The Hervey Bay Outrigger Canoe Club (from left) Rachel Young, Syenne Young, Tiffany Wardley, Jenny Everist, Christine Dolby, Lawrie Keleher and Ed Gibson show off their medals.
The Hervey Bay Outrigger Canoe Club (from left) Rachel Young, Syenne Young, Tiffany Wardley, Jenny Everist, Christine Dolby, Lawrie Keleher and Ed Gibson show off their medals. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Hervey Bay outriggers on top

THE Outriggers of the Hervey Bay Outriggers Canoe Club did themselves proud in the final round of the OC1 and OC2 series.

Held in Noosa, the day offered perfect conditions for the outriggers as the series came to an end – and they brought home a swag of medals.

Outrigger Jenny Everist said the series had continued over several months, with meetings in Mooloolaba, Hervey Bay, Ballina and finally in Noosa.

The conditions varied at each of the locations, challenging the abilities of the outriggers.

“The conditions were quite good overall,” Everist said.

Starting out with calm conditions in Mooloolaba, conditions took a turn for the worst in Hervey Bay with 25 knot winds making things difficult for the outriggers.

“It was quite treacherous.”

In Ballina the conditions again proved to be a challenge.

“The seas were quite big and we had waves up a metre and a half to two metres.”

But the series came to a pleasant finish in Noosa.

“Conitions were ideal, like the Bay sometimes is.”

The Fraser Coast outriggers used the conditions to their advantage, with Everist and Christine Dolby the overall winners in the women’s masters OC2 event when the points from the four events were tallied up and Rachel Young and Tiffany Wardley won the women’s open division in the shot and long course.

Junior competitor Syenne Young won two of her four OC1 races on the day to finish second overall in her division.

Everist said the results were particularly pleasing considering they were only a small club.

“We all decided to have a go,” she said.

The club has a lot more to look forward to before the end of the year.

A six-man series starts in November and in December with several members of the club heading off to Coff Harbour to compete in the national titles.



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