20 paddlers from Inland travelled interstate to compete at the 4th Annual Adelaide Outrigger Canoe Regatta at Grange Beach.
There were many great performances by the less fancied river paddlers. Of particular note was the breakthrough win by the Men's Open OC6 crew of Peter Garfield, Dylan Guascoine, Tony Bond, Dave Rowe, Don Larcombe and Rod Clark (Steer). It is the first time for quite a while that the Melbourne men have been beaten and the first ever win for Inland Men in a open ocean race!
The women were very competitive in the women's open OC6 race coming a close second to Melbourne women. Conditions on day one were perfect for Inland with a relatively flat ocean.
Day two was a different story with stiffening winds blowing in a choppy swell challenging all who paddled. With the sixes events completed on day one the singles and doubles came out to play. Jane McMullan and Yvette McCormack-Hall turned it on in the womens open marathon taking first and second place. The Junior marathon was a demonstation of how far Inland has come with Ash Bell, Josh Hanson and Maddie McCormack-Hall taking first, second and third showing skills normally possessed by experienced ocean paddlers. The men's open marathon was a tight struggle with several lead changes until Melbourne's Jason (the flying scotsman) Shepherd made a break and held onto the lead. Second place was decided by a sprint to the line with Inland's Rod Clark getting a nose in front of Melbourne's Garry Jones. The paddle of the day was Dylan Guascoines (19U) fourth place in the men's open marathon. The inspirational effort of the day was the OC2 novice marathon, only Sue Proctor and Barry Bell took on the conditions, they hulied (capsized) four times but at no stage did they give up!
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