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16 Sep 2017 Myall Classic

The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddlers calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September on the last Saturday before the school holidays, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.


Above: Myall Classic marshalling area from the water


Race Report – Naomi Johnson

Tea Gardens really is an idyllic little corner of NSW, and it didn't disappoint on Saturday, with a pink and orange sunrise greeting paddlers arriving early for the 2017 Myall Classic. A stoic crew of volunteers, many of them LCRKers, were up at the crack of dawn to launch safety boats, erect marquees, set up shop and, of course, take beautiful photos of the sunrise! By 7am though, the grass was teeming with paddlers and boats, with veterans of many Classics setting up alongside excited students preparing to take on the challenge for the first time. With three distances and five starts, there was a steady stream of briefings and strings of paddlers making their way onto the water.


Above: The Myall Course 47km return

The first start at 8am was among the biggest, with those planning to paddle the full 47kms at a more leisurely pace than four and a half hours setting out in some 70 singles and doubles. The tide was thundering out, and all steeled themselves for a hard slog up to Mungo Brush and the top turn. With camera in hand at the 6km turn, Ian reported that most paddlers were still in good spirits at the end of their first forty or fifty minutes. However some had perhaps been a little optimistic about their abilities, and the final 8am-starting boat to reach the mark took 2h 17min, wisely deciding to transfer to the 12km course and head for home!

Those in the 9am start leapt off the line with an energy set to defy even the strongest of tides. Sisters Naomi and Sophie Johnson almost missed the start all together, accidentally jamming their rudder wire into a readjusted footplate and extracting it with only minutes to spare. Leading the pack, the phalanx of Toby Hogbin/Andrew Love, Matt Blundell, Brett Greenwood powered up the river in formation past the 6km mark at 0h 30min and then back down the river in exactly the same formation past the 6km some two hours and forty three minutes later.


Above: The 'phalanx' powering home

Above: Jason and Kim wondering what they've signed up for


Those paddling the 27 and 12km courses had the opportunity for a more leisurely morning, with starts at 10, 11 and 11:30am. Though they might have had the time for an extra coffee, all noticed that the winds were gradually getting stronger, even blowing a few student doubles round to face downstream within metres of the 10am start.

Though not quite as summery as last year, the course wound upstream through camping grounds and then densely forested banks. Twisting and turning round great loopy bends, it was easy to lose sight of the boats ahead, only to hit the next corner and be almost on top on them. Those with a keen race plan quickly drew together into wash packs, taking full advantage of any possible rest as the tide continued to sweep out. Thankfully, the top turn of both the 47km and 27km courses provided some relief, with paddlers finding themselves with the tide for a while rather than against it, at least for a while. Back down through the sheltered river and then out onto the broad water of the final few kms, it was clear the wind had if anything got stronger. Every stroke counted, especially when the still-low tide presented surprise sand bars and weed enough to trap a fleet of boats.


Above: Smiles from David H on the way upstream

Barely an hour's rest back at Tea Gardens, and the finish line was open from 12:30pm. A strong show of LCRKers in the entries was reflected in great racing across all the course distances. Over 12kms, Ann Lloyd-Green was first across the line in the Masters 50+ Women's, while Anjie Lees came 2nd in the Open Women's alongside all her work on the rego desk in the morning.

Over the 27km distance, it was 1st and 2nd for David Coward and Peter Conway in the Open Men's, while Derek Simmonds came 9th in an impressively large field of 14 in the Masters 50+ Men's. Rumour is that he did the 'usual' morning paddle from his Hawkes Nest holiday digs before the start, and then headed home by boat afterwards as well. Also a 1st/2nd affair was the Masters 50+ Doubles, where Warwick Sherwood and Greg Morris pipped the newly-formed duo of Matt Swann and Wade Rowston by about five minutes. Despite vowing that she hadn't spent any time in a boat, Roz Green put in a fantastic effort to finish 2nd in the Masters 50+ Women's, and a big well done to Elke van Ewke for her 2:14:25 paddle of a little under 27kms which had all the timekeepers convinced she'd outdone David Coward!


Above: Greg and Warwick amusing the photographers

Above: Richard B still cheerful after 40kms


For those who paddled the full 47km distance, there were a number of big trophies up for grabs. Matt B's ever-speedy finish in the Open Men's ensured that nobody else was getting their name on the Mike & Shirley Eggleton Trophy for another year, and Suzie Rhydderch put in a phenomenal effort (which possibly included wash-riding a speed boat?) to win both the Open Women's race and the Murray & Liz Reece Trophy for the fastest women's boat. Darren Williams stormed home with son Reece to win the Vet-Junior Doubles Trophy in a field that will hopefully continue to see keen interest, while Toby Hogbin and Andrew Love teamed up to win with Sladecraft Trophy for fastest double, along with the speediest outright time for 47kms.

