Race Distance: Main race. Knobbies to the bridge 42 Kilometres. Recreational Short Race . Check Point 3 to the Bridge 17 Kilometres
AGE LIMIT- Junior age of 16 and over by the day of the race can paddle by themselves in the main race or the Recreational race.
Junior age of 14 and over by the day of the race can paddle accompanied in the same boat with an adult in the main race and Recreational race.
Any junior younger can not compete in the race.
Plastic Boat Length requirement for the 42 Kilometre race is =>4.5 metre
Click on link below for Gregory Race Info
Paddler and Landcrew info 2023.pdf
Few sporting events manage to attract more than their most loyal followers to travel out of town. Fewer still manage to coax people to travel hundreds of kilometres to participate in a sport that ordinarily, they would never consider trying. The Gregory River Canoe Marathon does just that.
While the majority of paddlers are novices who are entering the race purely for fun, the serious competitors are also catered for with the opportunity to win some major prize money.
The overall race record stands at 2 hours 43 minutes and 23 seconds set by Matt Flower and Chad Meek in 2001. $2000 is offered to anyone who can beat this time.
Other Prize money includes:
Overall winner – $500
K1 – Male/ Female – 1st $400:2nd $200:3rd $100
TK1 – Male/ Female – 1st $400:2nd $200:3rd $100
TK2 – 1st $400:2nd $200:3rd $100
Plastic Long Male/ Female – 1st $400:2nd $200:3rd $100
TC2 (2 Paddlers) – 1st $400 : 2nd $200 : 3rd $100
TC2 Teams – 1st $1000:2nd $600:3rd $300 (min 4 paddlers max 8 paddlers)
Overall Race Record – $2,000
Short Race – Junior Male and Female $150 and Random Prizes
If you are an experienced paddler and wish to hire a Knysna K1, the North West Canoe Club have five available for hire.
The North West Canoe club also has range of Sit on top Plastics and some TC2’s that can be hired. Please contact Paul Fletcher on phone 0414483459, email [email protected]
Race Fact #1
The 3-hour barrier for the race was first broken in 1991, by Jeff Wilkinson and John Van Ryt in a K2, in a time of 2 hours 51 minutes and 23 seconds.
So at 8 am on Sunday of the Labour day weekend the starters gun will fire again, and over one hundred paddlers will be pitting themselves against the Gregory River and each other, in some of the most picturesque scenery you will see anywhere in Australia.
The North West Canoe Club welcomes you and hopes you have a memorable weekend.