Port paddlers top effort
“We had a really bad start,” St Pierre said. “The current pushed us toward the outside of the start line and at one stage the starter buoy was right on top of me.
“Our other crew was also right next to us and we ended up hindering each other.”
In the mixed race, the conditions had eased a bit and the combined Port Douglas/ Hekili team of Jansen, Ralph Seed, Keith Vis, Messinger, Monique and Steve Johnston were third.
The 42km change-over Hamilton Island Cup doubling up as the National Change over race was the last race of the weekend.
There were 35 canoes lined up in the extremely calm conditions, and after the first change over, the team started to overtake crew after crew, including a men’s team from PNG. Chasing the master women crew of Mooloolaba in front of them they finished strong , winning a bronze medal in the national change-over title.
“This was the most successful Hamilton Island Regatta ever for Port Douglas,” club president Ingrid Juchem said.
“We had to borrow a new light weight canoe from Hekili (Cairns) to be competitive at this regatta and are now desperately looking for sponsors.”