Brisbane River Race Report – 23 July 2017

The river has many moods. Not always comfortable with many cross currents, occasional debris and somewhat difficult when the wind blows. Today however the beast was asleep. Glassy conditions and a docile incoming tide with the biggest danger/entertainment being a boisterous race organiser barking out start instructions. To add interest was 2 dragon boats who headed the field and a visiting Frenchman, a previous national marathon paddler.

There was good spread of craft with K1 and ocean ski’s being the predominant boat of choice made quick times for most. Daniel Mole of Wynnum Redlands continued to show his class. Only young Daniel has great experience and skills, along with speed of course. The world champs will be his next big challenge.

Racers must be getting race fit with only a small start in the 6k race but good fields in the 12k and 18k. Ages from very young to some well into their paddling lives. With the river loop being a big space only a few small packs were about and those well skilled in wash riding made good use of the mass starts. Denise Cooper 5 time world champ showed she still has this skill in spades along with a category win.

A few dramas with the council not providing usual parking on the grassed area, however the Brisbane Club appreciated the paddlers adapting to new conditions without complaint.

Thanks to all those from other clubs who came and assisted, and the clubs volunteers.

As one young paddler said “marathon paddlers are such nice people”.

Full race results

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