GOING HARD: Noosa Outriggers thrive in the open water competition.
GOING HARD: Noosa Outriggers thrive in the open water competition. Lesley Downie

Loggerheads a force on water for Noosa Outriggers

THE Noosa Outrigger Canoe Club has contested two marathon regattas in the SQ Zone OC6 racing season.

This included regattas hosted by the Bayside OCC at Cleveland and Gold Coast OCC at the Broadwater, Southport.

At Cleveland, in the men's short course race the Noosa Loggerheads took line honours and won the Open Men's division.

Other men's teams to also win their divisions included Golden Master Mixed, Novice Men and Senior Master Men.

In the women's short course the Noosa Novice Women 1 won their division with Novice Women 2 placing second, and the Golden Master Women second in their division.

In the long course, winning teams were the Golden Master Men 1, Golden Master Mixed and Senior Master Women, with podium finishes for the Senior Master Mixed, Golden Master Men 2, Golden Master Men 3 and the Open Men Loggerheads taking second place.

Gold Coast OCC delivered two days of events in blustery conditions at Southport, the Gold Coast Cup 42km change race and the following day the Wave Breaker Challenge with both 8km short and 16km long course marathon races.

In the Gold Coast Cup the Noosa Loggerheads put in a great effort to claim third place in the open men's age group and a women's composite team, Aussie Aunties partly crewed by Noosa paddlers, took first place in Senior Master Women's division.

The following day, Noosa fielded 13 teams in the Wave Breaker Challenge and took out category line honours in eight events, namely Golden Master Men 1, Senior Master Mixed and Senior Master Women in long course races and the Golden Master Mixed, Golden Master Women, Master Women, Novice Men and Novice Women 1 in short course events.

Also taking podium placings in the long course events were the Open Men Loggerheads, Golden Master Men 2, Senior Master Men, and Master Women, and in the short course the Novice Women 2.

Now focus has turned to the upcoming National Marathon Titles being held on May 19-20 at Mooloolaba Spit.

Noosa has 16 crews registered - six crews in the 10km short course and 10 crews in long course races of 18km and 22km, for women and men respectively.

If you would like to know more, please call Glen, NOCC secretary on 0410624619 or visit http://www.noosaoutriggers .com.au/.

Jo Searle