Race 1 Wrap up Conditions were on our side on Saturday 29 August with fresh North winds at 15-18knots giving all levels of paddlers are great downwind paddle.
The Port Noarlunga and Christies IRB's provided the 50 paddlers with superb water cover enabling a safe race.
Special thanks to Simon Newell and Dave Lowrey for coordinating the safety teams on water and land plus the crews of the IRB's from Port Noarlunga and Christies. Garth Tierney took on the role of SafeTrx tracker keeping an eye on the movement of all paddlers during the race. Also great job by parents and friends as land observers throughout the race.
The first wave took off at 10.00am followed by another at 10.05am and the open and masters male paddlers at 10.15am enabling a tighter field for our water safety teams to observe.
The open male race was very tight with Jamie Beavis 54:41 and Steve Dalton 55:24 taking an early lead and extending out towards the end and finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. They were followed by Brendan Collopy, Craig Burton and Luke Collopy who all battled it out run fo run for the whole race with Jake Tierney rounding off the top 6 for line honours.
The female paddlers were led off by Cat O'Leary who finished strongly in a very good time of 1:04:11 taking out the open female division and 16th overall followed by Kellie Wise and Laura Campbell. Jo Goulder took out the female over 40 just behind the open girls.
Our under 19 female paddlers handled the conditions very well with Hannah Trezona narrowly beating Chelsea Jentz and Taylor Nixon-O'Brien. So good to see these young athletes in these races.
The U19 boys times were right up there with the open men, Cooper Bristow in 58.25 (8th overall) taking it out followed by Jed Ffrench (10th overall) 20 seconds behind and Lachlan Campbell (12th overall) in third.
In the Masters Male categories Wayne Jones took out the 60 Plus, Brendan Collopy the 40-49 and Craig Burton the 50-59 age group.
Thanks to Daniel Willetts and the team at Surf Life Saving SA for their support and work with our risk management strategies and for providing radio coverage and alerting essential services.
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