The Hadspen race series kicked off with an introduction to the course night on a beautiful warm sunny night, with a heap of platypus splashing about. Thirteen paddlers attended, 8 Hadspen first timers, a few skis and race kayaks, a sea kayak, a creek boat and even a double sea kayak. It was great to see some new faces on the Hadspen course and I hope to see you all again next week.
Next week will be the first race in the series and will be a time trial, with everyone setting off at 6:30pm to set a time for the upcoming handicap races. All three distances will be on offer for those who want to ease into the 6.5 km. If you can’t make Tuesday 20th October don’t worry we can have you paddle a time trial race at any time during the season, once you have a base time we can set a handicap and you can be a a part of the points series.
The entry fee for the 19 race season is $20, or $3 per race, all the race dates are available here. Please make sure you are a paid up member of an Australian Canoeing affiliated club (Tamar Canoe Club and Launceston Paddling Club are the local options) I can take forms and money for Tamar Canoe Club on the night.
I am hoping that we will have enough paddlers volunteer to time keep so that no one has do it more than once, so I will be bringing out a roster next week to volunteer yourself for a week that you would be happy to time. There might be occasions when your not feeling up to paddling but you could come out and time keep and we can get more people on the water, it will be much appreciated.
We have been lucky enough this season to have Paddle ‘n’ Ski come on board as a sponsor, giving us a great paddle and a sizable discount off a new ski as a prize. To give everyone a chance to win the prize it will be a raffle with the number of tickets you have in the raffle based off how many personal bests you achieve over the season. The more you improve the more chances to win.
Hope to see everyone out on the river paddling soon.