Open Water racing is possibly the fastest growing paddlesport in NSW. This sport is open to a variety of craft, from Ocean Racing Skis, SLSA ‘Spec’ Skis, Outrigger Canoes, to Sea Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards. Harbour Racing is the sport of racing these craft in enclosed or protected waters.
PaddleNSW organises the ‘Harbour Series’ of races, hosted by PNSW member clubs in Sydney and regional areas. They are suitable for all paddler skill levels, with short course options for the less experienced, and longer courses in more exposed waters for those more capable.
The series has been running continuously since 2012, and has been key to the growth of several new open water clubs.
The 2020 PaddleNSW Harbour Series is a 6-race series including:
Sat 15 February Brisbane Waters Open hosted by Brisbane Waters Paddlers
Sat 14 March Pittwater Challenge hosted by Manly Warringah Kayak Club
Sat 9 May Dolls Point Classic hosted by Sutherland Shire Canoe Club
Sun 24 May Iron Cockatoo hosted by Pacific Dragons
Sun 28 June Hacking Classic hosted by Cronulla Sutherland Kayak Club
Sat 18 July Scotland Island Showdown hosted by Pittwater Paddling Club
Sat 15 August Reserve Date if needed for postponements