THE HAWKESBURY CLASSIC PADDLE
29th / 30th October 2022
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Entries Close 21 October - NO Late Fee
Photo courtesy of Ian Wrenford, LCRK
Photo courtesy of Ian Wrenford, LCRK
The 2022 Hawkesbury Classic Paddle
Entry closing time is 6pm Friday 21st October.
NO LATE ENTRY FEE -
NO Minimum number of Entries required
As a vote of confidence in our paddlers, we have taken the decision to remove the late entry fee which was to come into effect on the 30th September. The Classic is ON for 2022.
We trust that this move will encourage paddlers to get their entries as soon as possible.
In recent days we have received final approvals from the following ;
Hawkesbury City Council (a fantastic sponsor of this year's event) for the use of Macquarie Park, Windsor as our START
NSW Police Force for consent to conduct a public assembly
Central Coast Council for the use of Deerubbin Reserve, Mooney Mooney as our FINISH
Transport for NSW (Maritime) has advised that our Aquatic Licence is being finalised at the moment.
Add to these the agreement of the owners of our land-based safety checkpoints to allow us to use their properties. This agreement has been given notwithstanding the devastation of this year's floods, that every one of these properties has endured ;
Checkpoint A - Riverside Ski Park, Cattai (a new checkpoint location owing to flood damage occasioned to Cattai National Park)
Checkpoint B - Riverside Oaks Golf Course, Cattai (a new checkpoint location owing to uncertain depth of the river for a boat checkpoint)
Checkpoint C - Pacific Park, South Maroota
Checkpoint D - Ulinbawn Ski Park, North Sackville (our first "Major" Safety Checkpoint where landcrew can catch up with their paddlers)
Checkpoint E - Dargle Ski Park (a new checkpoint location owing to the flood damage occasioned to the Hamiltons property at Cumberland Reach)
Checkpoint F - Paradise Cafe, Lower Portland (a new checkpoint location owing to flood damage occasioned to the Dragons Bay Ski Park)
Checkpoint G - Cliftonville Lodge Resort, Lower Portland ( a new checkpoint location owing to the damage occasioned to the Argles property across the river)
Checkpoint I - NSW Water Ski Gardens, Wisemans Ferry (the second of our "Major Safety Checkpoints where landcrew can meet up with their paddlers)
Checkpoint K - The Missions 1937, Gunderman
NB : The balance of the safety checkpoints are onboard boats moored on the river. In the main, the vessels are supplied and manned by volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW.
All our volunteers are champing at the bit and ready to support paddlers on the weekend of the 29th and 30th October !!
These include those from the NSW State Emergency Service, Marine Rescue NSW, WICEN NSW, our Physio and First Aid team headed up by Nick Stepkovitch and Rex Willard, together with hundreds of fantastic volunteers who man the START, all our 19 Safety Checkpoints plus those at FINISH.
All we need now is for paddlers to sign up to take part in the Classic.
Remember that your $250 minimum fundraising is not due until the day before the event.
Race Entry Fees: Prior to 6pm on Friday 21st October 2022
$175.00 - Adults, $120,00 - Aged Pensioners, Juniors & Full time students under 25 years of age.
Tips on Entering:
The entry system will only prompt you to pay if you (and your paddling partners - if any) have completed all the necessary profile details.
Make sure that you have set the number of paddlers in your craft - and each prospective paddler's email address is shown as the crew. (Don't enter in two singles and expect the system to work out you are paddling a double)
You need to enter the Relay class if you are paddling in the relay - the normal race classes don't apply.
If you need help email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org . Social media (facebook et al) is not monitored if you ask entry questions.
The Hawkesbury Classic Paddle is a unique opportunity to pit yourself against the physical and mental hurdles thrown up by a 111km, overnight, paddle from Windsor to Mooney Mooney on Sydney's majestic Hawkesbury River.
The event is open to all forms of paddlecraft from single kayaks, canoes and ocean racing skis to multi-paddler outriggers and Dragon Boats. The age of paddlers in the event range from 16 to 80 !