Paddlers and spectators of the Pasha Dasha Grand Prix can expect some wave action at Nobbys head on Saturday, with a swell of one metre forecast for the main event.
The seventh iteration of NSW’s largest inter-club outrigger canoe regatta will benefit from waves, vice president of the Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club Richard Thomson said.
“There’s going to be a northeasterly coming in. It will be blowing up the harbour coming from the sea,” Mr Thomsen said.
“A lot of outrigger paddlers don’t mind a bit of a swell. They can use that a bit, especially if it’s behind them. They can get on a runner if you like.”
He said waves would make the first turn in the course, which is situated in open ocean, a “bit more challenging” for competitors.
Mr Thomsen expected the swell would be at its highest for the main race, a 27 kilometre marathon beginning at 12.30pm.
“The weather will be hot and the sea and wind will be more interesting for the main event,” he said.
The outrigger club is hoping to break the record of the number of paddlers participating in the regatta. So far they have 310 competitors registered. They need a further 41 to reach their goal.
“We’ve got another day-and-a-half to make it,” race director Stephen Dawes said.
“We don’t have trouble having a crowd come along and having a bit of a laugh at us.”