Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen Race Series 16 March 2021

Photo by Adam Rolls

The final race for the 2020-2021 Paddle n Ski Hadspen race series has been run and the presentations and all important BBQ have been conducted. In some pristine river conditions Phil Nelson got the best of the 4km course to come away race winner by 8 seconds from Phil Barrat, Phil Wadley finished up the Phil Trifecta coming in 30 seconds later. Claye and James had a good battle with Claye coming away with 4th position. Jo made great time around the course and knocked another minute from her personal best time from last week, coming in 6th place. Graeme, Bill and John all had good paddles finishing in that order. Mary, and Richard Pearson also had a paddle but went before and after the race respectively.

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Paddler Gun Time Position
Phil Nelson 20:01* 1
Phil Barratt 20:09* 2
Phil Wadley 20:37* 3
Claye Mace 23:08* 4
James Caspar 23:10* 5
Jo Macqueen 26:46* 6
Graeme 28:22* 7
Bill Williams 29:00* 8
John MacCausland 30:00* 9


A great turn out for the end of season BBQ with around 25 people, and a goat, turning up to catch up on the paddling season we have had and have a relaxing time. Thanks to Amanda for helping organise the BBQ and to April for helping out with the cooking and James and Bron for bringing along some desserts.

A pushy interloper joined the BBQ, Photo by Phil Nelson

Following the BBQ  the perpetual trophy for the series winner for 2020/21 was presented to Bill Williams; Bill had a fantatstic season with a race win and 4 second places amongst his finishes, with improvements most weeks making him very difficult to catch on the points table. Geoff Macqueen was second in the points table with a race win and 3 second places in the second half of the season shooting him up the points table at the right time. In third for the points race was April Nelson, with 2 race wins and a second place and paddling almost every week to build up a solid points score. The points table can be seen at the bottom of the linked page,

Series winner Bill Williams and Series organiser Adam Rolls
Photo by Phil Nelson

The eagerly awaited drawing of the raffle for a $600 discount on a new Stellar Ski from Paddle n Ski and a Hybrid wing paddle from Stellar Kayaks Australia was also held. Raffle tickets are earnt through good deeds (timekeeping, rescues etc.) and improved paddling (personal best times), making this a welcome prize to receive from our amazing sponsors. The winner this year was Phil Wadley with a ticket earnt from a personal best in the final handicap race of the season, congratulations Phil.Paddle n Ski/Stellar Kayaks Australia Raffle Winner Phil Wadley, with Adam Rolls and April Nelson, Photo Phil Nelson

Keep an eye out over winter for the Northern and Southern flat water race series. Paddle n Ski Hadspen races will be back again Mid-October 2021.

See you on the water.

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