The Chucky Race Report from AORS News

We were blessed with some classic conditions for the 2019 Chucky Event. I’m sure the great man himself was smiling down on us when he saw firstly, the awesome day and secondly, the record number of racers that took part in the event.

A moderate northerly made the grind north to Newport Reef a little tough but the run home back to Fishermans lifted the spirits of the field. Short course competitors had their cake and ate it too with a one way run back from Mona Vale.

Our hero of the day award goes to one of the nice guys on the paddling tour, Mackenzie Hynard. ‘Macca’ who was in contention for a possible dais finish, sacrificed his race to help another participant who was struggling to get back on her craft. Helping the weary paddler and staying by her until one of the safety craft picked her up. He then got back into the event and still finished in a very credible position. Well done buddy, as many have said there are many races that we take part in and can do well in. It’s not always easy to prove that you are a good human and Macca definitely did that last weekend.

Cory Hill continues his dominance of the events with a solid victory over some of the new kids on the block. Hill took the lead after the turn and then put the hammer down with Jackson Collins and Mitchell Trim rounding out the dais. Collins also took out the 19s from a fast finishing Oscar Jones who ended up fifth overall, and Noah Harvard rounded out the top three.

Evergreen Tommy Woodriff had a cracking race with a sixth overall and taking out the Men’s 40s. Jezza Cotter was the fourth man in proving he still has plenty in the tank.

In a day of youngsters, it was Jemma Smith with a convincing win in the ladies and the 19s followed in by another in Naomi Scott who also doubled up in the opens and 19s and Bondi’s Elizabeth ‘Lulu’ Wise getting the bronze in the ladies.

Some pedigree coming through in the under 19 ladies with Jasmine Locke daughter of one of ‘The Gongs’ finest Michael Locke taking third.

Due to her win, Jemma Smith and Jackson Collins second both have now pre-qualified for the Shaw and Partners Dash for Cash to be held the day before the Doctor and will not have to contest the trials. Jackson takes the spot as Cory Hill had already qualified from his win in The Doctor last year.

The SUPs was a hard fought race. A solid field made the journey South from Mona Vale Basin in what was pretty good downwind conditions. The frontrunners saw a battle between Sam Parker, Wade Carberry and Dave Kissane. The ladies saw Penelope Strickland, Vanessa Smith and Traci Dostalek finishing in that order.

The Prone category was won by Callum Sutton with Luka Monnock and Cooper Stokes taking the places. Caprice Stokes took out the ladies.