Also in the Open Men's, Brendan Trewartha finished 5th, Rodrigo Matamala 6th and Trevor Nicols 9th in a strong field of 14 paddlers. Tim Binns and Alanna Ewin were the fastest mixed double pair, finishing 3rd in the Open Doubles category ahead of Richard Yates/Craig Ellis (5th), Robert Hiley/John Rowberry (7th) and Jason Han/Kim Navera (9th) paddling a double outrigger. Good way to test a friendship? Naomi and Sophie J took out the rather slim field in the Open Women's Doubles, while Meg Thornton was the single Masters 50+ Woman to complete the 47km course – a stellar performance. Finally, the ever-popular Masters 50+ Men's race saw no fewer than 26 competitors, with LCRK paddlers Craig Salkeld (16th), Richard Barnes (18th) Jeff Hosnell (19th), David Hammond (20th), Phil Geddes (23rd) and Adrian Clayton (25th).


Above: Suzie Powering her way to Open Women's victory

Above: The Williams team in the Vet-Junior Doubles


Congratulations to all who paddled – it really was a tough race for both body and mind. Whether we achieved goals or were a little short of them, the Myall is a great test for the upcoming Hawkesbury Classic, proving just how sore we can be after a few hours in the boat! A huge thank you to Tony Hystek and his team of tirelessly enthusiastic volunteers who dedicated hours, days and weeks of their time to making sure that the race ran without a hitch.

Since I've only got one pair of eyes, which for the best part of five hours were fixed on my sister a metre in front, here are a few other stories from the day:


Above: Richard and Craig on a flying visit

Timing is Everything – Richard Yates

Craig (my FIFO paddler) braved the winds at Mascot aboard a Boeing 737 only to face stronger winds on Saturday's homeward paddle. We enjoyed a collegiate start with two other double skis forming a triumvirate across the narrow waters. Chris Quirk and a fast hipster in a horizon rocket (well he had a beard and he was quicker than us) hung onto the side wash in singles.

Stroke for stroke we matched each other 'til the top turn, then we leapfrogged one another home. Two boys in a stellar ski turned on the gas about 14km out and like mother Hubbard our cupboard was bare so away they went. Perhaps driving up on the morning for the early start took its toll. The tide pushed us home and despite the head and cross wind we finished fashionably on time for the finish to open at 12:30pm. Timing is everything.

We bolted back to Sydney so FIFO could make his connection. Thanks to Murphy the flight was delayed due to mechanical issues, and Craig of course offered to fix the plane with some spare gaffa tape.


Above: Adrian with a newly fixed rudder cable

Rudder Cables, Tides and Wind – Adrian Clayton

Unfortunately I was unable to give my all to the Classic due to a snapped rudder cable two minutes into the 8:00am start. A return to the start to enlist some aid jerry-rigging the rudder system had me heading off 30 minutes after the start in a despondent state. It was a lonely paddle up the river against the flow. The only company I had from the Engels Reach mark (where I gave serious consideration to turning back) until the top mark were the later starting flyers who started passing me well before I reached the Brasswater. Shortly after rounding the top mark I started overtaking some of the 8:00am starters and this lifted my spirits. Another bonus was the surface flow that continued downstream much further than I expected (my downriver time was more than 8 minutes faster than my upriver time). The sting in tail was my rudder proving to be almost ineffective countering the wind coming across the broad expanse at Shearwater and I’m told my protestations (to put it mildly) could be heard some distance away!


Above: Jeff almost there with his 47km K1 challenge

K1 for all weathers? – Jeff Hosnell

I did the 47k in my green K1 and got a shock at the start, finding that only myself and the guns were paddling them. I know why now, it was bloody hard with lots of support strokes. Nerve racking, and not enjoyable at all. Also had trouble with a leaky drink bladder, running out with 20kms to go. Asked the rescue team at the 27km turn if they had any water, they gave me two bottles, and it got me to the finish line. I can tick this of my bucket list now!


