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2018 Buoys Race Winner_ Men’s _ Luke Dooley
2018 Buoys Race Winner_ Women’s _ Sam Pilton
2018 Buoys Race Winner_ Plastic_ Rafael Avigad
Race #1 Buoys Race
Wildwater Race #1
Today we held our first race of the Wildwater season for 2018. 30 Paddlers battled it out in 32º heat on the Swan River, in front of the Ascot Kayak Club. The racing was fierce over a gruelling sprint through the flat water obstacle course. Comments from the paddlers indicated that the course was fast with long straights and less turns than usual. Course director Allan Morbey adjusted the course from previous years, by avoiding going around the island, which added some excitement around certain corners. There was a bit of powered boat traffic on the river, causing some paddlers to display some white water bracing skills.
A big congrats to both Sam Pilton and Luke Dooley for taking line honours by defeating a very tough competitive field. Both Paddlers are heading to the National Marathon competition in Adelaide and are in top shape.
One of the best parts of racing is watching new paddlers develop and grow, but today I watched as veteran paddler Terry Bolland smashed through the course in blistering form, and putting on a sprint over the finish line, finishing in the top 10. Terry is a huge supporter of Wildwater paddling and is showing signs of improving his blistering pace for future races.
In other important news_ “The Liddle Update”
Baillie Liddle scored first bragging rights of the season from the Liddle family.Ballie is looking really strong this season and posted a very strong time, defeating brother Michael by 9 seconds, and dad Peter by 12 seconds. All three Liddle finished in the top 10. Jane Liddle competed in the wavehopper class and showed off of her boats control skills and speed (only 15 seconds from the top wavehopper paddler).
Written: John O’Sullivan
2018 BUOYS RACE PHOTOS
by Amanda Gigengack