Great grand prix

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

CALM wa­ters and a sunny day greeted the master women team at Townsville on the week­end for Round Two of the Grand Prix se­ries, hosted by Co­ral Sea.

Lead­ing the sprint form the start, Lilli Jensen, Liz Ryan, Monique John­ston, In­grid Juchem, Danielle Bellero and Mia Messinger even­tu­ally got chased down and pushed into sec­ond place by the Cairns team from Hek­ili.

‘‘We had a a very strong start but the lighter ca­noe they were pad­dling just got them the edge over us,’’ steerer Lilli Jansen said.

The af­ter­noon saw the marathon race be­ing due to a de­lay in the pro­gram.

Hek­ili was lead­ing very early with Townsville right be­hind them, leav­ing Cairns Beaches Townsville and Port Dou­glas bat­tling for a place.

Cairns Beaches gained a ca­noe length but our lo­cal crew crawled back and with a smart steer­ing ma­noeu­vre by Lilli just turned in front on the half­way marker.

‘‘Co­ral Sea than over­took us on the re­turn leg, their light­weight ca­noe was just surf­ing bet­ter,’’ Mia Mes­sen­ger said.

‘‘We were fight­ing it our for fourth place over­all with Cairns Beaches, they too were pad­dling in a light­weight ca­noe, but there was no way we would let them go past.

‘‘ We placed sec­ond in the master cat­e­gory, and all that in a ca­noe al­most 100kg heav­ier than our main ri­vals.’’

Monique John­ston dom­i­nated the Master Women OC1 race and Mia and Danielle just missed a place in their OC2 race.

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