We had the most amazing time in Venice. During the weekend we paddled 5 times up and down the length of the Grand Canal starting with the opening parade on Friday evening May 18.
The Saturday regatta on the open lagoon was thrilling and fast. We competed against teams from Italy, France, Canada, US, Wagga, Canberra & Newcastle. A series of six back-to-back 250m sprint races where we stayed out in the open lagoon in the boat and waited out turn for the next race. To take out gold in the women’s and bronze in the mixed was absolutely brilliant.
And the big event on Sunday the Vogalonga was truly fantastic. Over 3,800 boats of all types and over 8,300 participants from all over the world. It really put the sweeps to the ultimate test and they were amazing. The distance didn’t seem a problem as the excitement overcame that. For us it was even longer than the 32kms., more like 40kms. as we had to bring the boat from the other side of Venice Island to the starting point and back. An unforgettable experience enjoyed by all.
A big thank you to all our crews, for such a big effort at the Urunga Regatta. Well done to our first time regatta paddlers and great to have our Armidale members on board.
A huge congratulations to our women’s team for taking 2nd place in the final. As your coaches, Alan and I are very proud of you all and thank you for making it such a great day.
Alan & Mandy
Starting June 1 - July 31 Saturday winter training session will be :
1st Session - 7.00am OTW 7.30am 2nd Session - 8.15am OTW 8.45am
ALL paddlers are required to wear a lifejacket at weeknight training sessions. If you have your own lifejacket please wear it however the Club does have a number of lifejackets on hand. This practise will continue until the evening sessions are completely light for the duration of the paddle.
Further useful items for night paddling are a head lamp and fluro vests/tops.
Since we have a number of new paddlers and sometimes we need a little reminder of what to do in the case of a capsize. Please read on this website under the INFORMATION section then scroll down to the SAFETY TAB. There you will find a youtube video to view showing what to do in case of a capsize. Familiarise yourself with other safety & general information whilst you are there please.
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