We don’t want to spoil the surprise before the Xmas Party on December 2, so there won’t be any series results released until December 3.
What I can tell you is that there were PBs galore on the deep water of a high tide. The best PB of the day went to Jaki who also takes the award for the biggest smile.
In the Junior race, Ashley went fully stealth-mode and powered home to win the race and the series from Kadi and Euan. All three juniors set new PBs, but Ashley was too fast on the day, leading home by a boat length in front of a very excited crowd.
In the open event, there were some tactical boat selections made as paddlers tried to play the handicap system and get their wet hands on the treasured Morison Cup.
Ross and Robyn selected a canoe for the task, earning a large handicap advantage for the Morison as well as ticking a much needed single blade requirement for their Very Big Year Challenge. In the end the extra 8 minutes it took them to traverse the 5km course was much larger than the handicap could compensate for. It may also have been the 8km they seemed to traverse as they zig zagged down the course, bumping into boats, trees, and even a pontoon. Anticipating some interesting exchanges on the water, I placed a GoPro in the boat and I will be publishing a selection of the footage as soon as I can bring myself to edit it without crying with laughter.
Greg chose the Vet-Junior combo handicap option, paddling with Amelia in Trish’s double sea kayak. They nearly held off the Bingles, largely by sticking to the racing line, but eventually Greg’s lack of fitness and constant ramming from the Bingles took it’s toll on Amelia and they slipped to second place.
Pumped by success in the Hawkesbury, Peter took command of Rowland’s SLR2 and conscripted Gareth as his cabin boy for the event. Doubling down on their usual handicaps in the height and reach department, they entered in the category which guaranteed them the least favourable handicap of the field. Despite that, they posted a time which was frankly quite astounding for the young debutants and we will need to keep an eye on them next year as their partnership matures.
In the end the winning combo for the Morison Cup was pure speed with Kate and Steve putting a special appearance in to post a time of 23:47 for the 5km event.
Round 10 Junior Results
Junior Series Results
Round 10 Open Results
|1||Ross & Robyn||35:06.2|
|2||Greg & Amelia||35:09.0|
|7||Pete & Gareth||24:27.3|
|8||Bert Laurendet & Rod Berry||33:19.0||0:54|
|13||Bruce Sherlock & Janet Small||27:02.7|
|17||Steve & Kate Dawson||23:49.0|
|18||Ian & Sue||30:02.7|