Outriggers clean up
IF THE Port Douglas Outriggers Club keeps winning medals, they may have to consider building a trophy cabinet.
The club sent its biggest contingent of the year to the fifth AOCRA North Queensland Zone regatta, held in blustery conditions at Ellis Beach recently and brought home five medals.
Facing the choppy surf, experienced paddler Bec Brooks had some advice for the new paddlers, including regatta firsttimers Tim Ellis and Christine Guerillot.
“Feel the fear, but do it anyway,” she told them.
Despite a few spills and capsizes, the team of 23 rose to the challenge and snagged three gold and two bronze medals.
However, the club has nowhere to display their medals.
“I suppose it would be nice to be able to see all the medals in one spot,” club stalwart Deb Maynard said.
“I know Faye (Lilley) has a roomful.
“I’ve got my (world championship V12 gold) medal hanging off the rear-view mirror in my car.”
Faye brought home another two gold medals from the weekend regatta, one individual and a V6, after teaming up with Denise Lee Long, Cecily Riderhof, Jan Ward, Leanne Banks and Deb in the senior masters’ women’s 8km marathon race.
The same team scored a bronze in the 300m sprint.
Jess Armbrust steered the open women’s team in her first marathon, with Bec Brooks, Denise Lee Long, Jan Ward, Faye Lilley and Deb Maynard.
The Port Douglas club dominated the masters women’s marathon, with Ingrid Juchem and Sheralyn Bush taking gold and Lily Jansen and Danielle Bellero picking up the bronze.
In a sign the club is getting stronger, Port Douglas had enough competitors at the event to field two mixed teams in the sprints and marathons.
The club will throw itself back into training now for the next regatta at Flying Fish Point in late August.