Race 2 - Maggie to Mainland Long Course (If can not see image, click to load gallery)
Date – 23rd April 2017 LONG COURSE -14km – 18km Briefing time – 1am @ Nelly Bay Start Location – Nelly Bay (kayaks loaded onto 12:35pm Barge) Start Time – 1:30am Finish location – Pallarenda Beach SHORT COURSE – 8km Short Course Briefing time – 1:00pm Short Course Start time […]

Race 2 – Magnetic to Mainland

The North Queensland Ocean Paddle Series kicked off 2017 with the iconic Battle the Barge race. In hot, humid conditions and without a breath of wind, and grey clouds sitting low in the sky, paddlers began arriving to prepare for the first race of the season. Long course paddlers getting […]

Battle the Barge 2017 Race Report and Results

Battle the Barge Long Course (if you can not see image, click to open)
General Information 2017 Course Info Race 1 – Battle the Barge Date – 19th March 2017 LONG COURSE –  16km Briefing time – 8:30am Start Location – Tobruk Pool Start Time – 8:50 paddle out 9/9:10am Start Finish location – Rock Wall SHORT COURSE – 6km Short Course Briefing time […]

Race 1 – Battle the Barge

Race 1-Battle the Barge Sunday 19th March (Townsville) Race 2-Magnetic to Mainland April 23rd (finish pt changes to suit wind forecast) Race 3-Cowley to Etty bay Downwind Sat 17th June (Innisfail) Race 4- “Coal Chisel” Downwind Paddle (Mackay) Sat 15th July Race 5- Around Magnetic Island 5 Stage Race- Aug […]


Cory Hill and Dean Gardner will be giving a masterclass in downwind skills Sunday 9th Oct at 0930am cost $55 Session runs approx 3 hrs Nelly Bay – Meet at Peppers 0900 for an 0930 start   First part of theory held on land, followed by sections of paddling and further […]

Cory Hill & Dean Gardner Downwind Clinic- Magnetic Island

Around MI
Race 7 will be in 2 groups, intermediate and beginners. The idea of this is to allow fast transitions after each stage and to implement the best water safety methods possible to all competitors. In order to race in the Sealink around Magnetic Island Loop, competitors must prove themselves at […]

2016 Race 7 – Sealink Magnetic Loop

Race 5- Cape to Cape
Race 6 kicks off at Cape Cleveland and finishes at Cape Pallarenda. Sealink QLD are putting on a specific trip in order to get us out to cape Cleveland for this race, Sealink have also Sponsored the tickets for all paddlers so make sure you show them some love for […]

2016 Race 6 – Sealink Cape to Cape

Cowley Beach to Etty Bay
Race 5 showcases some of the Norths beautiful beaches. Located just an hour and 40 minutes from Cairns, and 3 hours from Townsville. Competitors will paddle up the coast line from Cowley beach through the stunning waters of Etty bay. Competitors should ensure car and racks are at the Finish […]

2016 Race 5 – Cowley to Etty Bay

Battle the Barge Long Course (if you can not see image, click to open)
Battle the Barge is back by popular demand! When the Barge gets the end of the marina, it will sound its horn- competitors will then race over to Magnetic Island and back. The Barge has only been beaten once in 4 years- is it your turn beat the Barge? Price:  […]

2016 Race 4 – Battle The Barge

Race 3- Mackay Harbour- Shoal Point
This 18km course is new to the Series in 2016. Starting from the Mackay Marina, this course takes competitors past Slade Point, finishing up at Shoal Point. This is one of our NQOPS regular racers (Charlie Wilkie) favourite paddles. A nice stretch of water with views of the islands and […]

2016 Race 3 – Shoal Point Down Winder