to complete, and where longer distances are involved it’s often a changeover race format where paddlers are frequently rotated in and out of the canoe to allow them to rest and recover.
In the GBROC, the competitors have no such luck, as the same crew members who start the race must complete the entire 40km in anywhere between three to six hours, rehydrating and fuelling their bodies as they go.
Port Douglas Outrigger Club president Ingrid Juchem expected plenty of thrills and spills.
‘‘This is a very unique race with the distance and the scenery and the fact that all races will being together,’’ she said.
‘‘It is going to be a fun mayhem at the start, but it will spread out pretty fast.
‘‘It is special to us because it is on our home turf.
‘‘Finishing on our beach we really hope to do well.
‘‘We are all feeling prepared but with the weather and 200 competitors, we are expecting competition to be tough.’’
Head to Four Mile Beach and make some noise as the competitors from the three events cross the finish line on Four Mile Beach from 9am and celebrate with them afterwards at the Port Douglas Surf Club.