The Bendigo Canoe Club was thrilled to be back on the water on the weekend.
The club held the annual Bendigo Canoe Club Cup on Sunday at Lake Weeroona.
Even though it started out as a cold day earlier on during the morning, paddlers from Geelong, Echuca, Cobram and other regional areas flocked to Bendigo for the event.
"Due to COVID plenty of work had to be done to make our event happen and hopefully this paves the way for a 'return to play' for paddling," BCC coach Tony Misson said.
"The changes included moving the event back onto our lake, restricting numbers, an online briefing and much more.
"Instead of just going up and down a regatta course we used the big lakes including the two western islands to make it more interesting, with great spirited racing that was close for the entire day."
The course started at the clubhouse end of Lake Weeroona and on the first lap of each event the athletes paddled across the lake and around the island located at the Nolan Street end before returning to the northern side of the lake.
On all subsequent laps paddlers would then travel around the other island located near the clubhouse.
During the Cup event there were 30 paddlers in 22 different classes all vying for the handicap award.
Highlights for the club included their own paddlers, James Humphry and Lyndell Wilcox putting on top performances.
- The Rob Bearham for Open K1: James Humphry (Bendigo):
- Fastest Canoe: Tony Bond (Echuca)
- Fastest Female: Lyndell Wilcox ( Bendigo)
- Fastest Tk2: Stephen Parker and Ty Caling From Geelong
- Handicap Winner: Rod Clark (Echuca) and Lyndell Wilcox winning the Kayak.
"We hope everybody enjoyed it and we appreciate your support," Misson said.
"We look forward to seeing you and metro paddlers at the Bendigo Canoe Club Friendly Sprints and Victorian Short Course Marathon on Saturday 28th November.
"A massive thank you to all those who attended and made it happen."
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