Above: Tim and Alanna, 2nd from the right

47km debut – Alanna Ewin

Having never paddled together, and with Tony’s encouragement, Tim Binns and I entered the 47km Open Doubles. A couple of runs together at Lane Cove suggested the combination worked, and indeed race day proved it! My synch wasn’t as good as with Tony (sorry Tim), as Tim rated much slower. But this was to my advantage – my arms got a lot less tired and miraculously I didn’t suffer any fatigue.

This sort of distance is new to me, and I wasn’t keen, but we had a corker of a paddle together, achieved a very respectable time and had a good time doing it! We started cautiously, taking it easy off the start, cruising up the river with a few other paddlers. Tim was struggling to contain his enthusiasm, and once we spotted a pack ahead we made it our mission to catch them. The idea was to washride them for a bit of a break, but we caught them just before the turn buoy, where refuelling plans broke up our group and we ended up headed for home with a single and a few doubles. It came down to a final kilometre sprint with them that went in our favour.

The most striking thing about my experience was enjoying paddling with a group for the entire race. I’m usually paddling on my own (or our own with Tony) and have never experienced the encouragement of group paddling, how fast it makes the day go and how much incentive the company gives you to get cracking. It was thoroughly enjoyable and despite the tides and winds, we simply had a great fun race!


Above: Matt and Wade with the scenic course

Wind for Two in the 27kms – Wade Rowston

The 11am start only had about 12 boats in it and I was in the back seat of the double with Matt Swann. By then the wind was almost a gale from the west and the tide was ripping out. Most started shakily, except for Dave Coward and Peter Conway who cruised off into the distance seemingly unaffected by the wind and tide. The first 3 or 4kms were no fun at all, with a strong gusting wind from the left and big side chop in the broadwater areas, and it was a demoralisingly slow paddle against the tide all the way to the 27km turning buoy. We began to spot 47km paddlers heading home. None seemed happy, except for cheery Richard Barnes, though even he seemed to be only about 70% of his usual chipper self, and Matt B who probably hadn't noticed the tide at all he was going at such speed.

It took us about 1hr 35mins to get to the turning buoy, and while most thought the tide change was due at around 12:30pm, it was still flowing out as we rounded the buoy. We had a good ride home, with slackening winds and chop on the broadwater area spurring us on for the final few kms. We had to sprint at the end to stop one of the singles sneaking away but still like most other paddlers were much slower than we had initially hoped.


Above: Safety boat captain Ian finds himself in a photo!

View from the rubber ducky - Paul van K

Firstly, it needs to be known that Ian W and I were on the water much longer than any paddler: 7:30am to 3:00pm. OK, OK, we were generally lolling about but about a thousand photos were shot.

Our role had two stages and two elements:

Stage 1 at the 6km turn The paddlers: the highlight was the smiles and silly expressions of joy from many paddlers and the grim determination of the others. Most smiles came from the university and school paddlers but I do recall eliciting great smiles from Richard B (of course, and he even crossed over the river for a smile and a chat), Anjie, Darren and Reece, Annie L-G, Rozanne G, Elke, Dave H, Peter C, Derek and both Jeff J and Matt S/Wade R (sort of). Wazza S wins my silly-expression-of-joy award and he did it while he and Greg M were maintaining a great pace. No smiles from Matt B, Andrew L, Toby H, Dave C, Suzie R and such serious types but it was great to watch them at pace, both against and with some tide. The quiet smiles from the tired 12km paddlers turning back with the tide was also a joy to see.

The rubber ducky crew: a bit cold initially but protected from the early winds at our own private picnic ground.

Stage 2 at the broad water (as distinct from the Broadwater) with the afternoon cross-wind up The paddlers: not too many smiles but much determination amongst the experienced paddlers and eyeball rolling hope from those struggling to finish. No rescues required.

The rubber ducky crew: now getting a bit cold and wet as we patrolled the gaps between the little islands that provide some wind protection. Escorted the last school/double home.


Above: Idyllic views despite the wind as Rodrigo catches a ride with Matt and Wade


Message from the Race Director


Above: Tony tucks into a Classic Big Breakfast the morning after

The Myall Classic couldn’t run without LCRK. Big statement, but without the selfless assistance of LCRK club members, we wouldn’t be set up in time, process the entries, ensure cars were put where they belong, crew the safety boats and pack up everything afterwards.

