LCRKers and the 2016 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic

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HCC Dates: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

'The Classic' was Started by NSW Outward Bound Ex Students Association in 1977. It always runs overnight close to the full moon in late October or early November starting at Windsor and finishes at Mooney Mooney. In 1977 the race had 250 paddlers and raised $8,500 for the Arrow Foundation. In 2016 the 40th anniversary of the race, the aim is to approach previous peaks of 600 paddlers and fundraising exceeding $300,000. Those paddlers just wanting to have a fun and social evening can enter the Brooklyn or Bust or Dash classes whilst the more competitive paddlers challenge themselves to beat previous records or their own PB's.

Above: Some of the LCRK participants at Windsor in 2016

Lane Cove Hawkesbury Heroes - 2016 Results


2016 Support jobs and volunteers

Thank you Volunteers!

Volunteer's NameLocationJobComment
Naomi JOmnipresentWrite race report 
Jeff HosnellFrom Shed to WindsorTransport club stuff from the shed 
Jeff Hosnell and Tony CarrWindsorSet -up marquee, table, chairs etc"We'll be setup by around 8:00am"
Tony CarrWindsorSell Club caps and shirts and issue club cylumes"Wear a white cap on the water
Get your land crew to wear a club shirt or cap"
Jana, Ian, Nigel, Oscar, David YWindsorPhotos 
Ken Holmes, Ross Fraser, Jeff Hosnell, Tony Carr and anyone still aroundWindsorTake down marquee, clear club site, pack cars 
Ken Holmes, Ross FraserWindsor/WisemansTransport marquee, table, chairs, etc to Wisemans 
Louise WhiteSackvillePaddler checklist and arriving paddler lookoutGood eyes and operates radio
Don RowstonSackvilleCoordinator|Meeting point, supports LCRK sign and flag, announces paddler arrival to land crews 
Peter Harris with NettieSackvilleBoat handling coordinator/checklist coordinator, also with radio to find landcrewsAssists land crew at beach
Jana Osvald & OscarSackvillePhotos 
Tony Carr, Kyle WilsonSackvilleLibero 
Andrew in Tony Hystek's vanWisemansDirect transportBring clock/battery, hose, BBQ gas bottle(s), tables (2), folding chairs, urn, toolbox
Andrew, Ken and RossWisemansSetup marquee, clock, lights generators, etc. at Wisemans site 
Meg Holmes & Sue FraserWisemansPaddling checklist, arriving paddler lookout, departing paddlers list 
Andrew and JoanneWisemansSPECIAL free catering for LCRKers 
Jana OsvaldWisemansPhotos 
Ross FraserWisemansBoat Handler 1"Mud lark" or cold water lark organising/supporting land crews
Ken HolmesWisemansBoat Handler 2"Mud lark" or cold water lark organising/supporting land crews
Kyle WilsonWisemansBoat Handler 3"Mud lark" or cold water lark organising/supporting land crews
John Greathead, Tony Walker, Sue Fraser, Tony Carr & Ian WrenfordWisemans"Libero"Coordination/Assistance across all roles until 10:30ish
Andrew and everyone still thereWisemansTake down and load all itemsAbout 1am
AndrewWisemans to home (next day)Transport all items1am onward
Tim Hookins, Tim McNamaraMooney MooneyClub member welcome (with LCRK flag) and assistance, some videofrom arrival at Deerubbin Reserve until at least after peak paddler arrival period
Jeff TonazziMooney MooneyPhotos +1:00 am onwards
Above: LCRK paddlers and support crew at Wisemans Ferry. Photo Jana Osvald 2015

Club Support

At Windsor - From 10am to 6pm

  • LCRK Marquee for shade and meeting point
  • Club shirts and caps for sale
  • Issue of LCRK tokens for ID at Wisemans BBQ
  • Issue paddler, start list and contact list
  • Experts to offer advice, smiles and positive vibes
  • Group photo 2:15PM (Be at the LCRK marquee at 2:10pm)
  • Mandatory race briefing is at 2:45pm
  • Marquee will be moved to Wisemans at 6pm

At Sackville - from 6:30pm until last LCRK paddler through

Radio warning to your land crew of your approach
Lighted LCRK sign to identify our shared meeting point
Shared land crew support in landing and re-launching each paddler
Informal tracking of LCRK craft passing through\\Reminder to paddlers to check out at 2nd Sackville checkpoint

At Wisemans - from 7:30pm until last paddler through

  • LCRK meeting point 40 metres downriver from main launching ramp (see photos below - look for the red electronic timing board used for our Time Trials)
  • LCRK marquee
  • Free catering for LCRK land crew and social HCC paddlers (thanks Andrew MacKay!(
  • Informal tracking of LCRK craft passing through
  • Club support for land crews in landing and re-launching their paddlers
  • Reminder to paddlers to check out at 2nd Wiseman's checkpoint.

Low Tide Pit-Stop

If you need a last stop on your down-river run and succumb to the "sirens", you will, as usual, be offered smiles, "mud angel" landing and re-launching services, sometimes "paddle through" service; fire for warmth; smiles; hot food and drink; and more smiles - this is not a club facility but a wonderful service volunteered annually to all participants. Remember the location this year is about half a kilometre upstream from its former spot shown on the maps –it is at a boat ramp (= less mud!)

