Original Post November 5, 2013
Noosa outriggers on track
The second last round of the OC1/OC2 outrigging series was held at Kingscliff, resulting in top three placings for all of Noosa’s competitive individual paddlers.
The mixed paddling conditions from surf to gently rolling waves meant that not every paddler made it back dry, providing added entertainment for onlookers.
Race results included Pip Kay first in the 12km short course Senior Master Women’s Division, with friend and rival Wendy Mabbott in hot pursuit coming third. Harry Crockford chalked up an easy second place in the short course Golden Master Men’s Division.
Later in the day, the long course participants awaited a delayed start in the expected 20km, double lap course. Unfortunately, due to some confusion in where to go, drifting buoys and inaccurate marking, the race was called off after only one lap, which turned out to be close to 14km. This was hugely disappointing for Des Mabbott and John Goller who were in very strong positions and had paced themselves ready for a storming second lap. Fortunately they came ashore to find Des had placed second in the Senior Master Men Division and John second in the Master Men’s Division.
Now all eyes will be on the last race event at Southport on 10 November when the final positions in the league will be determined. The South East Queensland Outrigger Canoe Championships are all about attaining points in each event, with the requirement that each paddler must complete a minimum of four races to be eligible for final placings.
Wendy Mabbot below (showing them how it’s done):
Going into the final race event, John Goller is currently first in the long course Master Men’s Division, the largest field in the series. Des Mabbott is leader in both the short and long courses of the Senior Master Men’s Division. Harry Crockford is second in the short course Golden Master Men’s Division, by a narrow 1 point margin. Pip Kay is second in the short course Senior Master Women’s Division with competitors no doubt trying to exceed her results. Wendy Mabbott has one race to qualify in the same division, and is currently in sixth place.
NOCC supports both competitive and social paddlers, and a junior development program is currently being established. Phone 5455 5646 for details.
Story: Jo Searle, NOCC Publicity
Photos: Warren Kay