2012 Mad Paddle Registrations

Be Part of History – March 18
Paddle Across The Bay
Registrations open tomorrow from 9.00am for The Mad Paddle.  This is a charity “down winder” across the bay finishing at Sandringham Yacht Club.
Imagine crossing the bay, with not only the Coast Guard and Hampton Lifesaving Club as backup, but also an escort vessel, with medical support on hand!  Sandringham Yacht Club are providing escort vessels.
We  are planning to start the event at around 5.30am at Indented Head, with Werribee River and  Mornington as contingent starts. At over 30 kms, this will make The Mad Paddle the longest organized event of its kind and the first authorized and supported crossing.  Port of Melbourne, Regional Channels Authority and Parks Vic have authorized the crossing of the shipping channel.
Act fast!
The Mad Paddle will be capped at the first 50 paddlers (teams and individuals)  who register.   Teams will consist of maximum 2 paddlers, sharing one board.  Choose to paddle as an individual, or part of a 2 member team.  No problems if you don’t have a pair, we will find one for you.  Where possible we will be matching paddlers in terms of ability.   Stronger paddlers will be matched with weaker paddlers.  Remember it is not a race.  It is about fun, safety and paddling!
Each paddler will be required to raise a minimum of $250 (fully tax deductible) to participate in the event. There will also be a $50 registration fee.   The registration fee will go towards fuel costs on the day.   Some of the escort vessels will be using up to $500 in fuel.
Free courtesy bus to the start for the first 50 paddlers that register! 
After Party!
The paddle will finish at around 12 noon with a family BBQ (drinks available) at the Sandringham Yacht Club, complete with live and silent auctions.   Everyone is welcome!
 
Charity
ALL funds raised will buy much needed equipment for the Sandringham Hospital.
Support
We are fortunate to have the support of some high profile local Bayside residents to act as ambassadors for the event: Mark Bradtke,(who is also paddling) Sally Cockburn (Dr Feelgood and Healthy Parks, Healthy People Ambassador) and local comedian Tim Smith  MCing at the BBQ. Tammy Van Wisse and Andrew Robb have committed to participating in the last leg either as a swim or a paddle.  Yachting Victoria is also providing last leg escort.  We also have strong interest (awaiting confirmation) from some AFL players and other high profile athletes.    Always looking for more – the more the merrier!
Hope to see you out there.
  Register here:  
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SHQ Coreban Race to the Cerberus 2012

This Sunday, 12th February, is the annual SHQ Cruise to Cerberus. This is the 5th running of this classic race, making it the longest running SUP race in Victoria and one of the oldest in Australia. This year the Cerberus Cruise, proudly presented by Coreban, has added prestige as Round 4 of the SUP VIC Victorian Flat Water Championship series. With the points table really starting to hot up, the SHQ Cerberus Cruise becomes vital for all those at the pointy end of the field, as well as those eager to beat their nearest rival over the course of the Summer. Check out the table on our website:


As you can see, a number of categories are really going down to the wire so it will great to follow the race within a race strategies this Sunday.

For those unfamiliar with SHQ’s format, we begin at Sandringham Beach and head down to Half Moon Bay, then back, a distance of around 5km. Registration will be from 8am to 9am sharp, with the race briefing scheduled for 9.15 and race start at 9.30. The entry fee will be $15, which includes BBQ lunch and drinks afterwards. However you must be a SUP VIC or Bass SUP member to enter. The race is open to all levels of experience. Even if you don’t have your own board, there will be over 20 demo boards available for use in the race. Race categories will be Men’s Open, Men’s 12’6″ and under, Men’s Master (45 and over), Women’s Open and Women’s Masters (45 and over).

SHQ and Coreban have also catered especially for the juniors. There will be a concurrent race for ages 17 and Under at half the main race distance, so about 2.5km. And then there is the NSP One Design Kids and Parents Challenge – 10 identical SUPs with one child and one parent on each board. There will also be a short course race for the Nippers and Groms – 12 years and under – possibly in the Harbor after the main event, but if we can remain on the front beach and the conditions allow for it, we will stage that race there as well.

But the best news of all is that Coreban has made available an 8′ Vibe board to be won on the day in a lucky draw – with entry into that draw restricted to kids 17 and under who register on the day. So that’s to say, one of the kids goes home the proud owner of a beautiful new Coreban SUP board. How good is that?

Hope to see you on the bay this weekend.