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Results and Photos.
For over a decade now paddles have been making their way down Sydney Harbour for the annual B to B (Bridge to Beach). Originally the race went from Manly to the City but with numbers increasing and waterways getting more crowded we opted to bring the race finish to Manly. For the last eight years the Harbour Bridge has become the start line for what is regarded as one the country’s most iconic ocean paddling events.
The last couple of years have seen some adverse conditions which gave some of the back markers and middle of the field competitors some hairy moments around Middle Head and Dobroyd. Fortunately 2014 saw a rather tame sea state with only small to medium chop around “the Heads” area.
A big field was on hand for this year’s event so extra safety was brought in with the help of the Manly Firies who all just happen to have fishing boats and are also all very competent watermen who spend most of their spare time filling their freezers with the bounty of their fishing trips. Thanks to Neil, Billy and George who looked after the back markers and pulled few out.
From our perspective the race went seamlessly as there were no over anxious paddlers at the start, everyone made it through the cut off points on time and the crew from Manly Surf Club did an excellent job clearing the craft from the finishing area making it easy for those coming in to navigate their way to the finish. Big thanks to Marc Manion and the Manly Crew.
It was great to see some of our sponsors racing also. Steve Thomas from Belle Property in Manly paired up with Ben Dawes to compete in the double ski category making pretty good time. Pat Langley from Vaikobi and Jason Cunningham from Kani both manned the tents at the end of the race and their assistance was fantastic. Both should have been racing but ‘Cunnos’ is out with an injury and Pat, well why you didn’t race Pat?
Manly Wharf and the Bavarian Bier Café have been great sponsors of this event since we turned it around. I am sure that you all took advantage of the hospitality forwarded by those to great supporters of the event.
Big thanks to the honourable Jean Hay who was on hand to give away some prizes on behalf of Fragile X, Jean is the Mayor of Manly and Manly Council are also great supporters of this events and of many events that use that location as their home.
Thorzt, we regard this as simply the best hydration supplement for extended work/racing/ training periods. This is what we all use at Oceanpaddler and I swear by it for Molokai and other longer ocean races. Thank you to these guys for once again supporting the sport here in Australia.
Stand Up Gear Australia has really lifted the bar in event support for the SUP category. Great job Mark and Kieran your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you guys to help grow that area of the event.
The race itself was a cracker with the front runners setting a cracking pace over the eleven kilometre course. Led out by Greg Tobin and Adam Rowe on the Double, Jeremy Cotter and Michael Booth who was on a Fenn Spark hung on like pit bulls to a piece of meat. Occasionally the double would break away only to be reeled in by one of those two.
In the end the double did break away and Boothy managed to hang on a little bit longer than Jezza to take the honours and add his name to the list of B to B champions.
The Fenn Spark also took out the ladies race with ex Kiwi Tracy Wilson winning here first B to B also. The event had paddlers from a far afield as France and numerous interstate competitors.
The SUP race also saw some very tight racing with a great race between eventual winner Sam Parker, Peter Meyer and Lee Johnson. Tammy Montgomery took out the ladies event.
In the OC1 division we saw Simon Ray take out the mens and Charmain Gradwell take out the ladies. Plastics saw Henrik Vocks and Mia Airth cross the line first. The sea kayaks which always a popular category for this race was won by Mike Haslam in the mens and Jennifer Henry for the ladies. The paddleboards was won by Ben Neighbour. In the strongly contested mixed doubles husband and wife duo Narelle and Angus Urquhart cross the line first. Well done to all the category place getters.
The results are up online and we look forward to seeing you at our next event. For SUP and paddleboard competitors stay tuned for a new event to be held in April.
2014 Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach RESULTS
Photos available online
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Thank you for registering in the 2014 Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach supporting the Fragile X Association of Australia that will take place this Sunday 23rd February 2014.
Important Competitor Information
We would like to thank Manly Council for their ongoing support of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach event. In additional a special thank you to all our sponsors; Manly Wharf, Bavarian Bier Café, Thorzt, Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine, Nelo, Fenn, BIC Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Australia, Vaikobi, Orka Paddles, Belle Property Manly, Hamilton Island, Adrenalin, Kani Paddling Gear, & Unleash Compression.
Thank you for your generous donation to the Fragile X Association of Australia when entering online. The Fragile X Association of Australia is a non-profit organisation that provides support to families living with Fragile X. This includes specialised clinics, mobile workshops, counselling and casework, fundraising and working to increase public awareness of Fragile X. To find out more about Fragile X visit the website http://fragilex.org.au
Registration – Opening Saturday Feb 22nd between 12-5pm at Oceanpaddler store in North Manly
Registration will be open on Saturday 22nd Feb from 12-5pm at the Oceanpaddler store where you will collect your TIMING CHIP, RACE SHIRT and REGO BAG.
Registration will also be open on race day from 6 – 7.15am, however to avoid the crowds we recommend registering on Saturday.
Oceanpaddler is located at 410 Pittwater Rd, North Manly. Ph 02 8065 0385.
