A NEW TYPE OF RACE: Murray Sandman will take part in the first kayak race as part of the Whitfunday celebrations this Sunday at Dingo Beach.
A NEW TYPE OF RACE: Murray Sandman will take part in the first kayak race as part of the Whitfunday celebrations this Sunday at Dingo Beach.

Paddlers set to race at Dingo

EACH year families from across the region head to the Dingo Beach foreshore for the annual Whitfunday, but this year all eyes will be on the water.

For the first time, the Whitfunday will host an ocean kayak race.

Dingo Beach resident and avid kayaker Murray Sandman is the man behind the event that will take place this Sunday from 10am.

The event will be held on the waters off Dingo Beach.

The race will start in a Le Mans style where competitors will start on the beach and complete a 100m sprint.

They will then jump in their kayaks and paddle the 4km course from the beach, around Pelican Rocks (near Manta Ray Island) and back to the shore.

The race will finish the way it started - with a beach sprint.

Sandman has been a paddler for many years and has paddled around Dingo Beach and surrounding areas for several years.

He believed it was the best place to paddle in the Whitsundays.

Sandman said he was asked by the Whitfunday organising committee for a way to attract more people to the event and he said ‘why not have a kayak race?’

This vision has become a reality and only days out, Sandman said he hoped for at least eight paddlers to take part in the race.

He said it was a great opportunity for paddlers in both double and single kayaks to have a great day on the water and take part in the inaugural event.

Any paddlers interested in competing in the event must meet at the Dingo Beach Hotel at 9am in the morning for a race briefing from the chief marshal.

They will then take part in the race vying for the perpetual Whitfunday trophy paddle.

Paddlers can contact Murray Sandman on 4945 7007 for more information. 


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