We combined with the Pinkwater Pinks and had 19 paddlers in all. The winning time was 11.56.06, our time was 13.13.28.
The Women’s 10s
This was the event we were all waiting for. 10 Wallis Spirit paddlers, a WSD sweep and a WSD drummer – just us and nobody else! And did we make the most of it – 3rd out of 4 boats in our first race (0.02 secs between 3rd and 2nd place)! By the time it came to our last race of the day, we didn’t have much left but came in 3rd.
The Sports Women
With Sally as Sweep we combined with the SUDU women and came 2nd out of 3 boats in our first heat and 2nd out of 3 boats in our second heat. Great consistency!
We also paddled with SUDU in
The Sports Mixed
There were 12 WSD and 4 SUDU men on the boat. We came 3rd out of 4 boats in our first heat and 4th in our second heat, missing out on 3rd by less than 0.02 of a second!
The Men’s 10s
Brian was one of 8 men in the boat with paddlers from Kalang River and South West Rocks.
WSDB paddlers Brian, Elaine, Janne, Jenny, Lyn, Pat, Robyn and Simone, plus Bill boat wrangler and a selection of supportive partners meandered down the road to Garrigill Lodge, Simone and Geoff’s home, for days of relaxation, decadence, walking, fishing and the paddling.
Saturday’s twilight 2km paddle had 8 tight turns in an unbalanced boat, and swell from the safety boat that has us slipping and sliding across the seats into fellow paddlers’ laps. We were all grateful to be just damp. Fabulous lead stroke Pat set a solid pace that the WSDB paddlers were well and truly prepared, if not over prepared for, none of us raised sweat nor a breathless intake of air. Thanks Elaine, Chris and Sally. Setting a steady pace we made ground on the other crews.
Sunday - an early start - thankfully saw us get two paddles for the mixed team, and 1 paddle for the women’s and men’s teams. Then the wind whipped up, sweeps were blown off boats and the races were cancelled. We packed up and headed back to the ambience of Garrigill.
We enjoyed days of walking in Kosciusko NP, fishing in the dam for trout and yabbies, competitive shuffleboard, dining out and the fabulous meals prepared by the couples rivalled any fancy restaurant.