On Sunday the Club too a small team of paddlers to Lane Cove for Round 8 of the Marathon 10 Series.  There was concerns before the race of the facilities for the race by the efforts by the Lane Cove Club and their volunteers ensured the success of the event. This included their members being on hand to assist paddlers carry their boats back to the marshalling area which was greatly appreciated by all paddlers. The course started in the upper reaches of the Lane Cove River with the turn point on the 10km lap providing panoramic views the the Sydney skyline and Harbour Bridge.  Probably the only concern for the day was the extra km built into the each lap of the course making it impossible for best times.


For BGCC the highlight of the round was the clean sweep in the Division 11 10km class. Scott MacWilliam and Tony Mee proved too strong for the field with a convincing win.  After taking an early lead Roger Murray could only hold on to second place by the finish line.  Allan Newhouse continues to build on his lead in the Division 11 pointscore with a solid third place.  Robert Bruce once again, blocked points in this division. Looking our Division 11 results raises the question of whether the club should be looking for sponsorship from a health fund as the average age of the clubs 5 Division 11 paddlers is about 64 highlighting how good paddling is for one's health.

Other point scorers for BGCC who helped gain some 32 points were:

  • Division 2: Russl Lutton and Richard Fox - 2nd
  • Division 7: Kiaran Lomas - 2nd
  • Division 8: Graham Ison - 2nd
  • Division 12: Litsa Polygerinos -1st

Once again thanks to Scott and Helen for produce another Issue of Blazing Paddles.  

Just a couple of things to note for this issue:

  • Marathon Results, 
  • Sprint Results, 
  • Beginner Courses,
  • Reminder of the Club AGM on September 7, committee positions available,
  • Usual updates of club happenings, 
  • Hawkesbury Classic Information,
  • Sprint Canoe Development, 
  • Paddling and sight seeing in South Africa, 
  • And more.....

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Hawkesbury Classic    24th October 2015

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is an annual marathon canoe race taking place on the Hawkesbury River in Northwest Sydney usually at the end of October. The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic consists of a 111 km paddle at night starting in Windsor and finishing in Brooklyn. The race is Australia's fourth-longest annual canoe race after the 404 km Murray Marathon, the 208 km Murray 200 on the Murray River between Martins Bend and Morgan in South Australia and the 133 km Avon Descent in Western Australia. The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic has over 600 paddlers each year. BGCC's John Harmer has completed more Classics than any other paddler.

This yeas race is on the weekend of the 24th October.

Its time to start organising club land crew for the Hawkesbury - can you please get back to Patricia Ashton if you are either a paddler or potential land crew.  see August Blazing Paddles for more details.


At this stage we need to know how many club members are planning on paddling this year and if you require land crew.

Could you let Patricia Ashton know:

  • what sort of time frame you are looking at,
  • what boat you are using, ie double or single,
  • if you require it transported, and
  • which check points you are considering stopping at.

Land Crew

 If you are interested in helping out as land crew for the Hawkesbury this year please let Patricia Ashton know.  We are keen to know:

  • do you hold a drivers license,
  • can you carry a boat,
  • can you tow the trailer,
  • have room to carry paddlers.


If you need advice on preparing for the race please contact one of the club coaches listed under the coaching tab on the club website.

It is important that some of your training is conducted in the dark, if you wish to do a couple of night time paddles please contact Kiaran Lomas.


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