The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is an annual 111 kilometre overnight paddle down the Hawkesbury River from Windsor to Brooklyn which raises much needed funds for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. The 40th edition of this iconic event will take place on the 29th of October, 2016.
All types of craft are eligible to enter as long as:
- they are propelled by unsupported hand held paddles;
- they carry sufficient buoyancy to remain floating level when full of water; and
- all paddlers are facing forward.
Last year a stand up paddleboard (SUP) paddled by Toby Cracknell won the event on handicap. This year Dragon Boats will be taking part for the first time.
The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic relies on volunteer support from the likes of the SES, NSW Marine Rescue, Sports Physio Group plus many kayak and community clubs who man twenty checkpoints along the river. Three of these are major checkpoints where paddlers can also meet up with their own land crew.
Organisers are hoping to attract in excess of 600 paddlers which would be a record for the event. A fundraising target of $400,000 has also been set. This would enable a record amount to be donated to the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic has so far contributed almost $3.65 million to Arrow. That is an amazing result.
In order to encourage all previous Hawkesbury Canoe Classic paddlers to make a comeback for the 40th Anniversary celebrations, organisers are offering participants the option of paddling 65 kilometres (Windsor to Wiseman’s Ferry) instead of the full distance. The shorter course is also an enticing introduction to the event for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the magic of paddling the Hawkesbury River at night.
Take the challenge and help make 2016 a record year.
For more information about the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2016, go to www.canoeclassic.asn.au.