Thanks to Wetspot for again supporting this series.

Details of the time trials, and the rules they are conducted under, are available on the BGCC website here.

We need volunteers to assist with timekeeping and the post-TT barbeque. Contact Russell Luton to let us know when you are able to assist.

Thanks to Carolyn Williams for maintaining the results spreadsheet and thanks to the time keepers and people providing the BBQ.

Webscorer time trial results can be found here.

  as at 12 Dec  
First name Surname Total
Jason CHEN 39
Russell LUTTON 36
Robert  BRUCE 30
Erik CHEN 30
Kevin SWAIN 30
Liam DOHNT 27
Jeremy  COOK 24
Robert AGOSTINO 21
Patricia ASHTON 21
Margi BOHM 21
Jack JESSEN 21
David ABELA 18
Mike ILIFF 18
Scott MacWILLIAM 18
Russell MURPHY 18
Richard BONTJER 15
Craig ELLIOTT 15
Kiaran LOMAS 15
Roger MURRAY 15
Alex ZELLER 15
Trent BIRKETT 12
Alison CURTIN 12
Charlotte STIMSON 12
Robert STIMSON 12
Marcelo  CABEZAS 6
Richard FOX 6
Ted HALL 6

The dates are:

  • Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • Wednesday, 5 December 2018
  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2019
  • Wednesday,23 January 2019
  • Wednesday, 30 January 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019
  • Saturday, 2 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 6 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019


Details of the time trials, and the rules they are conducted under, are set out below.

PARTICIPATION BY NON-BGCC/PNSW MEMBERS: Non-BGCC/PNSW paddlers are welcome to participate. However, for insurance purposes, they must to pay a $20 single event entry fee. This is a mandatory AC/PNSW requirement. 

SAFETY: The timekeeper and/or the marathon convenor is the final arbiter on whether it is safe to conduct time trials. Lifejackets are mandatory if you are under 14 years of age and/or if you are using club boats. It is highly recommended that all paddlers wear lifejackets.

TIME TRIAL FORMAT: There are two race distances to choose from: 

  • 1 lap (approx. 4.7km) 
  • 2 laps (approx. 9.4km) 

Paddlers must nominate which distance they intend to paddle and record their name and boat number with the timekeeper to record in Webscorer. If you change boat class/SUP type during the time trial season—eg, swap from a TK1 to a K1—you must establish a new PB in the new boat type. Your points will not carry over from the other boat. You must display a boat number so we can record your time. 

There will be two starts, five minutes apart

Start 1 (5.55pm) for those doing 2 laps. 

Start 2 (6pm) for those doing 1 lap.

  • Your first race over your nominated distance in this year’s time trial series will establish your PB for that distance/boat type and earn you six points in the point score competition. 
  • If you beat your PB in a subsequent race (in the same boat type) you will earn nine points.
  • If you paddle within 2% of your PB in a subsequent race you will get six points. 
  • If you paddle outside your PB by more than 2% in a subsequent race you will get three points. 
  • If you do not complete your nominated distance, you will be given a DNF and one point. 
  • If you miss your nominated start time we will do all possible to work out a time from when you should have started. However, unless we can do this accurately, you may not receive an official elapsed time.
  • Double craft will earn a PB for each crew member. Points earned will be given to both paddlers as individuals. If the boat crew or double boat type changes, it is necessary to establish a new PB.
  • Points earned will be tallied and at season’s end there will be a prize given to the top point scorer. 

The start is in line with the blue and red buoys off the beach pontoon. Please warm up in the area east of the start.

Stay to the right of the course. White buoys indicate some known danger and some caution is required in that area. Paddlers must paddle to the right of the red/pink buoys. Turn at the yellow buoys (the first turn is on the river outside the Hospice the second is at the Monaro Highway Bridge (third/last bridge BEFORE the water ski area). All turns are anticlockwise.

To have your time recorded you must finish to the right of the blue buoy off the club beach. Please don’t pass between the blue buoy and the beach unless you are finishing. This is an international rule and should be followed at club level. A one minute penalty will apply to paddlers who do not finish in this way.

Please be aware that the time trials attract paddlers of various abilities and confidence. Please be courteous to others. When passing slower paddlers tell them you are approaching and on which side you are going to pass. Give room to others on the turns and in the areas where there are potential hazards.

Should someone capsize, the accepted protocol is for other competitors to assist if required. If you assist a paddler who has a legitimate problem or who is in the water advise the timekeeper in order to have a time allowance made for providing assistance. 

For further information in the time trial series, contact the marathon convenor. 

Results and the cumulative pointscore will be published on the BGCC website as soon as possible after each time trial.


Handicap format and race calendar


As a result of feedback from the recent BGCC member survey and in an endeavour to introduce some different race formats, this summer we will conduct handicap races for most of the 2018-19 Wetspot summer series.

To mix things up, once a month we propose to do something different (tba soon). We’ll also have a break for the Christmas/New Year period. The dates for the series are in the calendar below. The handicap system will be based on your elapsed time over either the one lap (approx 4.7km) or two lap (approx. 9.4km) courses.

Handicap racing is exciting and usually provides close finishes. And because nearly everyone will finishes around the same time, this provides a better opportunity for paddlers to socialise at the post-event barbeque.

Starts will be at one minute intervals. The handicapper will set and adjust handicaps for each race. The handicapper’s decision on your handicap start time is final. Your start time for the next handicap race will be adjusted according to your finish time in your last race and the handicapper’s discretion. Finish times will be rounded down.

Fifty (50) points will be awarded to the first finisher, with descending points awarded for each subsequent finisher. Points will be awarded for both the short and long course finishers. You cannot carry your points across short and long courses. So if you are serious about winning, it is best to decide what distance you want to race at the start of the series.

