Ettalong to host outrigger regatta

Canoeing –

An Ettalong canoe club is set to host one of the biggest outrigger regattas of the year on February 27, expecting to attract some of Australia’s best crews.

The Te Ika Nui club will organise the 50km race, which involves a series of divisions for experienced paddlers.

The mixed crews will travel from Patonga to Terrigal and once they hit the beach, they must run up to the tent and hand over the baton to their counterparts, before they travel back to Patonga for the last leg.

Race organiser, Louise Vangestel, said everybody at the club is very excited for the event.

“Teams from all over the state are coming to support … it’s going to be quite a spectacle,” Vangestel said.

“We have received support from The Boathouse Group, McGrath Terrigal, Jeep, Audi and Tooheys.

“There will be a number of support crafts out on the water but novice and junior paddlers aren’t allowed.

“But it’ll be exciting for them to watch and a way for them to develop their skills in time for their turn.”

The event will start at 6.30am and is expected to last until 5pm.

Maisy Rae