Here it comes again, that feeling of excitement as the full moon in October approaches, heralding the next Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. This spectacular event with 600+ paddlers cruising the 111km of the Hawkesbury River under the stars to raise much needed moneys for Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation and the Leukaemia research & patient care it funds.
Of course, the romance of another Classic shadows the reality – its a bloody hard slog for a bloody long way! In the three years I’ve paddled it I’ve dealt with crippling injuries, 12 hour storms and rudder-clogging weed. This is a hard race that is both physically and mentally taxing for all who take part. But then I think that’s why we like it – there’s something great about pushing yourself to breaking point and learning that you’ve got hidden reserves of will-power to get you through.
Team Fat Paddler will be fielding close to 15 paddlers this year, with a much larger surfski contingent than previously. Hardly any of us are what you’d call an “athlete”, proving anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. If it’s something you’ve thought about doing, go and register now and worry about the pain later. You wont regret being a part of such a fantastic event. Cheers, FP (sponsor me here!)
For inspiration! Last year’s Team Fat Paddler video of the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic
More inspiration! A few of my favourite Hawkesbury Canoe Classic photos