|Back Row: Dario, Dee, Mel, Ev, Col, Mark and Helen.|
Front Row: Linds, Gio and Jane.
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.
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.