Port pad­dlers top ef­fort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

“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.”

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