Tough conditions greeted CRCC juniors Tom Green and Tim Hyde at the Claisebrook marathon series races. Junior paddler of the year, Luke Egger, still nursing a sore back was on hand to offer the boys a few tips for the hot & windy conditions. Also on hand and making their debut were brothers Morgan & Noah Boldy, doing the short course.
Up front in division 1, Tom had his work cut out dealing with the bumpy conditions thanks to power boat traffic and did well to finish 7th overall and 2nd junior on the day. Tim was locked in a 4-way dice from the gun and just managed to grab line honours in division 2 in a tight finish. Well done to Morgan for finishing his first marathon races.
The CRCC Club Juniors Coordinator is Stuart Hyde click here
CRCC has a growing number of junior paddlers who either paddle just for the fun of it or get more serious and race at both club,state, national and international levels.
Children can generally start to paddle from about 8 years old, although several of our youngest members have started even earlier. Juniors under the age of 12 are refered to as “Guppies” in reference to the class of boat they paddle being either a Guppy K1 (single) or Guppy K2 (double). The primary pre-requisite is that they can confidently swim about 50m unaided.
Juniors of all ages race are welcome to join in on Tuesday club nights starting at 5:30pm at Kent Street Weir over summer (Oct to Mar) and Shelley Sailing Club in Winter. The two main race formats are Nomination and PB (Personal Best). In nomination races, the paddler advises the time they believe they will finish the race in and the winner is the closest to their nominated time – meaning anyone can win. In a PB race, the winner is the paddler that beats their 3 week average PB by the most. There is fee of $2 to enter a Tuesday night race and a small prize is awarded to the winner.
All our junior trainers have Working with Children clearances – you can find copies of these on our Club Documents page.
The club also organises other non-competitive events throughout the year, so if racing is not your thing, there are other fun paddling activities to participate in.
For more information on the CRCC Junior Program contact the Clubs Juniors Coordinator Stuart Hyde click here