Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day to host North Qld Zone Re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

OUT­RIG­GER: More than 150 pad­dlers from all over Queens­land are ex­pected to de­scend on the Whit­sun­days for the North Queens­land Zone Outrig­ging Re­gatta this Satur­day.

To be held at the Air­lie Beach la­goon beach, in be­tween the la­goon and the Co­ral Sea Re­sort, the re­gatta will be the fourth round of the Queens­land Grand Prix se­ries.

The bless­ing of the com­plete fleet will take place at 6.30am fol­lowed by a se­ries of 2km and 4km OC2 races. At 9.50am the brief­ing of the OC6 and ju­nior OC1 re­lay fleet will pre­cede com­pe­ti­tion in events rang­ing from 500 me­tre races all the way up to the 12km pad­dle.

Trea­surer of Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day Gina Bellinger said the club was look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing day of rac­ing.

Pad­dlers from Cairns and Rock­hamp­ton are ex­pected to race.

Bellinger said the home re­gatta would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Whit­sun­day pad­dlers to com­pete against other clubs and, for many new mem­bers to the club this year it would be their first re­gatta.

“Pad­dling is great fun, it’s great car­dio, low im­pact with very little chance of in­jury,” she said.

The re­gatta is one of seven for the year in the North Queens­land Zone.

For spec­ta­tors, the event to watch will be the mixed marathon in the OC6 class which will get un­der way on Satur­day 22 from 1.05pm from the la­goon beach.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

PAD­DLE ON: the North Queens­land Zone Outrig­ging Re­gatta will be held this Satur­day.

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