Toby Hogbin hand crafted and donated yet another set of magnificent trophies for our winners. Paul VK ensured Ian Wrenford maintained focus on photography at the 6km turn – a hefty task with some 280 paddlers to capture on camera. Roger Deane kept tabs on SMS messages from the safety boats, putting the Uni students to shame with his dextrous thumbs. Anjie Lees served up a storm of number boards and wristbands at the rego desk, while Alanna Ewin did all the shopping and prepared lunches to keep the volunteers happy and energised. Phil Geddes helped with all number of things as befits a man of his talent, then paddled 47km, got out, and helped pack everything up again. Remarkable. A similar donation of assistance from Matt Swann kept things moving during setup and packup. Anjie’s Clay piloted the top turn IRB with Newy's Ian Davey, from Mungo Brush down to Brasswater and back, reporting all paddlers made the top turn by 11.30am and apparently getting a spot of fishing in along the way.

Once again, LCRK performed generously and beyond all expectation. Thank you all.

Tony H


July 2017 Tony Carr's Venice Trip

Just another Wednesday …

Most of us know that Tony Carr runs the kayak touring and training company Freedom Outdoors. He has 2,500 paddlers on his books and organises day trips around Sydney, weekends away and longer trips to Fiji, New Zealand, Ningaloo Reef in WA, Antarctica and soon, Croatia.

LCRK Wednesday night regular Adrian Clayton helps Tony with many of his trips and a number of LCRK members have taken part in them.

Tony has just returned from running back-to-back trips in Italy. LCRKer Richard Diaz accompanied Tony on one of these and on a recent Wednesday they paddled the canals and lagoon in Venice. “We got special permission to kayak the Grand Canal and that was quite a thrill,” said Tony (see pic, Tony with back to camera). The groups went on from there to Parma, the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre National Park, Elba Island and Florence. Next year Tony has trips planned to Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand, Ningaloo Reef, Fiji, Italy again, Croatia and possibly the Antarctic. If you’d like to get onto Tony’s mailing list, email him at tonycarr@ozemail.com.au


Above: Time trials in Venice - Tony Carr

21 July 2017 LCRK AGM

The LCRK AGM was held last Friday 21 July at North Ryde RSL with around 40 in attendance. The 'AGM' part of the evening took under an hour with the rest of the meeting devoted to more social pursuits.

In terms of the 2017-18 Committee - the 'executive' roles were picked up by Phil Geddes (Prez), Duncan Johnstone (Vice Prez), Alanna Ewin (Secretary) and John Duffy (Treasurer). And the 'ordinary' roles were picked up by Wade Rowston, Rich Yates, Louise White, Tracey Hansford, Paul van Koesveld, Oscar Cahill, Ian Wrenford. (hope I didn't forget anyone there!!)

A special welcome to incoming committee Tracey Hansford and Louise White who'll provide some necessary balance to proceedings.

And extra special thanks to outgoing Committee Members Jeff Tonazzi, Ruby Ardren, Don Johnstone for the time and effort they have put in (and still will!!).

There were a couple of annual awards made:-

1. Media Award (for contribution to all the 'content' LCRK produces)

  • Awarded to Naomi Johnson - for her prompt and interesting reports on the Marathon Series races (and all the other regular report too!!).
  • And also Ian Wrenford for many of the weekly TT reports, and the series of local history articles.

2. Vivid Award (for our annual 'light show' accompanying the Sydney Vivid festival)

  • Awarded to Oscar Cahill for his psychedelic LED kayak lighting (self-programmed!), and the above-water and below-water lighting on the pontoon on the evening.

June 2017 - NSW Community Sports Awards - awards for paddling Volunteers

See copy below of a report on the above event from the PNSW Facebook page 1 July 2017. Winner Roger Deane is of course a Life Member of LCRK and has been heavily involved with our Club (as well as his other pursuits) for many years/decades. Congrats to Roger, and also to Robert and Nick!!

Congratulations to three of our wonderful volunteers. Robert Walker, Roger Deane and Nick Naughton were recognised for their outstanding service to paddling at this week's NSW Community Sports Awards held at Parliament House.

Robert - Finalist in Community Sport Administrator of the Year category for his innovative and very successful Beginner's program at River Canoe Club.

Roger - Official of the Year finalist and integral to the Hawkesbury Classic for 17 years. Our premier starter at so many state sprint races.

Nick - Mr Central Coast Canoe Club. Over 65 years of significant and passionate involvement in our sport. A humble recipient of the Distinguished Long Service Award and Nick was quick to acknowledge the wonderful support of wife Margaret too.

Thank you all for your magnificent contributions, and indeed to all our volunteers in each and every club and paddlesport. It is great to see PaddleNSW on the podium sharing the limelight with other back-page sports. Enjoy your time on the water folks and remember to thank our volunteers next time you paddle.


