About The Event
The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event, the second event on the PNSW untramarathon calendar. It is held on the Myall River at Tea Gardens each September, taking both competitive and recreational paddlers up the Myall River and return.
There are a range of distances and starting times, intended to see all paddlers complete their chosen course by early afternoon, and in time for Presentations at 2:45pm.
Competitive distances offered are 12km, 27km and the premier 47km course is seen as a perfect shakedown for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic held in late October.
Due to its protected nature, the Myall Classic is a safe, scenic though testing event in the largely unspoilt Great Lakes Marine Park. Conditions can vary considerably though the usual scenario presents paddlers with clear blue skies and warm weather.
Safety is a primary concern for the organisers, and Marine Rescue and the S.E.S. have been an integral part of the event over recent years.
Paddlers have exclusive use of the river for the event, allowing largely uninterrupted use of the waterway for the entire journey.
The event is a major tourism drawcard for the region, and paddlers are encouraged to make a weekend of it by booking into local accommodation and supporting local facilities.
Three open competition course distances are:
- 47km course to Tamboy, and return.
- 27km course to Engels Reach pontoon, and return.
- 12 km course to a Tamboi Queen Jetty, and return.
Special Student Challenge Course
- 27km course to Engels Reach pontoon and return, 9.30am start only.
Paddlers can select from 2 start times for each of the open 47km and 27km distances. Slower paddlers (who paddle at speeds less than 10kmh average) MUST start in the earlier start for each distance.
Myall Classic organisers reserve the right to make changes to any participant’s requested starting time, distance or craft, in the interests of safety.
According to our Aquatic Licence, RMS NSW requires that paddlers not meeting minimum time/progress requirements turn around and return to the finish. This instruction will be conveyed to paddlers by safety personnel along the course.
The event is conducted regardless of tide flow, so race times for the event can vary significantly from year to year. The weather can also be quite variable in September, though the usual pattern is for calm mornings and an easterly breeze in the afternoon.
The river itself is picturesque, free of other watercraft (we have exclusive use of the waterway for this event) and predominantly within the Myall Lakes National Park. There are no facilities for replenishment of supplies or assistance from land crews so paddlers must be self-sufficient for the entire event.
Myall Classic Paddle Scrabble
This year there will be a fun and challenging recreational event held in conjunction with the Myall Classic – the Myall Classic Paddle Scrabble! Organised by River Canoe Club, this event is a paddlegaine with a brain-teasing twist and some eco-action. A paddlegaine is an event where you paddle to as many checkpoints on a map as you can in a given number of hours; checkpoints are worth different amounts of points depending on how far away they are and how difficult they are to find, so a lot of strategy comes into choosing the checkpoints your team will visit and route you’ll take. In this Paddle Scrabble event, each checkpoint will also have a bunch of letters at it that spell a word, and extra points can be gained by working out – unscrabbling – the word. Extra points can also be gained by collecting rubbish, and photographing birds and wildlife. So – a fun way to explore the beautiful southern Myall Lakes region, test your kayaking fitness, strategizing skills and word prowess, and share some laughs with teammates and others.
You can continue the fun in the evening by going to the world-touring Paddling Film Festival, hosted by Lazy Paddles at Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest. A bunch of Paddle Scrabblers will also be camping at Jimmy’s Beach for the weekend, so you can hang out further with everyone there. A fun, social weekend awaits! Grab some friends or family, form a team and register now to receive early bird prices! Entry info here
There will be free fruit and cake available for paddlers after the event.
There are several cafes close by that will serve a great meal of fish’n’chips and more.
Please make use of the local eateries that rely on your custom to survive.
But make sure you are back in time for the presentations.
Presentations are planned to take place at 2:45pm, as soon as possible after the event finishes.
Individual trophies for Class Winners, the Student Challenge Trophy and the Perpetual Trophies will be presented, along with sponsor prizes.
The organisers of the Myall Classic hope that all paddlers have a safe and enjoyable experience, and wish all paddlers success in achieving their personal goals on the day, in this iconic ultra-marathon event.