Outrigger canoeists battle rough seas in Raby Bay

The Bayside Outrigger Canoe Club hosted Race Five of the 2014 South Queensland OC1/2 Series, at Raby Bay Beach on Masthead Drive, on Saturday.

There were more than 200 entries for the day, with 89 entries in the first race, and more than 70 juniors racing during the day.

Conditions were gusty and challenging, with paddlers successfully braving the wind and swell until the last race of the day.

Bayside Outrigger Club's reputation for hospitality shone through, with fresh food and coffee keeping paddlers content during the day.

Bayside's sole Golden Master (60+) Greg Gibbards finished strongly in his first OC1 race in tough conditions.

Bayside's junior paddlers again kept their record of podium finishes throughout the season intact.

Results:

K Hailey/K Niblett 1st 12+ Under Girls OC2.

K Hailey 1st 12+Under Girls V1.

Claire Hitchen 2nd 12+ Under Girls OC1.

Ashton Cullen, Reid Wilson 2nd and 3rd 14+ Under Boys V1.

Patrick Mason, Terehutai Wilson 3rd and 4th 12+ Under Boys OC1.

Zach Cullen 6th 14+ Under Boys OC1.

Meanwhile, eight junior paddlers from Bayside Outrigger Canoe Club competed in the Australian Junior Marathon Outrigger Titles held at Lake Kawana in September.

The team performed exceptionally against teams from all states, with five entering every race, placing the club fifth on the points board.

The paddlers came home with eight medals for the National Marathon Titles nine in the top five and 15 in the top 10.

Bayside Outrigger Canoe Club is located in Cleveland, and focuses on fun, fitness, pride and respect.

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