Above: Robert Walker, Roger Deane and Nick Naughton receive awards - with Peter Tate. Photo: PNSW


10-12 June 2017 Riverland Marathon (South Australia)


Above: Riverland Lock

The Riverland Paddling Marathon (RPM) has been hosted by the Marathon Canoe Club of SA since 1988 - and is a series of 6 possible events over 3 days on 1 weekend in the chilly month of June. LCRK entrants were Rich Yates, Tony Hystek, Alanna Ewin, Craig (in a Double-ski relay). Kyla Johnstone, Tim Binns and Dave Hammond (Double 200), Tom Simmat 200. Meg Thornton 200, Richard Barnes and Linden Barnes in Kermit (Double 200).

'Live' race reports, initially on Facebook have been brought over to this web page as they arrived.


Above: River on arrival Photo: DJ

As can be seen from the table below - there were some great results including 1st outright, 1st double and also acknowledging all those who completed the iconic event!


Thu 8/6/17

3pm Duncan J. "Great, we'll be there. Looking forward to seeing everyone. For all you jet setters, we've almost reached Goulburn on our trek west. U don't know what you're missing!"

5pm Duncan J. "Just out of Gundagai. What a gorgeous evening. Crisp 12 degrees. Love the winter"

5:30pm Alanna E "We've just landed in Adelaide. It's raining!! You guys are making me miss that road trip - but not the Sydney traffic Dave, or the bad back it always gives me. We just have to tell them by Saturday about dinner. I'll book us all in!"

9pm Dave H. "We're at the dog on the tucker box but our meal is not worth a photo. Good night all. We have an hour or so to go for today"

Fri 9/6/17

8am Christine S. "Hi all. We left Sydney 6pm on wed night to avoid traffic. Stayed o'night in the Jugiong Showgrounds ( we are grey nomads now). Last night at Hay caravan park, Vonnie and Michael? from the kayak club near the airport are here also travelling to the race. Our gypsy van makes life very social. Everyone wants to have a chat."

6pm Duncan J "Wishing you all a wonderful and enjoyable RPM200/100 tomorrow. Another amazing 3 days on the most beautiful part of the mighty Murray await you. Fair weather and fair winds. I look forward to cheering you all on the river. Go LCRK!"

Sat 10/6/17

RPM Day One (from our local correspondent: Rich Yates)
After a loooong drive to Waikerie (or a not so long drive and flight for the FIFO paddlers) day one is an early start on the chilly banks of the mighty Murray. Registration happened in the dark while the starter loaded the starters rifle with 100 grains of buckshot.

Today we were treated to a full moon setting as the first start lined up. Meg, in a very selfless gesture tested the temperature of the water with a quick dip and could confirm that the water was as cold as it looked.

The first leg of 12k was like a quick Wednesday night TT as a warm up for the day. Staggered starts see all the boats of various speeds arrive at the lock in close proximity.

The second leg of 27km saw all the boats leave the swirling waters of the lock together. The fleet is diverse with plenty of singles, skis, doubles, c1s and c2s a k4 and a sup. Most are doing the full 200 with Craig, Richard, Tony and Alanna paddling in the 200 relay. Tom Simmat is paddling a ski as is Meg Thornton. Tim Binns and Dave Hammond are in the blue double while the Barneses are showing Kermit the way downriver. Kyla Johnstone is paddling the 100 in the LCRK Club Renegade.

Conditions have been ideal with the worst waves being provided by, ironically, the safety boat. Craig and Richard went toe to toe, literally, with the K4 and swapped some gelcoat. Tim and Dave also made friends with a washriding k1. Predictably Tony znd Alanna ate up the miles in speedy style. Tim and Dave had a blinder finishing in a great time. We are still waiting for official times and results but spirits are high in the whole Lane Cove contingent. Clear skies and cool temps are forecast for tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Above: Dave n Tim into checkpoint


Sun 11/6/17

RPM Day 2 (from local correspondent Alanna Ewin)
Beautiful morning and a warm 3 degree start has smiles on everyone's dials! Lock 3 day 2 Alanna Ewin and Tony Hystek nailed it this morning. Did our 20km Div one time. Boys headed out looking strong. Timothy Binns and David Hammond still hammering along and looking good. Tim's hands a bit second hand. Rich and Lynden happy as Larry - not even cold but can't do the crossword this morning because it's a bit hard with pogies on! Tim Simmatt soldiering on looking a bit cold but found his precious ladder in lock 3 to hold on to so all is well. Meg Thornton cheery and really enjoying the scenery and sunrise. Just another day on the Murray.


