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Geegeelup Cup has Blackwood River full of rafters over the weekend

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Luke Dooley and Nina Mueller were named the overall winners of the Geegeelup Cup.
Camera IconLuke Dooley and Nina Mueller were named the overall winners of the Geegeelup Cup. Credit: Daniel Hocking

The Blackwood River was a popular spot for rafters over the weekend as the Geegeelup Cup, as part of the 2023 WildWater WA Racing Series, took place in Bridgetown, starting from the Blackwood River Park and finishing at the Blackwood River Access Ramp.

Paddle WA held their weekend races with 26 racers participating in the Geegeelup Cup over the two days, who were also competing in the State championship.

Teams raced along the Blackwood River in teams on Saturday, with trios needing to stick together.
Camera IconTeams raced along the Blackwood River in teams on Saturday, with trios needing to stick together. Credit: Daniel Hocking
Teams were relieved to reach the end of the course at the access ramp along the Blackwood River.
Camera IconTeams were relieved to reach the end of the course at the access ramp along the Blackwood River. Credit: Daniel Hocking

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Saturday saw hopeful racers enjoy a day of team races, with rafters being divided into trios as they raced down the Blackwood River. The teams needed to be quick but also united as a team, as teams that did not have members crossing the finish line together or within 15 seconds of each other faced penalties.

Sunday had wild-water rafters competing for the quickest times, as they went into the competitive individual races, to win category prizes and points for the overall State Wildwater Championship titles as well.

Sunday had racers going for the quickest time during the individual races, hoping to score points for the State championship.
Camera IconSunday had racers going for the quickest time during the individual races, hoping to score points for the State championship. Credit: Safire Beukes
Paddlers raced through the rapids of the Blackwood River in Sunday's individual races.
Camera IconPaddlers raced through the rapids of the Blackwood River in Sunday's individual races. Credit: Safire Beukes

Luke Dooley was named the overall male winner for the Geegeelup Cup while Nina Mueller took the title of overall female winner. Francois Beukes and Kate Crossing took the male and female titles for the Sundries Series, during a presentation taking place at The Cidery on Sunday afternoon.

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