Below is the closed waters forecast for Sydney this Sunday. It looks very favourable for the event and we should see some pretty fast times. Tail winds with an outgoing tide for most of the event it doesn’t get any better than that. There is very little swell forecast for the day so conditions around Middle Head should be fairly tame.
Sunday 23 February
Southerly 10 to 15 knots at first, tending east to northeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre
It is important that all competitors follow the race course. There are only 2 buoys on the course and all competitors must keep these to their right.
The first turning buoy is a flat white disc shape buoy approximately 1.5 meters wide. This is in Athol Bay immediately offshore from Taronga Zoo.
The second buoy is a black and yellow buoy over one meter high East off Dobroyd Head.
By going to these buoys you will stay clear of the ferry channels.
Competitors must keep well clear of the channel from Bradleys Head to Middle Head. This means keeping all Green Channel markers in this area on your right hand side.
Please follow the direction of safety and official boats.
If you pull out of the event after the start or are withdrawn from the event you will be put ashore at the closest accessible beach. We will take your number and timing ID and relay it back to the finish. This information will be announced over the PA. to make your handlers aware of this and they may be required to come and get you.
If you register and collect your timing chip then decide not to race you must call the event director Dean Gardiner on 0427 171 403. If you pull out before the finish you must also call Dean to advise.
Event Times on Race Day
6.00am – Registration opens at Blues Point Park, North Sydney.
All competitors must sign off their name and collect their timing chip at registration prior to the start of race. You may also do this on Saturday afternoon at Oceanpaddler between 12 and 5pm.
7.15am – Race Briefing (Compulsory). Following the briefing competitors can then get on the water and make their way to Lavender Bay ready to be called out to the start line.
All competitors must remain in Lavender Bay until called to the start. SUPs, Coastal Rowers and Paddleboards will be called out first at 7.40am. The rest of the field will not be called out until after 7.50am. Any competitors outside of Lavender Bay prior to race start will be disqualified from the event.
As there is limited areas to enter the water please do this quickly to allow all competitors ample time to make it to the start.
Start Times - (Approximate times only. Time may be slightly altered due to Maritime NSW shipping schedule)
8.45am - Expected first finishers at the western side of Manly Wharf
9.00am – Cutoff time at Bradleys Head (3.29kms from Start)
10.00am – Cutoff time at Middle Head (3.55kms from Bradleys Head 6.84kms from Start)
11.00am – Presentations for all categories at the Bavarian Bier Cafe
Safety Equipment Requirement
PFDs/Lifejackets: Competitors are required to wear Type 2/3 Australian Standard PFD/Lifejacket to comply with Maritime. Prone Paddleboard competitors are exempt from wearing a PFD.
Safety Leashes: These are required by competitors to maintain contact with their craft, which can be particularly difficult during high winds, or if someone should fall from their craft. The leash can be anything long as it keeps the competitor in contact with their craft. Coastal Rowers do not require a leash.
Presentations at Bavarian Bier Café
The Bavarian Bier Café will be hosting the Bridge to Beach awards presentation on its outdoor deck at the end of the event. The friendly team at Bavarian Bier Café Manly Wharf will be serving up a hearty breakfast for all family and friends, plus a sausage sizzle for participants and their family and friends who want to sit back and relax with their supporters after a hard morning’s work. All competitors will receive a free drink voucher.
Prizes to be won
Thanks to our supporting sponsors there are a number of lucky door prizes to be won including
Fragile X will also be presenting prizes for those that participated in the Fundraising Challenge.
Good luck to all competitors.
The Team at Oceanpaddler
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, all the action will be on sparkling Sydney Harbour for the 10th annual Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling event. The event features surf skis, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, OC1’s, paddleboards and for the first time this year, coastal rowers.
More than 500 competitors are expected to line up early morning at Lavendar Bay for their chance to paddle under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to picturesque Manly Wharf. The Bridge to Beach is open to all ages with some water experience.
This year Oceanpaddler has teamed up with the Fragile X Association of Australia to help raise awareness and much needed funds for families affected by Fragile X Syndrome. www.fragilex.org.au
FXS is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability and single gene cause of autism. Each week in Australia one child is born who is fully affected by FXS, and 20 children are born who are carriers of the Fragile X gene.
This event is a must do for any ocean loving individual, as well as for the seasoned professionals. One such individual is Luke Ratcliff from Scotland Island. SUPing is Luke’s latest water sport. He is also a sailor (11-time Sydney to Hobart Race competitor including overall winner in 2003) and kiteboarder.
Luke has agreed to support Oceanpaddler’s race because of his close association with Fragile X Syndrome. Luke married into a family where FXS can be traced back five generations, but was not diagnosed until 1979. His wife is a carrier and this meant difficult times waiting for test results on their three children.
The event kicks off at Lavender Bay, North Sydney at 8:00am with top paddlers expected to finish at Manly Wharf around 8:45am.
Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly, will present prizes at the Bavarian Bier Cafe. Heaps of prizes and giveaways will be on offer including prizes for the best fundraisers.
ENTER THE MLNAY WHARF BRIDGE TO BEACH.
More information about the event visit http://www.oceanpaddler.com/events/bridge-to-beach/
Registration is also open on the day.
Competitors show your support for Fragile X and win some great prizes.
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