Golden feeling for Outrigger Whitsunday members in challenge
OUTRIGGING: Outrigger Whitsunday members had that winning feeling as they took home four gold medals and a silver at an event from Cairns to Port Douglas on the weekend.
The local members won medals in all but one of the events they entered in the 46km Marlin Coast Challenge on Saturday.
With both individual and relay events, the challenge saw competitors race from Yorkeys Knob beach in Cairns and ended at Four Mile beach in Port Douglas.
Club president Nick Bellinger and Terry Kemp took home gold in the OC1 relay category, while Mark Bell took gold and Henri Mauri won silver in the OC1 marathon event.
Husband and wife team, Steve and Michelle Lynes took out the senior master mixed OC1 relay event, while Angie Corcoran and Darrell Thoroughgood came through with the goods to take gold in the open mixed OC2 marathon.
Whitsunday Outrigger head coach Blair Mitchell also took part in the OC1 open men marathon, but had to pull out of the competition after the first leg due to an existing back injury.
Bellinger was pleased with the efforts of club members in conditions he labelled as not ideal.
“There were very light winds, flat conditions and it was very hot. You want gusty downwinds and big surf conditions,” he said.
However, he was confident in the club’s chances before the race.
“We’ve had a pretty good year,” he said.
“We’ve been a very competitive club this year, so it was no surprise we did so well at this event.”
The competitors were on the water between four and six hours during the challenge.
Among the four stops during the race was Wangetti Beach, the site where murdered woman Toyah Cordingley’s body was found on October 22.
After all paddlers arrived at the beach, paddlers paused for one minute’s silence to pay tribute to her.
Saturday’s event was the fourth in a five-race Wai Puhi Series.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Outrigger Whitsunday members at the Marlin Coast Challenge on Saturday.