THE Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club paddled their way through the inaugural regatta 2011 racing season last weekend.
The competition was hosted by the newly formed Dam Outrigger Canoe Club at Lake Tinaroo where teams from Port Douglas to Townsville, including 17 local rowers, attended the first regatta in the region.
The first medal of the day came in the Master women OC2 race, with a bronze medal won by Sonya Jordan and Ingrid Juchem.With Faye Lilly winning gold in the senior master women OC1 and Glen Thorp and Justin Whyte bronze in the open men OC2.
Months of hard training in the gym and on the water payed off for the Master Women crew, winning Silver in the 250 meter. skins race, narrowly beaten by the Cairns team from Hekili.
Jackie Cookie, Danielle Bellero, Sonya Jordan, Ingrid Juchem, Cecely Ridderhof and Lili Jensen then went on to win bronze in the 10 km Mara- thon race, missing second place by only 3 seconds.
The senior master women team including Jane Ward, Jennifer Giles, Christine Bouwkamp at the first regatta, Faye Lilly, Leanne Griffith and Wendy Morris dominated their 10 km race winning gold in style.
Glen Thorp, Tim Ellis, Justin Whyte, Kevin Bellero, Bill Ridderhof and steerer Lilli Jensen made up the newly formed Open men’s crew.
Cheered on by the crowed, the team sprinted to the finishing line in spectacular manner beating the more experienced crew from Cairns Beaches by a second to clinch a fantastic 7th place in a very strong field.
Bill Ridderhof won fifth in the Golden master OC1, Justin Whyte won eight in the Master Men OC1, Glen Thorp won fourth in the Open Men OC1, Danielle Bellero and Lili Jansen won fifth in the Master women OC2, Danielle and Kevin Bellero won eighth in the Master Mixed OC2.
Powering on: the Port Douglas masters team