Noosa Outriggers turn on challenging bay racing
LAST weekend, Laguna Bay was alive with all the action of outrigger canoe ocean racing for the final regatta in the 2018 South Queensland Zone OC6 competition series.
Noosa Outrigger Canoe Club played host to 18 clubs from Hervey Bay to the Tweed Coast, with teams battling on both long and short courses across the day.
The day dawned with cloud cover, a cool breeze, and a shore break promising some challenges paddling the canoes out and back into shore.
The first race of the day was the men's long course, a 16km race from Main Beach and down along Sunshine Beach and back. Noosa results included Golden Master Men Crew 1 in first place in a time of 1hr 20min 25sec and Crew 2 second in 1:25.35 in their division, and the Senior Maser Men finishing third in their division in 1:25.06. Noosa's Open Men's team finished a credible sixth in their hotly contested division, in a time of 1:17.36.
As the tide retreated, the next race was the Women's and Mixed 16km Long Course on the same course as the men's race. The swell beyond Granite Bay and the wash from the rock wall continued to provide good swell and some challenging paddling conditions relished by the teams.
Noosa teams finished in their respective divisions in the following places: Senior Master Women first in a time of 1:33.24, Senior Master Mixed second in 1:29.12 and Master Women second in 1:42.38.
Junior races were also conducted from 1km for the Minnows in the Noosa River up to 6km for the Under-16s in Laguna Bay.
Their enthusiasm was palpable.
By late morning, the Men's and Mixed 8km Short Course was under way, with the course from Main Beach to Granite, then across the Bay toward North Shore before turning back to the Main Beach finish line.
Noosa results included first places in their divisions for the Platinum Master Men and Novice Men in the respective times of 51.30 and 48.29.
In addition, the Open Men's team backed up and clinched second in their division in a time of 43.36.
This race was the swansong for Bernie and Dave Patterson, who have paddled with Noosa for many years but will soon be returning to their New Zealand homeland.
They enjoyed their final hit-out with friends, namely Jacquie Irving, Wendy and Des Mabbott and steerer Phil Benstead.
Their friendship paid off, taking the win in their Senior Master Mixed division in 49.51.
The final race of the day was the Women's 8km short course, again the same as the men's course, now with the sun shining and dolphins leaping.
Noosa results included Novice Women Crew 2 first in 53.41 and Crew 2 second in 54.39 in their division, and Senior Master Women Crew 2 second in 52.22 and Crew 1 fourth in 55.29.
Overall it was yet another successful regatta, made possible by so many club members contributing, from registrations and course set-up to safety crews and catering, and so much more.
The regatta marked the end of the OC6 racing season, with many club members now taking a break ahead of the OC1 and 2 series commencing from August.
Noosa will host the second regatta on Saturday, August 25.
For further information or to come and try, see the Noosa Outrigger Canoe Club website at http://www.noosa outriggers.com.au.