Noosa Outrigger canoe action from the weekend.
Noosa Outrigger canoe action from the weekend. Lesley Downie

Noosa takes to bay with some real canoe talent

THE 2018 regatta outrigger canoe season kicked off at Bells Beach, Clontarf and Noosa paddlers were out to make a statement entering 18 teams in the four senior races.

Moreton Bay has a reputation for unsettled and wet weather but this time there was little wind, hot sunshine and just a few waves on the bay.

The course was from Bell's Beach into the bay then up the coast towards Redcliffe and return.

The women's and mixed teams long course race saw 22 teams set off with the Noosa Senior Master Women coming home second of the women's crews in 1hr41mins to win their division.

The next Noosa team home and crossing the line fifth overall was the Noosa Senior Master Mixed in 1hr42mins placing second in their division. Noosa Master Women finished in 1hr48mins, placing second in their division and Golden Master Women finished in 1hr48mins and 52secs, also placing second on their division.

The men's long race then followed the same course, with Noosa Open Men second overall and also in their division in 1:26:18. In hot pursuit and ninth overall were the Golden Master Men in 1:33:05 to win their division with the other Noosa Golden Master Men crew second in a time of 1:38:13.

They had a royal battle around the course with Noosa Senior Master Men just 24 seconds behind to come fourth in their division.

Junior teams were next to paddle an 8km short course. The first Noosa team steered by Tina Standish was home in 1hr and 1sec, just 12 seconds behind the top placed novice team from Tweed Coast.

The two other Noosa novice teams both experienced a huli (capsize) with one team still managing to place third in 1:08:28. Unfortunately the other team had to pull out of the race. This was a great introduction to racing for these women.

The last race was the men's and mixed teams short course with Noosa Open Men second overall and in their division in 34mins34secs, Golden Master Men sixth overall and first in their division in 37:30, Senior Master Men 12th and third in their division in 39:36.

Jo Searle

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