BIG EVENT: Ben Lowry (front) and Gary Bradshaw ahead of the weekend's outrigging regatta.
BIG EVENT: Ben Lowry (front) and Gary Bradshaw ahead of the weekend's outrigging regatta. Matt Taylor GLA090318OUTR

Paddling power is on show

OUTRIGGING: The best paddlers in Queensland will battle for supremacy today in the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association North Queensland Zone Regatta at Boyne River.

Strong winds have forced the event to be moved from its original venue, Tannum Sands Main Beach.

Canoe Point Outrigging Club coach Col Hurst said there will be plenty of action on the water.

"We have got 150 paddlers from Airlie Beach to Bundaberg," he said.

"There are some extremely good paddlers and lots of crews who want to get ready for Tahiti later in the year."

Hurst said the decision to change the competition's location mid-week.

"A lot of teams would have liked the conditions, but it's all about the paddlers' safety and some teams would not have liked the conditions in the ocean," he said.

Canoe Point paddlers will race in the open men 12km and the club will also have two mixed teams to race 12km.

The last regatta held in Gladstone was 10 years ago and Hurst said the club committee's hard work made this event possible.

Racing starts at 9.15am with the 500m sprint and the day's final event is at 4.15pm.

The forecast is for a shower or two and 32 degrees with 25km/h south-easterly winds gusting to 35km/h during the morning.



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