Humberstone outclassed field

A VINTAGE performance by Darren Humberstone led a solid Canoe Point Outriggers Club effort at last weekend's fifth race of the NQ AOCRA Wai Puhi series at Airlie Beach.

Humberstone outclassed the 34-strong field, featuring paddlers from as far north as Townsville, to finish the 16km OC1 event in 1hr26min and claim the men's masters title.

A consistently high achiever, Humberstone still rated his performance one of his best in recent years and comes as a result of stepping up his training program in preparation for next year's world titles in Hawaii.

Fellow Canoe Point paddler Chris Grant came close to making it a double for the club, having to settle for second spot in the senior masters division, in a time of 1:34, after being involved in a tight tussle for line honours.

Grant Olds, having suffered a poor start when officials messed up the line start, recovered well to move from the back of the pack to snare third spot in the senior masters.

Also impressive was Bill Jarvis who crossed the line in 1:36 to claim third spot behind Humberstone in the masters division.

The four, along with other club members, will now focus their attention on the Canoe Point leg of the series to be contested on November 19.

Prevailing conditions will dictate whether the event will start at Canoe Point or the Gladstone Yacht Club.

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