Winter series

The Frank Harrison Memorial race in Albury

The Frank Harrison Memorial race in Albury must be the farthest event in the Vic paddle calendar but was well supported this year. Run as a “State of Origin” event it attracts paddlers from both Vic and NSW. This was to be my second solo race, the first outside Melbourne and the furthest I had paddled solo. There were two starts, one from the Hume Dam weir wall at 26km and the other from the Waterworks at 16km.

Report: Winter Series – Race 2 - Nagambie Singles – May 31st

Saturday 30th saw me carefully approach the clubhouse, armed with my sanitising spray. Once the coast was clear, I made a dash for the side gate and duly accessed the boat storage to retrieve the beloved “Top Gun” racing TK1, plus my paddle, plus my personal PFD. Why you ask? Because tomorrow would see me competing for FCC in the Nagambie Singles.

Echuca mini - new club director fastest canoeist !

Twelve Fairfield members paddled the 50kms, 20kms, or relay on Saturday, in the last winter series marathon race for the season. Total points are yet to be finalised (keep posted) A sunny day with a few wind gusts made for a great paddle. The occasional speed boat made for some unexpected large waves, and of course the mandatory paddle steamers, just out of Echuca, made an interesting final few kilometres. 

Winter series - Patersons Lakes

We are still in the chase, well done to our paddlers we have not lost our position on the ladder.  The results from Race 4 has some wonderful highlights:

Again Gary and his partner have come through with an outstanding result based on the handicap system, (phew, he is not losing his standing with a different partner (who happens to be Liz our fab race director - Ed).
Our forever faithful – Jon M has shown us all again what makes a “Fairfield” competitor dangerous; guts and determination combined with loyalty.  We are so proud of you Jon.

Long distance series

I encourage all FCC members to have a crack at a long distance (marathon) race this year – help us regain that trophy – every entry is a point and every point counts. Grab a Canoe Marathon Diary from the club and pencil in your dates for adventure.

A Marathon race is held every 3 or 4 weeks during the winter. All standards of paddlers are welcome to paddle and races are mainly held in Melbourne and country Victoria

Schools at FCC

Strathcona Girls Baptist and Trinity Grammar Schools have kayak programs based at Fairfield Canoe Club. Both school groups are coached by FCC members and the schools are associate members of the club. FCC hosts one the Winter series races at the Strathcona campus in Hawthorn.