Lancelin Ocean Classic Report
The first day of the Lancelin Ocean Classic saw some spectacular windsurfing conditions ideal for the Wave competition with winds of 15 knots and 3m swell.
During the heats we saw some huge forwards, back loops and push loops as well as some spectacular wave riding. The event really got exciting when Adam Lewis from the UK did 2 amazing double forward loops which wowed the judges.
Dan Engdahl just beat Jonah Desforges in the Masters, James McCarthy Price beat Peter Tomsett to be the Open champion and Karin Jaggi beat world champion freestyler Laure Treboux to win the Female event.
In the Elite division Ben Severne did some superb wave sailing to beat Peter Volwater and went onto face Ben Proffitt in the final.
It was a very close heat but Ben Severne took home the Macquire trophy at the presentations on Saturday 12th Jamuary.
Ben said after the comp: “We had great conditions, way better than forecast. In the heats I was against Peter Volwater I got lucky and it all came together, that’s as good as it gets. After the long heats when I met Proffitt in the final my energy levels were low, I only had about 20 – 30 minutes worth of energy all I could think of was hanging on so I could get back for a beer”
Saturday 12th January The Marathon
Sailors arrived at ledge point from 8am for the Lancelin Ocean Classic marathon. Jet Ski West put on a an entertaining demonstration for the crowds of people waiting to see some of the world's best windsurfers take to the water.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck said “people ask why I come back to Lancelin each year, it’s a great event I like to do it, I can mix with international competitors and amateurs alike” Bjorn visits WA a couple of times a year, the first was in 86, he travels up the WA coastline spending time in Gnarloo when he can “with the winds it’s a great spot” Just before the race Bjorn was helping people out with their sails and getting involved with all competitors on the beach, it’s a great inspiration.
Sailors were preparing to use big sails on the course when in standard Lancelin Ocean Classic style, at midday, the winds came in SSW and built up to 24 knots just before the race.
The elites were the first released and Pete got off to a great start with one of the smallest sails a 6.8, it was a really close race between Pete, Steve, Bjorn and Jesper throughout the whole course.
The winds were picking up which the sailors were not expecting. Even coming towards the finish line it was one of the closest races we have seen in a while. After a gruelling 25 minutes the winners crossed the line with Steve Allen in 1st place in 24 minutes 45 seconds, Peter Volwater in 2nd place in 25 minutes and Bjorn Dunkerbeck in 3rd place in 25 minutes 30 seconds. 4th was German Gunner Asmussen and 5th was Jesper Orth.
It was Steve Allen’s first time at Lancelin Ocean classic, he flew in Thursday night so had a couple of days to test out the water wind and weather conditions before the marathon. After the race Steve said “It was a tight course, Pete was ahead for the first couple of turns, I passed him before the third but was getting fatigued so lost it back to him until the last turn when I just went for it.”
Bjorn Dunkerbeck had a bad start to the race getting tangled and having to make a couple of jumps, and did a great job with an 8.6 sail in ever increasing winds to get to 3rd place, he is keen to have a better race next year.
Karen Jaggi was again women’s champion completing the course in 29minutes 40 seconds, in 2nd place was Justyna Sniady in 38 minutes 18 seconds followed by June Hill in 42 minutes 58 seconds.
In the Male Open, David Vitale took first place in 31minutes 20 seconds followed very closely by Jake Dallimore in 31 minutes 26 seconds and in 3rd place was Aaron Gavin in 31 minutes 54 seconds.
In the Masters competition Matt Langer came in first in 28 minutes 35 seconds, followed by Peter Crommelin in 31 minutes 21 seconds and Adam Passmore was a close 3rd in 31 minutes 54 seconds
In the Grand Masters, John Grulich took first place in 32 minutes 53 seconds, followed by Craig Mann in 35 minutes 13 seconds and Tom Radis followed closely behind in 35 minutes 30 seconds.
After a long day on the beautiful WA coast the legendary after party was enjoyed by competitors, sponsors and spectators alike. We have enjoyed some of the best of WA weather and had a very exciting 3 days! As Pete says “What an awesome way to start the season”
This year's event was sponsored by Eventscorp, kinetic IT, Shire of GinGIn, Bendigo Bank, 92.9 and would not be made possible without the help of all the sponsors involved, the volunteers, the sea search and rescue and the Rock Lobster fishing vessels.