Above: Real muzzle-loaded starting guns!!


RPM Day Two (from our local correspondent: Rich Yates)
Day 2 of the RPM saw perfect paddling conditions. A chilly and foggy start had the 200 starters off at dawn for the 20km first leg.The relay K4 switched legs matching up their A crew with Tony and Alanna who had the bit well and truly between their teeth and set a cracking pace as usual.

We could have portaged across the dock as it was full of carp. All the Lane Cove contingent made solid starts and rafted up together waiting for the gates to open.

Leg 2 was another 23km in calm waters with only 1 motor boat to deal with. The wakes are lively and bounce around off the cliffs. No fun for the tippy boats. The second checkpoint was at Devlins Pound, a pumping station on the side of the river. This was also the start for Kyla and the rest of the 100.


Above: Rich & Craig at finish of their last leg Day 2

The last leg into Waikerie is a heartbreaker with the finish just beyond the ferry crossing, paddlers are often stopped within a stones throw of the finish. Tony and Alanna finished as strongly as they started as did Tim and Dave who are outright 2nd, leading the K4 relay team. Some tendon issues for Tim to deal with but I'm sure tomorrow will be a boomer for them. Another solid day for Tom, Meg, Kyla and team Barnes.

We make Race dinner at the Waikerie Club before early nights all round. Race results are hard to find online so we are relying on our own maths at this stage.

''Early pre dawn start tomorrow. Craig lost rock paper scissors with Tony so we get a turn at the start line. Go Lane Cove.''


Above: Tim & Dave off the bow of the 'Princess' PWAAAAAAAAAARRRRRPPP!!!! Photo: MCC SA


Mon 12/6/17

Watch this space!


Above: Alanna and Tony

Above: Dave & Tim -1st full 200km paddlers

Above: Meg finishing!

Above: Richard & Linden Barnes finishing


21-30 Apr 2017 World Masters Games - Auckland NZ

The World Masters Games were held in NZ from 21 to 30 April 2017. A number of LCRKers attended and the results are available from the above link. Attendees include Richard Barnes, Matt Blundell and Tony Carr.

We'd LOVE a report from those who attended!!

10 Apr 2017 - 2017 MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS ANNOUNCED

  • Marathon Worlds website.
  • An extract from their home page: A warm welcome to the on line home of the ICF Marathon Masters World Cup 2017, which will be held at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from 4 to 6 September, in the days before the ICF Marathon World Championships. Pietermaritzburg lies in the heart of a province known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, and we look forward to extending typically warm African hospitality to each and every visitor to this event. In the great Zulu tradition befitting greeting the King, we will recognise all the 2017 title winners in the Zulu language : “Bayete!” Hail the champions!”

As reported by Canoeing Australia: The Marathon World Championship and Masters World Cup Teams have been selected after athletes raced for a spot at the 2017 Canoe Marathon National Championship at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith from 11th to 12th March 2017. Australian Canoeing would like to acknowledge all athletes that competed and nominated for selection on their efforts throughout the event.

Our very own David Young has been selected as part of the Mens Masters Team along with Marc Brehin (SA) John Donkersloot (QLD), Rain Metsoja (QLD), Mark Rickard (QLD) and Neil Thomson (SA).

Congratulations David!!


Above: David in action at the Penrith SIRC earlier this year. Photo: Alanna Ewin


Sat 18 Mar - Deepwater Re-Entry Workshop ***POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER***

LCRK is hosting a free workshop session for Club members. This workshop is designed to help you get back into your own boat in deep water and will be tailored on the day to the boats people turn up in; K1,Sea Kayaks, Ski etc - any boat is welcome.

We will start by doing things in reverse; by exiting our boat the way we would get in. It will also include methods to assist another paddler and methods to empty your boat. People will then pair off to have a go themselves. The training location is initially shallow so paddlers will feel safe and comfortable and able to venture into deeper water as desired.

  • Date: Rescheduled date TBA
  • Time: 8am on the water
  • Location: Narrabeen Lake: Macteir St Narrabeen: Between Walker and Lindley Ave’s
  • Trainers: Tony Hystek and Tracey Hansford. Adrian Clayton TBC
  • Parking: Ample free on street
  • Duration: 1 hr plus practice time as desired
  • Bring: Your boat and life jacket
  • RSVP (watch this space) to:

Sun 5 Mar - Clean Up Australia Day Report

From John Duffy (Coordinator)

A very enthusiastic group of 23 members and their families left no mangrove unturned on Sunday 5 March and extracted a breathtaking 30 huge bags of rubbish from the river and its banks. And that was only between Wirong and the pump station just downstream from the footbridge; just imagine what is still out there along the rest of the river.

