Original Post March 24, 2014
NOCC paddlers faced a tough challenge in the third race of the OC6 race series at Bells Beach, Clontarf, when a strong on shore wind and rough conditions resulted in the race course being shortened and modified to a 4km triangular course with three buoy turns.
Noosa entered two Master Women’s teams in the 10 Km Short Course. The team comprising novices Pascale Hegarty, Susie Blumentals and Anne Courtnay – who had never tackled such conditions – plus experienced paddlers Lisa Phelan, Jackie Irving and Val Phillips. They were the third women’s team over the line, coming first in their category. The other Master Women’s crew – Janina Wade, Tina Standish, Louise Kiernan, Lyn Mills, Sandra Kennedy and Nicky Gerrett – came fourth.
In the 16 km Long Course, Noose entered Master Men and Senior Master Men crews, and a Master Mixed team. This proved to be a hard battle in 28 knot winds and a big sea chop. Turning back towards shore for a fast run with the wind behind, the Master Men’s crew took the lead with paddles in the air and Paul Squires masterfully steering them to victory. The Senior Master Men came in third and the Mixed Master’s second.