Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen Race Series 2015-16 Wrap Up

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Bill Williams, winner of the Paddle 'n' Ski Hadspen Race Series with Phil Nelson of Paddle 'n' Ski
Bill Williams, winner of the Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen Race Series with Phil Nelson of Paddle ‘n’ Ski

The Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen race series for 2015-2016 has been run and won, with plenty of improvement and plenty of paddlers getting out and having fun on the water. With 206 race results from 34 different paddlers and about 90 personal bests in those races. Some paddlers knocking minutes off every couple of weeks while other more established paddlers pushed to the limit just to get a personal best.

We had the introduction of a sponsor, Paddle ‘n’ Ski, with Phil and April making the trek up from Devonport most weeks, and giving us a good bit of competition. There was a new trophy up for grabs the perpetual rudder, which all paddlers were vying for. The eventual winner of the handicap series was Bill Williams, who paddled a creek boat every week, he never made it look easy but was always on the improve. Second in the handicap series was Geoff MacQueen, who has improved out of sight from his first few weeks of racing where support strokes were his main stroke, and finished off looking comfortable and fast in his boat. Phil Nelson was third in the handicap series with some big improvement in the back half of the season moving him rapidly up the table. The points table can be seen below all other times can be seen on the main Hadspen page.

Paddler 27-Oct 3-Nov 10-Nov 17-Nov 24-Nov 1-Dec 8-Dec 12-Jan 19-Jan 2-Feb 9-Feb 16-Feb 23-Feb 1-Mar 8-Mar TK and Bonus Total
Bill Williams 10 40 25 50 50 40 25 15 TK 12 8 25 30 40 100 470
Geoff Macqueen 50 50 8 30 15 TK 25 15 40 20 40 100 393
Phil Nelson 25 10 25 12 40 30 40 1 50 8 30 100 371
Colin Locke 30 8 5 20 30 30 30 TK 25 25 10 40 15 100 368
April Nelson 50 12 50 20 8 8 5 15 5 50 100 323
Phil Barratt 20 25 TK 8 30 20 8 1 30 15 12 25 105 299
Claye Mace 40 15 3 3 15 TK 3 5 10 8 25 10 20 100 257
Amanda Chong 1 TK 3 5 50 TK 30 50 100 239
Michael Peters 20 50 15 20 10 20 TK 100 235
Jozina Macqueen 5 20 40 8 10 10 3 TK 1 100 197
Adam Rolls 1 5 1 20 TK 8 12 12 TK 30 TK TK 100 189
Mark Rathmell 25 10 10 TK 12 3 1 3 15 105 184
Ken McLean 40 40 25 20 40 165
Andrew Howell 12 TK 25 15 3 100 155
Dave Allan TK 50 1 100 151
Kamaia Nelson 50 50 100
Sharon Locke TK 100 100
Alex Robinson 1 20 12 1 10 1 15 20 5 1 5 91
Paul Walker 8 15 10 5 12 20 3 5 1 12 91
Tim Chilcott 5 40 12 57
Richard Pearson 15 3 1 5 8 5 10 1 8 1 57
Pete Sebbage 3 1 12 25 10 51
Terry Poole 50 50
Dane’ & Adam 12 30 1 43
Dylan Craw 40 40
Tom Mountney 3 12 15 1 31
James Caspar 30 30
Simon Perraton 30 30
James Down 10 10
Tony Coulsens 1 1 1 3
Dane’ Hill 1 1
Jack Bower 1 1
Ben Verbeeten 0
Bill Ward 0
Blake Miller 0
Donelda 0
Ryan Nelson 0

Paddle ‘n’ Ski also provided a Stellar paddle and Stellar ski discount to giveaway to whoever was worthy. It was decided that an end of season raffle was in order, but you couldn’t buy a ticket you had to earn it. Every time you helped time the race or improved your personal best you got an entry, we ended up with 104 entries. The lucky paddler was Alex Robinson, congratulations.

Series organiser, Adam Rolls, accepting the Stellar Paddle and sski Discount on behalf of Alex Robinson from Phil Nelson of Paddle 'n' Ski
Series organiser, Adam Rolls, accepting the Stellar Paddle and ski discount on behalf of Alex Robinson from Phil Nelson of Paddle ‘n’ Ski

The Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen Race series will be back again in October 2016. In the meantime Phil Nelson is running a fortnightly Handicap race (Sunday 17th April is the next race) on the Mersey river (from Ellimatta Boat Ramp up to the Waterfront Cafe and return) of 6km with shorter and longer options available. The Tasmanian Canoe Club and Derwent Canoe Club both hold winter flatwater race series (5 and 10km options). Tamar Canoe Club also has the Ben Lomond Descent on Sunday August 7th (Go Downhill Grinning). Hopefully we will have some rain so the whitewater paddlers keeping fitness up over summer have something to paddle. There are plenty of events over the winter so there are no excuses to not get out there and have a splash about.