The Sydney University Canoe Club (SUCC) Blackwattle Bay Classic was back in action at the end of May 2022. Clear skies greeted paddlers up for a challenge, or even just a sausage sanga and bev. The events were a mix of old favourites with some new rules to keep things spicy.

First up just before midday was the main event, a lap of the bay but with a fruit salad of boats out on the water. Extra points were awarded for heading out in a trickier craft- for example paddling a double by yourself, which this author chose to do against better judgement and less sore shoulders- and an extra lap. Flatwater Officer and reigning Classic champ Daniel came in first with Mario (and his son up in front of the TK2) right behind him.

Refuelling with nutrient-dense chipolatas and fried onions, the self-rescue dash was next.  Self-rescuing from in the water, to a double, then a single, V7, and finally a dancer in the quickest time. Daniel cruised through the first few boats but struggled in the dancer. After herding the boats back to the pontoon Kyle threw himself in and out of all the boats in a record time of just over two minutes. Steaven put in a valiant effort in and came in third.

As a decider the last two remaining competitors, Daniel and Kyle, opted for a tug of war in Perceptions. With the tow rope taking the immense strain Daniel came up on top with superior cadence, leaving Kyle exhausted and reaching for a Freddo. Daniel secured the championship two years running with Kyle coming in second, Steaven third, and Mario fourth.

All in all, the Classic again brought in some great competition but more than that, better times spent with mates. Throughout the last few testy years, the Classic is a reminder of the simple joy kayaking brings, and that SUCC will always have the Bay to paddle away any stresses. The exec would like to thank everyone who came and we look forward to seeing you next year, Daniel needs a new challenger and it could be you.