Our popular race was held on Sunday 8 March 2020 and finally the weather was kind and we had perfect paddling conditions with the overcast sky keeping the morning cooler.
This race is unique with its start near the WRCC clubhouse and paddling the many turns in Tingalpa Creek finishing in the narrows at the Road Bridge in Capalaba. This year we had a fallen tree to negotiate to add to the challenge of weaving through the mangroves. The flooding rain in February caused us to postpone the race to March 8 to give the creek time to return to its normal level and to move some of the debris and silt.
Thanks to the 75 paddlers (70 craft) who raced on the day. Also thanks to the Junior and Rec paddlers who paddled the 5km course to Chadwell Street. Great to see the junior paddlers racing in both the 10km & 5km distances.
First across the finish line was Daniel Mole (WRCC) K1 followed closely by Andrew Bavage (Sandgate) K1. Next across the line was Kai Watson (WRCC) with Darcy Church (Varsity) K2 who have been selected in the National Sprint Team. Congratulations to these talented Juniors.
Of course, the race only happens with the time and commitment from the Volunteers. A big thankyou to John Simpson, the chief official, who had to make the call to postpone from February and reset everything for the new date including volunteers. A huge effort was put in by Andrew who handled the registrations and timing despite the Register Now registration system failing. Hopefully this can be resolved soon.
Thankyou to the rest of the crew who ran the BBQ, Safety boats, starts, setting up and all the preparations needed to run a race and to Eddie who loaned his tinnie. We also acknowledge Chris Hurley, Julie Frost, Paddle Qld, and Redland City Council for supporting our club on the day.
Looking forward to the Pacific Coast Series starting in 2 weeks.
Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club