Paddlers’ cumulative points will count towards the series prizes to be awarded at the club’s annual dinner.

  • First start (with slower paddlers off first) for the long course is at 5.55pm.


  • Second start (with slower paddlers off first) for the short course is at 6pm.

Those of you who paddle the series regularly will know that there is not a lot of time to get from work, race, BBQ and pack up. So we have had to introduce a time cutoff for the long course to get paddlers off the water at around the same time and to get everyone home at a reasonable hour.

The time cutoff for the long course is 1:10 hr. If you think you cannot paddle the long course distance under that time you are strongly encouraged to paddle the short course. If you decide to paddle the long course anyway, it is likely your time will not be recorded as the timekeepers will have packed up and gone barbequing.  

Paddlers will need to register their names and expected lap time (in minutes) BEFORE coming to the river. This will be needed only ONCE PER SEASON! You will, however, also need to register yourself in advance and, if you decide to paddle a double boat, your doubles partner as a new entry (including each time you change paddling partner).

To register, go to:
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Other event

Wednesday, 21 November 21018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Handicap race

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Other event



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday,23 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Other event

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Handicap race

Saturday, 2 March 2019

PNSW Race 1, 2019 marathon series & State Marathon Championships, Canberra

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Other event

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Handicap race

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Other event


24 Hour Paddling Challenge 2018

Weekend of 1st – 2nd December, 2018

Hosted by BGCC at Molonglo Reach, Morshead Drive, Campbell, ACT

This year we are again planning for a low-key event. BYO: everything. Shelter tents permitted in a limited area, not under trees. We are not trying to raise lots of funds for any charities, but if you feel like donating for the BGCC to pass on to an appropriate organisation helping drought-affected farming families – all monies will be gratefully received!There will be a collection box on site as well.

Entries:           via Register Now at: 2018 24 hour Entry

Entry Fee:      $30 up to 26th November;       $50 between 27th - 20th November;  Very late Entry! $60 to 8 a.m. on 1st December

Course:           4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River

Briefing:         9:00 a.m.

Start Time:     9:30 a.m., Saturday 1st December, 2018

Finish Time:   9:30 a.m., Sunday 2nd December, 2018

Enter As:        Solo; Team of maximum 4x boats (competitive); or any number of boats (fun); single or double boats

Early Morning Tranquillity, Molonglo Reach, 26th November, 2006.

Paddler Safety: There will be a safety boat stationed at the start/finish area, but paddler safety is to be by paddlers caring for anyone in need of assistance on or in the water. Paddlers are all to have at all times out on the water: a pea-less whistle, readily available to relay a message along the river that the safety boat is needed – either upstream or downstream of the start. Any time spent in assisting another paddler in difficulties will be allowed for in the distance paddled.

From Sunset: lap starting at or after 7:30 p.m.: all paddlers must wear a lifejacket, with a torch and space blanket attached, along with their readily available whistle. All paddlers must have lights on stem and stern of their craft. Cyalumes will be provided for paddlers to use.

Amenities: BGCC Club Shed has warm showers; there are public toilets; a club barbecue will be available and if enough interest is shown, a thick soup can be provided. The club kitchen has a fridge and kettle and pod-coffee drink-maker.

Camping: is not permitted - but "Shelter Tents" are. (So nothing too elaborate please!) There will be designated shelter tent areas - please do not set up camp just anywhere.

Enquiries to: Helen Tongway


40th Burley Griffin Bash    Sunday 28th February 2016.


40th Burley Griffin Bash, 28th February, 2016. Short course Amalga-
Sunday             mated
Course in 2016:             
Around Capt Cook Fountain, 2 islands, Kingston Red Buoy: up river to top turn; 2nd lap just heading up-river 
Dist. Class sex Age Place Name(s) Time Club placings
30km OS1 M V55 1 Tony Hystek 2:30:30  LCRK 1
  OS1 M V55 2 Graeme Ison 2:56:43  BGCC 2
  MR1 M V55 1 Richard Barnes 3:00:40  Syd Uni 3
  OS1 X V35 1 Kate Dawson/Steve Dawson 2:33:43  SSCC 1
  LR2 X V35 DNS Bob Turner/Kristy Benjamin DNS SSCC  
Course 2016:              
Across LBG, around two islands and return.      
13 km                
  K1 M Open 1 Lachlan Bakewell 1:03:04 HVPC 1
  K1 M V35 1 Craig Elliott 1:03:10 BGCC 2
  K1 M V45 1 Greg Hillier 1:13:36 HVPC 4
  K1 M V65 1 Paul Byrnes 1:11:29 HVPC 3
  OS1 M V45 1 Malcolm Hall 1:07:22 BGCC 1
  OS1 M V45 2 Jonathan Taylor 1:19:12 None 2
  OS1 M V65 1 Bruce Kentwell 1:19:15 BGCC 3
  OS1 M V65 2 Robert Bruce 1:20:16 BGCC 4
  MR1 M V55 1 Paul Kenny 2:04:42 WBCC 3
  MR1 M V65 1 Gerry Foster 1:19:18 None 1
  MR1 M V75 1 Basil Yule 1:51:36 BGCC 2
  LR2 L V55 1 Patricia Ashton/Anne Cronin 1:15:31 BGCC 1
  LR2 M V65 1 Geoff Pickup/David Tongway 1:29:26 BGCC 2
  TC1 M V65 1 Allan Newhouse 1:30:39 BGCC 1
  UNC1 M V55 2 Nick Hocking 1:50:29 BGCC 2