Regatta races of all distance

TWEED Heads will be among a boat load of clubs paddling out for the first marathon regatta of the six-person (OC6) outrigger canoe-racing season at Currumbin today.

The competition promises to be fierce at Winders Park with clubs from as far north as Hervey Bay and south to Coffs Harbour eager to stake their claim on the series’ points tally.

As it is the first marathon regatta of the season, the courses will be shorter but this will give those who have opted for long-distance training the chance to participate in more than one race.

The action at Currumbin starts at 6.45am with the 8km short-course races for under-19 juniors, novice paddlers, men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.

“This a great introduction to longer distance racing for those new to the sport, as well as those working up to the longer endurance races,” OCCA president Craig Voyce said.

Junior races will be held from 8.15am with the under- 12s completing a 2km course, under-14s a 4km course and the under-16s competing across 6km.

“No kids’ canoes here!” Voyce said.

“Junior competitors paddle and steer the same 150kg

canoes the adults use.”

The regatta is expected to finish with the 12km women’s long course at 11am and the men’s and mixed 12km long course at 12.30pm.



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