2016 HCC 'Calculator'

LCRK is please to provide this Microsoft Excel based 'calculator' which is preloaded with HCC 2016 Tides all the way up to Windsor and incorporating associated tidal and riverine flows (all other things being equal which they never are!!). To use, download the tool, open up Excel, adjust ONLY the yellow shaded cells ie:-

  1. Update your Windsor start time
  2. Update your expected base speed (either constant for whole 100km, or you can slow yourself down as your energy flags)
  3. Adjust your expected stop time (eg if it's 1/2hr then enter as =0.5/24 to keep excel happy!)
  4. The calculator will then derive your ETA at respective checkpoints, including adjustments for current.
  5. The course map (separate worksheet) will be automatically updated and can be printed out on a single A4 page for you &/or your landcrew.
  6. Print out different versions eg at 9km/h, 10km/h, 11km/h base speed - you'll know by your first stop which one you should be using!
  7. How do you work out your base speed? See Tom Holloway's excellent article for more detail but he recommends assuming you paddle at 90% of your time trial speed. Stops are additional as are delays waiting for one or more car ferries. Your average speed overall will probably be around 85% of your time trial speed, all else being equal.


  1. Note that whilst there's a bit of science behind this tool - there are many other important variables in play including wind, river knowledge, washriding etc - which can make the tool a bit of sideshow. Use the tool in conjunction with ALL your planning.

Download the 2016 calculator

For those wanting more detail. The new calculator identifies tides at Fort Denison (HH, LL, H, L), then adjusts that tide all the way up to Windsor some 5-7 hours later. Current patterns have been modelled for 3 sections of the river (between stops) using data from MHL, DPW etc. Your ETA at a particular checkpoint is adjusted based on your base paddle speed and the anticipated current at the time you are travelling. Short or long stops will affect the tide you catch (or are caught by). Further fine tuning CAN be done - but no point over-engineering it, you might be affected by winds, unplanned swims etc. Good luck!

Preparation Reading

General Advice



Stretching/Injury Prevention

Landcrew Advice

Maps & Planning

Garmin GPX Track

  • Unzip, copy into your Garmin, and set to visible using garmin menu.

For planning and safety purposes please note: The HCC is not 111km, it is actually 100km. Also, it does not finish at Brooklyn, it finishes at Mooney Mooney (Deerubbin Reserve)

HCC - Current Class Record Holders

LCRK members past and present currently hold over 20 class records.

K1Vet60+Tom Simmat200911:09:12
K1Ladies Vet60+Ann Lloyd Green201613:57:29
K2Vet50+Bruce Goodall, Jeremy Spear20149:33:57
K4LadiesMargaret Cook, Merridy Huxley, Buzz Powell, Sandra Burwood20069:29:40
K4Mixed Vet40+Margaret Cook, Merridy Huxley, Warren Huxley, Bernard Craggs200810:07:36
K4Mixed Vet50+Margaret Cook, Merridy Huxley, Warren Huxley, Rob Cook201010:18:23
K4Ladies Vet50+Our Rae Duffy with Merridy Huxley, Dee Ratliffe and Clare McArthur201310:53:59
TK1LadiesMargaret Cook198510:44:49
TK2Ladies Vet40+Margaret Cook, Merridy Huxley200310:46:04
Short RecVet50+Tom Simmat20079:58:35
Short RecVet60+Tom Simmat201210:35:24
Med RecOpenToby Hogbin20109:18:22
Med RecLadies Vet50+Rae Duffy201210:55:09
Med RecVet60+Tom Simmat20109:54:05
Long RecOpenBruce Goodall20009:37:50
Long RecLadies Vet50+Liz Winn200810:59.33
Long RecLadies Vet60+Ann Lloyd-Green201314:02:57
Long RecVet50+Bob Turner201410:02:49
Long RecVet60+Tom Simmat20119:59:07
Long Rec 2MixedKristy Benjamin & Bob Turner20128:58:02
Rec 2Vet40+Kenji Ogawa, Genkai So200010:36:34
Long Rec 2Mixed Vet 50+Urs Mader, Arni Mader200710:06:20
Ocean Racing SkiLadies Vet50+Roz Green201512:47:59
Ocean Racing SkiLadies Vet40+Anjie Lees201411:08:12
Ocean Racing SkiVet40+Glen Orchard20168:51:12
Ocean Racing SkiVet60+Tony Hystek20169:06:32
SSK2Mixed Vet40+Joy and Rich Robinson20159:28:31
UnrestrictedOpenToby Hogbin20128:18:19
UnrestrictedLadiesJulie Stanton200610:13:30
UnrestrictedLadies Vet40+Anjie Lees201511:41:14
UnrestrictedVet60+Tom Simmat201610:16:02
UnrestrictedVet70+Adrian Clayton201613:07:24
Unrestricted 2Mixed Vet40+Bruce Goodall, Christine Lalor20078:57:57
Unrestricted 2Vet50+Tony Hystek, Timothy Hookins20078:57:00
SSK2Mixed Vet40+Joy and Rich Robinson20169:05:38

HCC - The Whiddon Trophy (Fastest Time)

  • 2009 Matt Blundell
  • 2010 Matt Blundell

HCC - Participation (incl 2016)

35 or moreRichard Barnes
20 or moreKenji Ogawa
15 or moreMargaret Cook, Don Rowston, Merridy Huxley, Peter Fitzgerald, Tom Simmat, John Duffy
10 or moreMartin Dearnley, Bruce Goodall, Rob Vallis, Warren Huxley, Urs Mader, Derek Simmonds

(go to LCRK's 2015 Hawkesbury Classic Pages)