Sunday, March 18, 2018

Geographe Outrigger Regatta 2018

170 registered paddlers took part in the 2018 Geographe Regatta in "different" paddling conditions yesterday. After years of assure waters, blue skies, calm winds and gentle ocean swells we enjoyed the challenge of something completely different - grey troubled skies, strong persistent winds, significant ocean swells, cold conditions and the occasional huli!






Getting ready for a cold paddle...


The Red Boat huli'd off the end of the Jetty and conditions were so rough Dave towed them back to shore with his Support Boat...





The boys enjoyed the capsize challenge anyway!


Pre-race briefing on the beach...











A very close finish...









Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ben's Drone Video - Full Moon Paddle


Taken during our Super-Blue-Blood-Full Moon Paddle in February. Thank-you Ben!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bunbury Geographe Coast Long Boat 2018

We left Busselton at 5 AM and paddled out of Bunbury at 6:20, mainly thanks to Bill and Anita who trailered the outrigger to Bunbury, drove our two vehicles back to Busselton, shuttled a crew to Forrest Beach, paddled the third leg back to the Yacht Club and then helped with the BBQ. :)

Three crews, 16 dedicated paddlers, 6 hours and 20 minutes paddling time, many dolphins, one "suspected"shark, a plethora of sting ray, sometimes cooperative wind and occasionally cooperative swell, some absolutely astounding ocean, blue skies and white sands.




We paddled three legs - from Bunbury to Minninup Beach (22 kms in 2 hours 30 minutes), from Minninup to Forrest Beach (17 kms in 2 hours) and Forrest Beach to GBYC (15 kms in 1 hour 40 minutes).



Diane managed to climb into the outrigger from BOTH sides at once...


...but didn't miss a stroke in getting under way






As well as the usual paddling pics, we encountered some stunningly classic, amazingly beautiful, truly and uniquely Western Australian scenery as we paddled down the coast...





As well as the "unusual" suspects...



Followed by a feed, good friends and an opportunity to tell the same old outrigging lies we always tell...