September President’s Report

September 10, 2019

INCC News September 2019

The wattle is out, the days are longer, dust off the boat, it’s Spring!  And for those hardly paddlers who haven’t been in winter hiatus, it’s time to enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures.


Fairfield challenging INCC for Club Championship

The Marathon Winter Series points currently stand at INCC, Yarra Paddlers 3492, Fairfield 3278.  We only hold a slight lead and Fairfield is sending a big contingent to the Wodonga race.  So we need you all to paddle at  WS7 Echuca Mini if we are to retain the trophy in 2019.


Clubhouse Development

The scoping committee has met several times and good progress is being made on progressing our new shed storage facility.  We will keep you in touch as plans develop.



Our racing stalwarts John Young and Dom Scarff recently competed in the challenging Avon Descent, a two-day 124km adventure river race from Northam to Bayswater Perth.  Both raced in the Single Open Ski category. Dom had a great race, given he was a first time Avon paddler, finishing 2nd place.  John had an exciting race finishing 17th.  We will all have an opportunity to hear their stories at our AGM on the 8th November.



Many hardy souls took to Lake Nagambie and the Goulburn for the relocated Marathon Winter series #5.  Strong winds provided a challenge to paddlers as they exited the lake, resulting in many capsizes (six for me!). The river proved to be more sheltered and despite the conditions it was a fun day out.  Thanks to John Young and his Marathon team for having the agility to move the race at such short notice. Thanks also to our paddlers for representing the club so capably.


Upcoming marathon races


12  Oct-19 

Marathon Winter Series Race 7 Echuca Mini

19 Oct-19

Summer Race 1 Bendigo Cup – Marathon (Bridgewater)


Broken Creek Classic (Nathalia)

09 Nov-19

Goulburn Classic (Trawool to Seymour)

18 – 22nd  Nov-19

Massive Murray Paddle   (Yarrawonga to Swan Hill)

30 Nov-19

Summer Race 2 Peaches & Cream (Cobram – > Tocumwal)

14 Dec-19

Summer Race 3 Ben Ward Memorial  Race 40-Miler  (Yarrawonga – Cobram)

15 Dec-19

Summer Race 4 Ben Ward Circuit


Social Events


Farewell our awesome INCC Aus Team paddlers as they head off to the Worlds in Shaoxing

Thursday 26th Sept 7.30pm

Pub Night

Beer Garden at the Peacock Hotel.

210 High St. Northcote


Hamish, Isaac, Brendan, Hannah, Alana, Emily, Reka, John and Dom are representing Australia at the World Marathon Championships and Masters in Shaoxing, China.

Come along, bring paddling friends and wish them best of luck.

Watch the INCC Australian Team paddlers racing live-stream

ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships, Shaoxing, China

17 – 20 October


Masters 14-15th October


#PlanetCanoe will live-stream the racing at the marathon world championships 




Live Streaming of the World Marathon Championships just gets better and better each year and I am sure 2019 will be no different.  The commentators are great (Ivan Lawler & the other bloke) and they love it when you let them know you are watching from Oz. 

Send them a FB message with a shout out to our paddlers!


Provisional Schedule Times

Event – Paddler








U18 WK1 –    Emily O’Rourke

Thu 17th





U18 WK2 –    Emily O’Rourke / Maddie Lamb

Fri 18th





U23 WK1 –    Alana Johnson

U23 WK1 –    Hannah Scott

Fri 18th





U23 MK1 –    Hamish Young

U23 MK1 –    Brendan Clarke

Fri 18th





Open WC1 – Reka Abraham

Sat 19th





Open WK2 – Hannah Scott / Rebecca Mann

Sun 20th





Open MK2 – Hamish Young / Isaac Johnson

Sun 20th







Follow our INCC Australian Team Masters paddlers racing live at the

Masters World Marathon Championships


Shaoxing, China


14 – 15th October



Follow John Young & Dom Scarfe on 14 – 15 October racing in the Masters World Marathon Championships. 

Not sure how much will live-stream of the Masters but they will publish real-time lap results so you get a pretty good idea of how they are going.


 Provisional Schedule Times Master    (** Will not know exact times until closer to the event)



Melbourne Time

Shaoxing Time

Dom Scarfe V55-60 MK1

14th Oct

11.00 – 19.00

09.00 – 17.00

John Young V55-60 MK1

14th Oct

11.00 – 19.00

09.00 – 17.00

John Young & Dom Scarfe V55-60 Mk2

15th Oct

11.00 – 19.00

09.00 – 17.00


Video of the venue at



Dates for your Diary

Keep a look out for future events on our INCC WebSite and on our member Facebook.

FB: INCC Yarra paddlers (Member space)   WebSite:

Here is what is coming up.



Come N Try Days Sunday 27th October & Sunday 24th November     1 – 3 pm

Once again INCC is hosting two Come & Try days in late spring for members of the public to try out paddling. 

Please tell all your friends and family. This is a great opportunity for them to try out kayaking to see if they like it and to experience our beautiful Yarra from on the river.  

  • Suitable for all adults and children 12 and over and for all levels of fitness.
  • We provide qualified kayaking coaches to help you get started
  • All equipment provided by INCC including personal floatation devices.
  • You must be able to swim 50 metres and be confident in water to participate.
  • Coaches all have First Aid qualifications.
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  

What to wear and bring
Wear shorts, t-shirt (or thermals if it’s a bit cold), reef shoes if they have them, and sunscreen.
Bring a towel and a change of clothes as there is a good chance they will get wet.
No RSVP required, they just turn up on the day. 

INCC Recreational Paddling Weekend – 2nd – 5th November

Paddle the Lower Goulburn to the Murray with the Broken Creek Classic (racing or watch) on the 2nd.


Expressions of interest to Sally 0409 564 329

Or go to event on Facebook

INCC, Yarra Paddlers AGM, Dinner & Awards Night on Friday 8th November 6.30 – 10.00pm

  • Where: TBA
  • Speakers:
  • Stephen Routley on the AuSable race
  • John & Dom on the Avon Descent


INCC Christmas Party – 7th December

Keen to join the INCC Committee?

If you are interested in joining the committee email me outlining your kayaking interest e.g. adventure racing, recreational, marathon racing, beginner and a nomination form can be sent to you. Members with diverse interests makes for a vibrant committee!


A few reminders;

  • It is the law for every paddler to wear a PFD whilst on the river.
  • If you are paddling in the dark you will also need the appropriate lights on your boat
  • If you wish to utilise the club trailer, please request permission from our Boat Captain, Rob Godwin. There is a procedure to be followed to ensure safe movement of the trailer to prevent accident or injury.

Your stories

We are always interested to hear about your adventures, whether it’s a fun recreational paddle or your first race, so please let us know and we can highlight them to all our members.


It’s important that the club looks after all our members.  We have such diverse backgrounds, goals and lifestyles and we can only provide what you need if we know about it.  So please, send me any ideas or feedback to