The Pasha Dasha Grand Prix, NSW’s largest inter-club outrigger canoe racing regatta, is returning on Saturday, January 12.
The event, hosted by Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club in association with Newcastle City Council, has been returned by popular demand to the annual Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association’s (AOCRA) NSW Zone regatta schedule.
“Outrigger canoe racing is one of Australia’s fastest growing water sports and a big plus for this event is that the public can see close-up all the action that usually happens out at sea,” Race director, Stephen Dawes said.
“Our course includes both flat water and open ocean racing, starting inside the harbour near Horseshoe Beach and running out along the inside of the southern breakwall before heading out into the open ocean off Nobbys Beach.”
“The crew changes format in our 27 kilometre long course race is also unique. Instead of the usual six person crew, each team has a crew of nine people, with crew member swap-outs permitted on Horseshoe Beach after each 5.4 kilometre lap.
“So the 27 kilometre race is effectively broken up into five separate races of 5.4 kilometres with crew members swapped after each lap before a general restart.”