I read somewhere over Christmas that these sort of clean-up activities rate near the top of volunteering experiences in terms of feel good and satisfaction indexes; I’m not surprised because while the amount of garbage was somewhat depressing everyone really enjoyed helping out and “giving back” to a river which is the source of so much pride and enjoyment for LCRK.


Above: James, Sophie and Liv with a raft load

Above: Ian hiding behind the 'big stuff'

The surprise collections included a very large plasma TV from the carpark, two chairs, a huge rusty fishing trap, a swing set, a number of large pieces of sheet metal and the obligatory milk crates. I would like to think the dead duck that Richard Yates stuffed into a bag was the result of me hitting it last Wednesday at high speed, but sadly it was more likely due to the poor thing choking on Lane Cove styrofoam.


Above: Oscar and Ciara with an esoteric collection

Above: Alanna, Tony and Duncan (how did the steel get there?)

I would like to thank all these people for helping out; Duncan Johnstone, Jeff Tonazzi, Rodney Walker and his daughter Sophie with friend Liv Hutchinson, Oscar and Ciara Cahill, Don Johnstone, Richard Yates, Phil Geddes (extra thanks to Don, Richard and Phil for cleaning up the dead tree blocking the turn at the Steakhouse), Tony Hystek and Alanna Ewin (and for bringing their rafts), Ian Wrenford, Lee Wright, Karen Darby, Paul van Koesveld, Jana Osvald, Tim McNamara, Adrian Clayton, James Farrell, Matt Swann, and Dave Hammond and his kids. Terribly sorry if I have missed anybody.


Above: Rich returns from duck hunting expedition

Above: More loot

We unfortunately live among litterbugs and we can only do our little bit to help reduce that, but it all counts. Well done to the Clean-up Australia initiative.


Above: Sighted on the way home - a northbound humpback mistaking the freshened up River for the Eastern Australia Current...

State Award to PaddleNSW Chair Tony Hystek

Sport NSW is the industry body for sport in New South Wales - an independent not-for-profit organisation, representing NSW sporting organisations as The Voice of Sport. As part of their activity, Sport NSW hosts the prestigious Sports Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in sport across 16 categories, covering athletes, teams, coaches, officials, organisations, events, organisations, & Distinguished Long Service.

The spectacular Awards Gala Dinner is held in February each year and attracts around 400 guests including the 'who's who' of sport in NSW. At the 2016 Awards Ceremony held on 23 February, Tony Hystek was awarded the Volunteer Director of the Year award for his many activities associated with PaddlesNSW and our sport. Tony was a very deserving winner for all the work he does, and only the second ever winner in our sport, behind Olympic medalist Jessica Fox. The Awards have been held since 1992.

From Pete Tate and the PNSW Website...
At the 2016 NSW Sports Awards held last week, PaddleNSW Chairperson Tony Hystek won the coveted Volunteer Director of the Year Award. Tony has been very busy managing the Myall Classic and the Parra Paddlefest, whilst also chairing the PaddleNSW Board of Management and the PNSW Safety Committee, and leading our representation to NSW Maritime for fairness in lifejacket legislation. Apparently despite all this service on behalf of our members, he still has time to paddle - in marathon, open water and sprint. Tremendous effort Tony

We had another recipient at the gala event in front of 450+ dignitaries, with mercurial volunteer Helen Tongway receiving a Distinguished Long Service Award. It is great to see Helen's outstanding contribution to Burley Griffin Canoe Club, PaddleNSW and AC over 26 remarkable years duly recognised.

In an auspicious evening for our sport on the industry's night of nights, PaddleNSW also had three other finalists for 2016 annual awards. Jessica Fox was narrowly pipped for Athlete of the Year by Rio gold medal sailor Tom Burton. Rio sprinter Dylan Littlehales was a finalist in the Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability category, and Pauline Findlay in the Masters Athlete of the Year category.

Congratulations to all our finalists and we hope 2017 is just as rewarding.


Above: Tony receives the Award

Above:Tony and the Award



Sun 12 Feb - Parramatta Paddlefest LCRK Report

  • Parra PaddleFest Website: here

The inaugural Parramatta Paddlefest was held on Sunday 12 Feb from 3pm to 7pm - a PNSW initiative aimed to to showcase paddling to the community.

