In the final race of the Northern Kayak Marathon Series held at Lismore on Saturday, all eyes turned toward the battle between Lismores Tony Curtis (pictured) and Bonvilles Daniel Jenkins in the open mens K1 division.
In a gripping struggle over the 22.5km Y shaped course ,Curtis defended his title with a steely determination rarely seen, holding out to beat his opponent by 12 seconds in one hour, 42 minutes, 42 seconds.
The win gave Curtis victory in the six race series, his sixth consecutive series win in the sixth year of the event. It should also be noted that his mother, Marion Brownlie, has also won the series in her division every year since its inception as well.
Fifty-seven paddlers entered Saturdays marathon, lower than last years roll up, probably due to the poor weather, although most paddlers found the light to moderate rain very comfortable during the gruelling event.
Apart from Curtis the Far North Coast Canoe Club also managed 10 first places in the following divisions: Rodney Rose in the Open Single Touring Kayak (KT1), Paul Yager in the Mature Vet Mens K1, Mark Yager in the Under 18 Mens K1, Garry Lee in the Young Vet Mens K1, John Park-Caesar in the Young Vet Mens TK1, Lyn Delaney in the Young Vet Womens TK1, Bruce Taylor in the Mature Vet Mens TK1, Colin Cussel in the Mature Vet Mens Unrestricted, Marion Brownlie in the Mature Vet Womens K1 and Barbara Davies in the Mature Vet Womens TK1.
Come and try day
The Far North Coast Canoe Club has a Come and Try day this Sunday, November 12, for a minimum fee. The day is for people interested in becoming involved in either kayaking for recreational touring, fitness or competitively. The day runs from 8.45-11am and involves familiarisation, getting set up in a kayak, basic strokes and paddling time on the water. Register with Marion on 6624 6998.
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