Pacific Paddler magazine - August 2012 - (Page 9)

Gold Coast Cup Gold Coast Cup tions; a moderate southerly breeze and 2 meter open ocean swells, with rain squalls thrown in, saw the record field of 46 crews contest Australia’s most prestigious and largest changes race. This year's Gold Coast Cup was run in some very testing condi- Story and photos by Harvie Allison beach at Coolangatta to line up for the start. Off the line, it was The crews were challenged by the shore break as they left the a 2 km drag race straight out to sea, with some fast and furious paddling, before rounding the first turn. A course change this year turn was negotiated, there was a downhill slide all the way to a check marker at Burleigh Heads. saw an improvement in the 43 km course, and as soon as the first lenged as they surfed their way to the Burleigh turn. Master steerer Travis Grant made sure his boys had a screamer of a ride, and the win looked already in the bag. 2:45:51 saw Outrigger cross the line to take the title. The second canoe From the starting gun, the all powerful Outrigger Australia team was not chal- home was Sydney’s Northern Beaches Masters in a time of 2:54:06 to win the Masters men’s division. The third canoe was Outrigger Australia Masters men, and the Open women’s race was taken out by BRD from Brisbane. In the Senior Masters division, the Mooloolaba crew were dominant in the men's with Northcliffe Senior Master women winning their division. Mixed racing saw Noosa take honours in the Masters followed by Port Macquarie in the Open Mixed. souls starting the iron course. For athletes Matt O’Garey (who was the second This year also saw the introduction of a surf ski division with only a few brave craft home) and women's winner Tracey Apthorp, the race was an excellent final preparation for the upcoming Molokai crossing. Next year will see even greater coming. participation in this area as support from Surf Life Saving Australia will be forthConditions on the day were uncomfortable, but the crews seemed to rel- ish the good following swells, and changes were pretty slick. For me, while the Nikon’s were happy in the esky, we got hammered in the IRB. My driver, who is an Aussie champ racing the things, was seasick the whole trip which amused me to no end! The after party and presentations this year were held at race HQ which was a tent set-up at the Southport Spit. A great night followed with plenty of good food, company, and of course, race stories. For the hardy (or foolhardy) that managed to return on Sunday for OC1/2 racing, the out and back course was a challenge. Punching into wind and swell on the way out made the home run all the more sweet and a definite relief. www. - August 2012 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler magazine - August 2012

Cover Liberty Challenge 2012
Contents August 2012
Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge
Gold Coast Cup
MacFarlane 4th of July tradition
Waikiki Beach Boys Regatta
OHCRA Regattas 1,2 & 3
Na Ohana O Hui Waa
Island Iron Rips
I can't run, my knees hurt
OHCRA Champs photos
HCRA State Program

Pacific Paddler magazine - August 2012