PNSW MArathon Series #6 - Lane Cove - Sun 23 May 2021

Welcome to Lane Cove River Kayakers hosting of Round 6 in the 2021 PNSW Marathon Series. Many paddlers would recall the fun we had at the 2019 LCRK Doubles Round with 86 doubles, 53 singles and 225 paddlers! Well it’s on again - this year incorporating the State Doubles Championship. We offer an interesting 10km deepwater course starting upstream in a mangrove lined stretch of the Lane Cove River, opening out to the waterfrontages of Hunters Hill and Linley Point, with distant views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the bottom turn.

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Above: RMS tides


  • After parking your car – please transfer your boat straight to the marked area for your Start in the staging area.
  • Each Start has an allocated staging area – please use the correct staging area for your Division
  • Register &/or collect your number per normal.
  • There will be no Race briefing - entrants will have received this pre-race and are EXPECTED to have READ
  • Each Start will be staged to the pontoon for launching. This is being done to minimise the risk of pontoon bottlenecks and associated frustrations. Please be ready to launch EARLY when your Start is called.
  • First Start is expected at 9:30am (div 6/7), then 10am (div 1) then intervals of 2 to 3 minutes (larger starts will require larger interval to ensure all are launched etc).
  • BBQ, food and drinks will be on sale throughout the event

Safety boats will be deployed across the course including three powered boats. LCRK volunteers will be in attendance to assist throughout the event. A life jacket is mandatory and footwear is recommended for all paddlers.

The course map is as shown below (or click on the link above for a zoomable version).

As can be seen from the map, the Lane Cove River has lots of twists and turns, and sections which are navigable at high but not low tide. Last year course length was 'just right' - due to it being set with both separation buoys and ALSO with Hazard buoys which are part of the course. The Hazard Buoys are black and white striped - signifying no corner cutting, do not go shoreside!

There wil be a portage which will be conducted on a midstream sandbar on the return leg from the bottom turn - both 1st and 2nd lap. Map shown below - bottom turn is to the right of the map. Footwear is recommended:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lane Cove River Kayakers is a racing and fitness paddling club based at Rotary Athletics Field, Lane Cove North, Sydney. We meet every Wednesday evening throughout the year setting out from 6.25pm for a 12km, 9km or 6km time trial on tranquil Lane Cove River.

We have a strong membership base (over 130) with a broad range of ages and a reputation of being a relaxed and friendly club. While competitive on the water we are at all times very supportive of one another.

LCRK has established itself as one of the most active marathon paddling clubs in NSW with high levels of participation in events such as the:

Amongst its many achievements the club is a regular winner of the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic’s Commonwealth Bank Cup, with members holding several class records.

Members also participate in harbour racing and sprint events and internationally in endurance races such as the Yukon River Quest (Canada) and the Fish River Marathon (South Africa) and in associated sports like multi-sport and adventure racing.