Event Program

The Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge
Saturday 6 May 2017

All participants must familiarise themselves with event conditions prior to participating in the event. Payment of the entry fee and registration are taken as your acceptance of those conditions.

Final details of the program will be confirmed on this website. If participants have provided a contact e-mail address, any major change to the program will be provided in advance by e-mail or text message.

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Event Friday 5th May 2017

The evening of Friday 5th May is for our event paddlers  to have an early check-in before for the next days racing rush.  We would like to welcome our paddlers and families to meet and greet with our community in a friendly festival atmosphere. This will take place from 4pm to 9pm. This will be a welcoming event on the Clyde River beach, festivities commence from 5pm, featuring  our Friday night JJ’s Bonfire @ the beach. We will have live music,  yummy food, fire twirlers and beach bonfire. We do encourage everyone to check-in for the event on the Friday night to avoid delays on the morning of the 6th May (pre-race). We will also take late entry registrations on the Friday evening at the venue up until 9pm.

Races & Paddle Runs Saturday 6th May 2017

On Saturday 6th May, elite paddlers start time will be approximately 10.30am. Following the Bridge2Bridge course from the Batemans Bay Bridge to Nelligen Bridge and return. Following along the picturesque Clyde River via Rocky Point, Big Island, Little Island, Razorback Rock and Nelligen,  approximately 26kms return.

The first race being the Open Marathon will commence at 10.30am. To view all course and race details click here

All the main races have cash prize pools for the top 3 finishes for the single class and first place for the double class. The other events will have vouchers or gifts for the top 2 finishes.

The sandy shore and grassed banks of the Clyde River is our marshaling area, located at Korners Park on the North-side of the Batemans Bay Bridge. Ideally located for this activity with beach access for both paddlers and kids. Food stalls and music will entertain us all day. It’s a quick walk across the Batemans Bay bridge to the centre of the shopping district. The bridge Plaza is just across the bridge and is our main shopping precinct.

At the event presentation we will have a lucky boat number draw, with prizes you definitely want to hang around for. This is something you can’t miss and significant prizes are in the prize pool. All prizes are of a value of $100 plus, including accommodation vouchers, retail vouchers, massage vouchers and lots more. Total prize value over $3000.

On course commentary will keep the crowds informed of our progress and we are providing support pre-race for vehicle parking, vessel unloading, marshaling and post-race stacking at the loading beach. On site will be support tents and marquees offering food and refreshment and  a number of local industry support activities linked to sport, environment, local accommodation, cafe and food outlets, etc. etc.

* Kids activities on the beach carried out by BCF Batemans Bay including Casting Competition and Colouring Competition. Great prizes to be won.
* Kids face painting
* Stand up Paddle Board hire at only $20 per hour. Supplied by South Coast Paddler.

* Live Music
* Food & drink stalls
* Massage tent for those pre-race massages or post race body nurturing. Want to book something now email advancedmassageclinic@gmail.com
* Information market  for all your paddle needs
* Kayaks will be available for hire to compete in the 2km & 8km fun paddle events. To view the hire rates click here.

Suggested vehicle parking arrangements

There will be no event duration parking permitted at the Korners Park area.  Participants can access Korners Park car park area to unload watercraft and gear, but you must remove vehicles to other assigned parking areas.

Limited street parking on Wharf Road will be available.

Dedicated event parking will be provided within the Wharf Road area and overflow parking will be available at Mackay Park on the west side of the highway opposite the main town centre.

Volunteers will direct you to all the designated and available parking.