The first race of the marathon winter series was cancelled one hour after the start. Gale force winds and blinding rain squals made paddling on the Paterson river almost impossible. Fairfield had nine canoeists paddling in five double canoes and one single in the race and it was great to see so many canoe paddlers battling the rough water. A number of the kayaks were capsizing before the start however the weather turned for the worse at 3/4 of way into the race. (see the video taken on the day - bottom of this page)
Two Fairfield TK2's in division 6 missed the turn and headed into the wrong canal system. The lead paddlers blamed the extreme conditions for the navigational error. The TK2 that followed blamed the TK2 they followed !. About ten boats capsized during the race, with wind gusts making turns very difficult. At one stage canoes and kayaks were being blown all the way across the Patterson River.