Mara # 6 – Double Barkers – Supported by Bindi Nutrition

Canoe Marathon / May 16, 2014

Sunday 18 May 2014.  Registration 7 to 8 am.  

Start & Finish at Ascot Kayak Club – Fauntleroy Avenue, Ascot ..   

Long Course  — 23 km , Short Course – 11.5 km , Junior, Novice and Guppy Courses ( U10s GK2 , U12s GK1 ) available …

Long Course will be raced in Four Divisions, with a Doubles Class if sufficient entries.  

Entry now available online at  :– – Canoeing WA web page , Future Events ..

The Double Barkers Race is a 2 lap race on the well paddled waters between AKC and Barkers Bridge ( West Swan Road ).

A lot paddlers use this as a regular training area so there is much interest in the time taken to do each lap as well as the total time ..

To aid paddlers to decide the best Supplement mix Bindi Nutrition ( ) will be present with samples available of their all natural Sports Drink .. Paddlers will be able to fill their hydration systems on the day. The drink is used by many well know West Australian Athlete’s across the Triathlon, cycle, multi-sport and paddling Sports.

The K3s will be racing, as the premier class, to establish their mastery of the straights and turns over the 2 laps.

The Junior and Ladies K4 course is 3 laps to the Olive Farm Spit post and return around the back of the island. Both turns are wide enough to allow these racing greyhounds room to turn at full speed. In Europe K4s are often raced in a lap course format with National pride being upheld by the winning boats.

Championship classes carry extra points for the Marathon Paddler of the Year awards.  

The 11.5 km is a good event for the less dedicated paddlers and Juniors practicing for the Junior Avon Challenge Iron-Person Event ..  

The Race, for most paddlers, will take over 2 hours and adequate water must be carried and the more knowledgeable paddlers do add various supplements to their drink as an aid to performance …  The experience gained will help them in their Avon Descent Preparation.

The course takes paddlers upstream from a start at the Ascot Kayak Club Jetty, under the Guildford bridges to a left hand turn under Barkers Bridge (West Swan Road). Paddlers return downstream along the same course, keeping Ron Courtney Island on the left hand side to turn back upstream and repeat. Finish is downstream at the AKC Jetty, not repeating the Island turn. Short Course paddlers finish downstream at the Jetty on their first lap. Guppy, Novices and Juniors will have courses set for them on the day according to number entered. Going on last weeks the local dolphins can be a distracting element.     

Please remember , when approaching other craft head on, both craft should alter course to the right (starboard) as per International shipping regulations.

Next Marathon Event :– Mara #7 – Upper Swan Race – Sunday  29 June 2014

Don’t forget the Be Active paddle Challenge – Sunday 25 May 2014 – See Canoeing WA web site for further details.

For more information please contact  or phone 042 700 4035 …