This coming Saturday marks the eleventh running of the iconic Myall Classic paddle race, at Tea Gardens, about 2 hours drive north of Sydney.
It's become the third leg of the local marathon 'triple crown' alongside the 111km Hawkebury Classic & the 400km Murray Marathon.
In many ways it's the most inclusive, with options for a 12km, 27km or 47km race, all following the same sections of the meandering & picturesque Myall River.
Like the other two big races it's all done in the name of charity, with the Myall's beneficiary the excellent Cure for Life Foundation. Organiser Mike Eggleton told me they have raised nearly $100,000 for the foundation since the event began, reason enough to stump up for a weekend on the coast & go for a paddle I reckon!
I'm going to have a crack at the 47km race, which whilst definitely not a distance to be sneezed at, is a little less daunting than the stern character test of something like the overnight Hawkesbury Classic. As always, I'm hoping to tuck in behind someone much faster than me & cheat.
Organiser's are expecting a bumper field of more than 200 paddlers, in craft ranging from plastic sit on tops to Surf Row Boats to Olympic K1's. The format of the event means anyone with a canoe or kayak can find a race distance to suit their skills & fitness. You can enter online by clicking the link HERE, or just roll up between 0730-0830 on Saturday morning & register on the day.
We are sponsoring the event & will have a full range of all of our fast boats on hand for paddlers to check out & even take for a short test paddle on the river. Keep an eye out for the Taj EK near the rego tent.
All info on the race can be found at their website here - http://justpaddlers.org.au/myall-classic