About The Event

The Myall Classic is a major ultramarathon event on the NSW paddler’s 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 competition courses 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.

Paddlers can select from 2 start times for each of the 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.

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 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.


8 months 1 week ago

Found after the race:
1x lifejacket and 1x spray deck. Probably from a Uni team boat. May have been deliberately left in the park.
Contact tony@paddlensw.org.au if you are the owner.

10 months 7 hours ago

And now, compare the results from our backup results system Webscorer.
We will be using this system next year.
And the event next year is on the 22nd September.
All the horror stories about the tides seemed unjustified as there was plenty of assistance on the way back for most of the distance. Oh no, I can feel a rap coming on....

10 months 1 day ago

After making many adjustments for incorrect entries and paddlers starting in the wrong start waves, we have a pretty close approximation to accurate results. Thanks for your patience. Final results will be published as soon as they are confirmed.
To all the paddlers who completed the 2017 Myall classic....well done. Conditions were not nearly as bad as predicted. Those who missed the event missed a great days (often close) racing.

10 months 2 days ago

2017 event photos from Ian Wrenford taken at the6km turn can be seen here

10 months 1 week ago

One week to go, and over 250 paddlers registered already. Weather forecast looks pretty good, temps of 8 - 25 with a bit of late westerly wind. Some scattered cloud cover but no rain forecast.
Paddlers please remember your mobile phone. Doesn't need to be in a pouch; any watertight container will do, as it is for emergency use only.
Some paddlers will be using the Glympse app so event managers can track their progress through the race. We're looking to track all paddlers in future events, but the limiting factor at the moment is phone battery life, so we'd rather you save your phone for an emergency call instead.
Looking for one more safety boat volunteer observer, plus any spare hands setting up early on Saturday morning would be appreciated.
See you there!

10 months 3 weeks ago

We welcome Lazy Paddles as our sponsors. Check out the special offer in your race bag. http://lazypaddles.com.au/pages/

10 months 4 weeks ago

This is for social paddlers, partners of paddlers and friends. How would you like to see the race from out on the water? Cheer them on!
We paddle out from the race start site about 9.30 to take up a good vantage spot up the river. Paddle for about 5 - 8 kilometers or a couple of hours to enjoy this beautiful waterway. The River Canoe Club have kindly offered to bring a fleet of their sea kayaks for you to use. Everything will be supplied, and if not already a member, join up for this single event and pay a small fee of $20. Wear sun safe clothes and shoes you can swim in, and the Club will supply the rest for those who REGISTER with the President@rivercanoeclub.org before Monday September 11.
Sunday is a great day to explore downstream, past shipwrecks, sandbars and pristine tidal estuaries.
'Lazy Paddles' have boats for hire for the Sunday paddle.

10 months 4 weeks ago

As the entries start to flow in for this iconic if you have a partner or buddy coming along and not paddling. Ask them to volunteer lunch will be provided. Check out the roles available and signup online http://myall.paddlensw.org.au/volunteers/

11 months 2 weeks ago

2017 Myall entries are OPEN! Register now after you read the paddlers information on the Myall website http://myall.paddlensw.org.au and then go to https://regattas.canoe.org.au/ to register.