It started bright and early, hot and humid with Lane Cove volunteers arriving to set up the water entry slides for boatercross and slalom, and stages for boat access to the river. Ian Wrenford, Adrian Clayton, Richard Yates, Ross Fraser, Wade Rowston, Duncan Johnston, Anjie Lees and Tracy Hansford all got stuck in and pulled it together with guidance from Tony Hystek. Then on to the PA, timing, Lane Cove marquee, signage and a whole lot of bunting, all ready for the big day.

Down the other end of the river, Heidi Cheney and her canoe polo team set up the polo field, and Lynn Parker managed the Come and Try boats for passers-by. The Polo provided non-stop entertainment and come’n’try an opportunity for spectators to get themselves on the water.


Above:Lucien Delfour - 2016 Rio Olympian

As the day cooled down for showtime at 3pm, we saw very impressive contributions from Canoe Polo paddlers, Ros Lawrence’s Slalom crew and Come’n’ Try paddlers dominating the river and making a big splash on the paddling stage. The slalom and boatercross slide entries into the water were spectacular and a whole lot of fun. Well done Tony Hystek with the idea and construction of those slides to give the day the splash it deserved. The slalom paddlers set up a great event course and what an entertaining lot they are! Alternating commentary on each other they showcased their sport with gusto – having the spectators in stitches with their cheeky outlook and fun attitude. Lane Cover’s Duncan, James Farrell, Wade and Naomi Johnson all had a go at boatercross, mounting the slides with trepidation hidden behind excited grins! John Thearle and James enjoyed pushing them down the slides to ensure their quick getaway!


Above: Duncan on the launch ramp

Above: Duncan off the launch ramp

Above: Richard Barnes at left in the thick of the polo

The Canoe Polo was a hoot, with Richard Barnes showing us all how it’s done in style! Naomi, Wade and James got themselves kitted up in polo paraphernalia and had a go too. James learned that keeping a canoe polo boat upright might not be quite as easy as it looks! Games were played throughout the afternoon and the argy-bargy made for a most entertaining show of a great team sport. Once again, the calibre of the paddlers and their cheerful inclusive demeanour did them proud.

Spectators lapped up the opportunity to have a go a kayaking with the Come’n’ Try boats at a premium and queues to get on the water. The catch cry seemed to be ‘is there a club we can do this with in Parramatta’? Tracey Hansford was a champ, helping get new people into boats and paddling around the river with them, giving assistance and good cheer. Dave Hammond, Bruce Goodall and Joy Robinson bought family along to enjoy the day too!


Above: Wade & Naomi boatercrossing

Above: Richard coaching, James, Naomi, Wade

Sprint was a bit light on competitors but certainly entertaining, and the reports from the paddlers was that it was pretty hard work! Roger Deane was our Starting Captain and did a fine job as always, while Anjie, Adrian, Paul VK and John Thearle ensured the Lane Cove paddlers had the benefit of any doubt about timing. Laura White provided an informative commentary, and entries from Jason Han, Wade, Bruce Gynther, Naomi and James helped turn it into an event. Naomi did the girls proud paddling like a champion, coming in first in her field and wining a bit of prizemoney too-boot! Jason provided the canoe sprint showcase holding up well under the conditions, and showed us just how you get back into a canoe and get on with the race! Bruce held his own against some serious competition and the other lads did LCRK proud too.


Above: Wade & Bruce sprint

Above: James & Naomi sprint

Prizemoney totalled nearly $3000 and was distributed amongst the winners of the Slalom and Sprint entrants, who were very pleased to be rewarded for having a go. It was heard by one sprinter that he’d never won so much money! As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

A big shout out to all the Lane Cover’s that put in the hard yards setting up, participating in and packing down this event. Heartfelt thanks come from Tony Hystek who knows this day would not have happened without your participation. And thanks too to those who stayed until well past their bedtimes, helping dismantle and pack into trucks an enormous amount of equipment: Paul VK, Duncan, Naomi, John, Anjie, and Wade. It was a long but rewarding day. Heartfelt thanks too to all the fabulous non-LCRK volunteers who made this day such a great success – there are just too many to mention in this LCRK article, but I will mention Luke Hagan from Southside who championed along with LCRK’s all day from set up to pack down. Invaluable assistance!

I think the flavour of the day was just a whole lot of fun. If you missed it this year, come along next year, bring the family, get them on the water too, and show them what you do best!

Alanna Ewin

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