Blackwood rain provides high water levels, fast times

Karen HuntManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Competitors speed along the Blackwood River on Sunday as part of the Sunnyside Sprint.
Camera IconCompetitors speed along the Blackwood River on Sunday as part of the Sunnyside Sprint. Credit: Bilby Bishop

Competitors in the Sunnyside Sprint held on the Blackwood River on Sunday recorded the fastest times in years after good rains, according to organisers.

Round seven of the Power Dinghy Racing Club’s State Championships is a race from Sunnyside Oval upstream to Winnejup and back to Bridgetown, director Nick Uyen said.

“Recent rains provided a great water level and fast race times – the fastest recorded for at least the last five years,” he said.

The winners were Michael Prosser and Perrin Franks in boat 7 who posted a time of 45 minutes and 15 seconds.

In second place were Matt Even and Nick Gardner in boat 100 with 46:17 with Kris Parnell and Shaun Leavy in boat 190 close behind, finishing in 46:29.

They were among 29 entrants who all made it to the starting line despite some boats sustaining damage when they hit a star picket in the water during practice on Saturday.

“Two boats were quite badly damaged and some mild injuries occurred from the sudden stop as the post went through the bottom of the boats,” Mr Uyen said.

“Another entrant caught a log sideways in his boat and tore half the back off.”

A number of boats had to be repaired or replaced and as a result, four of the 29 starters on Sunday did not finish.

Mr Uyen thanked the Bridgetown community for making the club welcome and said members were looking forward to the next race on the calendar.

“We love coming to town and can’t wait for our flagship event for the year, the Blackwood Classic, which runs from Bridgetown to Augusta in September.”

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