Please note that this is not a Windsurfing WA event
Thursday 10th Jan Waves: Taking part on the first day of LOC 2013 is the wave sailing! This is the more spectacular discipline with over 70
competitors sailing in four man heats trying to out manoeuvre each other with the highest aerials or radical wave riding.
Party in the park: Finishing off the first day at the LOC will be the Party in the Park. This free event is fun for all the family at Wangaree Park at 6.00pm with amusements, entertainment, penty of food and a licensed bar area.
Friday 11th Jan Waves: Second day of competition if required
Kite surfing downwind marathon: The first of the kite surfing events!! Open to all experienced sailors 18 years + who are members of AKSA or WAKSA, competitors will get the chance to sail the gruelling marathon course from Ledge Point to Lancelin to see who will be the champion of the 26km course!!
Kite Jam Heats: The 2nd kite surfing competition is Kite Jam, a freestyle competition open to all those experienced sailors who are a member of AKSA or WAKSA. This event will see sailors compete in an event which will include obstacles, big airs and all the excitement of a freestyle event. Those who impress the judges will go onto the finals held Saturday 12th Jan.
Surf film festival: To finish off the day at the Lancelin Beach Hotel we will be holding a surf film festival, open to all the family we will be show casing local and international wind surfing, kite surfing and extreme sports films.
Saturday 12th Jan Kite Jam Finals: We will see who walks away champion from those who made it through Fridays heats!
LEDGE POINT TO LANCELIN MARATHON: With an exciting new course which has the finish line at Lancelin Point and 5 entry categories this is the event like no other! We see the return of 6 time champion Peter Volwater, and world record breaker Bjorn Dunkerbeck as the competition heats up we will see who will be the 2013 champion.
Official presentations and competitors party:To finish off the marathon day we will be holding an official trophy presentation evening from 5pm at the Lancelin Beach Hotel, this free to attend event is complete with an exclusive open air event village, featuring some cool tunes, outdoor bars, plenty of food, sponsors tents and a family friendly atmosphere. (Think "KuDeTa" style in Lancelin)
Sunday 13th Jan
Event will be unveiled soon!
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It’s back and it is BIGGER and BETTER than ever!
For the 28th consecutive year the Lancelin Ocean Classic is back in the cray fishing town of Lancelin with hundreds of competitors and spectators flocking in from 10th – 13th January 2013 for the biggest and longest running windsurfing event in Australia.
History of the event
This world renowned Lancelin Ocean Classic started in 1986 with a few enthusiastic windsurfers and a handful of competitors who recognised that the WA coastline offered some of the most spectacular wind and water conditions anywhere in the world. They came together for a one-day event, the Ledge to Lancelin Ocean Marathon and from these humble beginnings it is now one of the most popular events on the worldwide wind surfing calendar.
The event attracts 3000 to 5000 visitors to Lancelin including world class competitors from around the world who will be participating in the Lancelin Ocean Classic in 2013, we will also see the return of world speed sailing record breaker and world champion Björn Dunkerbeck.
This Years event promises to be the biggest ever
This years event will be conducted over four days, and includes two windsurfing events (Wave sailing and the Marathon) plus the addition of exciting new sports.
The marathon is a down wind course of approximately 25 kilometers and over the years has seen from 200 to 400 starters, many entering to try to complete the grueling course and claim a share of the $25,000 prize pool. Wave sailing is the more spectacular discipline with over 70 competitors sailing in four man heats trying to out manoeuvre each over with the highest aerials or radical wave riding.
This years event will also feature a kite surfing component to capture the attention of this rapidly growing sport with two events (a downwind marathon and a very exciting expresssion session/big air competition) to entertain the crowds.
We are also expanding the water sports activities with feature demonstrations from organisations such as jet skiing and stand up paddleboards.
Combined with a new event village, featuring sponsors tents, entertainment and family friendly food and drinks – there is something for everyone this year.
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