Plenty of medals to add to tall tales for local outrigger crews
PADDLERS from the Port Douglas Outriggers Club came home from two different regattas with a total of seven medals and plenty of great stories to tell last weekend.
At the 40km Gold Coast Cup at Coolangatta, Faye Lilley won gold in the senior master division and joined Wendy Morris in teaming up with crews from Northcliffe and Burley Heights.
Meanwhile in Townsville, 18 more paddlers attended Round 2 of the Grand Prix series.
Danielle Bellereo, Mia Messinger, Cecily Ridderhof, Lili Jensen Jacky Cooke and Monique Johnston won silver in the Master Women’s 18km race and gold in the sprint.
Glen Thorp collected a bronze medal in the open men’s and Bill Ridderhof landed a silver medal in the golden master men’s OC1 category, with Justin Whyte placing fifth in the master men’s.
Another silver medal went to Mia and Monique in the Master Women’s OC2 class.
At their first ever regatta, Jennifer Pate, Kelly King, Winnie Shimona and Kim St Pierre together with Sonja Jordan and Steere Ingrid Juchem placed seventh in the open 18km race and fifth in the sprint.
“The girls did a great job. The first regatta is always hard but now we can build on this,” club coach Ingrid Juchem said.
The open men’s crew of Bill Ridderhof, Glen Thorp, Justin Whyte, Tim Ellis and novice Lee Foster and Mick Botomsky had a fantastic fifth place in the sprint and completed the 18km race with a strong finish.
Luke Simons then joined up with five other paddlers to form the open-mixed crew competing in a 6km and 500m sprint race.
The club is now looking forward to compete at the upcoming Great Barrier Reef Challenge on May 26, a 40km downwind race from Palm Cove to Port Douglas.