still doing crazy things so the course was changed to 4 laps around Koombana Bay on a 6km course with all the changes happening on the beach in front of The Dome. We got a good start and after the first lap had a lead of about 50m over West Coast. We had started with our strongest and most experienced crew and for our second lap we blooded our newbies who did an awesome job because West Coast on the other hand threw in one of their strongest crew combinations and soon ran us down and passed us. WC got out to a lead of about 500m at one stage, though after a few beers at the presentations I'm sure I heard they had a 3km lead!

The second change saw some very fired up paddlers get back into the canoe and the chase was on. We slowly closed the gap over WC and the closer we got the more the crew got fired up. I'm sure Mark was foaming at the mouth at one stage, chanting, "we're going to eat them" and "Aaaaarrh... let's hurt them". We caught them half way through the lap and powered away.

Coming into the last change I decided that we needed to go with a strong combo for our last lap knowing that WC would be throwing their strongest crew at us for the last lap. I asked the question of the crew if they could go for another lap, stupid question, they were pumped, a deafening, growling YEEES! We came into the beach for a one person change swapping out EV who had just done 2 full laps, an awesome job! We picked up Dario and dropped him into our awesome heavy weight engine room combo of him and Gio (90kg between them), and off we went again!

WC came no where near us and in fact we extended our lead even further to win by a good 500m.

It was an awesome race and I've never been in a canoe race and come from so far behind to win by so much! A new highlight of my paddling career!

Some of my stand out moments from the race were:
The awesome job of out newbies.
Fantastic changes
Ev counting in tongues
Mark enjoying his change so much he did his twice!
The never say die attitude of all the MOOCAS

In the crew were: Mel, Linda, Helen, Dee, Jane, Ev, Dario, Mark, Gio and Colin.