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South African Double at ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote

July 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “South African Double at ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote”

The incredible depth in South African canoe ocean racing was on full display in Lanzarote on Sunday as the country snared the gold medal in both the men’s and the women’s ICF world championship races.

Two-time world championship silver medalist Michelle Burn finally broke through for a win in the women’s race, while teammate Nicolas Notten added his name to a long list of South African men to win world championship medals by taking a comfortable gold.

Burn reaped the benefit of a decision to race closer to shore than the rest of the women’s field, emerging well clear of USA’s Ana Swetish and Spain’s Judit Verges Xifra.

In the men’s race, Notten was involved in an early tussle with Germany’s Gordan Harbrecht, but cleared out after just two kilometres to open up an unassailable lead on the rest of the field.

Burn said just getting to Spain for the race was an enormous challenge because of Covid restrictions. Several leading athletes were unable to travel.

“We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to get here for this ICF race,” Burn said.

“Coming from South Africa there was a lot of red tape, but we really fought hard and we managed to get a few of us here.”

35-year-old Burn won the silver medal at the 2013 and 2017 world championships, and was not taking any chances on Sunday.

“For me it was really really important, I trained really hard for it. We haven’t had an international race for quite a long time, and I’ve had two seconds at previous ICF world champs, so I’ve just been dying to get the gold,” she said.

“So I’m very happy with today, I took a slightly different line to the other girls, I went quite shallow, which I think paid off at the end, but not so much at the beginning.

“I just had to fight hard all the way because I knew the other girls were close. It was nice that the racing was still really tight, even though not all of the countries could be here.”

Burn finished the 26.6 kilometre race in one hour 42:09, with Swetish finishing 1:44:09 and Xifra 1:45:41.Notten was challenged early by German paddler Gordan Harbrecht, but broke clear after just two kilometres and never looked in danger for the remainder of the race.

“It’s never easy, but this is the ultimate goal,” Notten said.

“The preparation was a little bit on and off unfortunately because of the Covid crisis, and us South Africans not knowing if we would be able to make it out here.

“I just kept my head down, but I was very optimistic and in the end it worked out for us.

“I think this course suited me, anyone who is used to bigger wind and bigger conditions. Ultimately it was what I was hoping for, but it’s an amazing feeling to achieve it.”

Harbrecht finished second, while South African U23 paddler Ulvard Hart took the bronze medal.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships

April 24th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships”

Organisers of the 2021 ICF canoe ocean racing world championships in Lanzarote, Spain, are confident the event will be a tremendous success, in an environment safe for teams from all over the world.

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The event has been bolstered this week with the announcement of the South African team to contest the world championships, headed by multiple canoe marathon world title holder Hank McGregor, 2019 silver medalist Kenny Rice, and two-time silver medalist Michelle Burn. The July 4-6 event will signal a welcome return to international ocean racing for a paddling community starved of competition during more than 12 months of the Covid pandemic. The 2021 ICF masters canoe ocean racing world championships will also be contested.

The event’s executive director, Jose Maria Garcia Riolobos, is confident the experience of the organisers in in hosting the past four Atlantic Ocean ocean surfski races will provide a solid foundation for a successful world championships.

“We will provide the best and safest conditions for the development of this World Championships,” Mr Riolobos said.

“We do not stop believing and still working with tenacity so we can deliver the opportunity to all of you willing to compete this 2021, during these extraordinary times. »

“Lanzarote has been tested already with the “Lanzarote International Regatta”, a selected event by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as a pre-Olympic continental qualifier in the FX, Nacra17 and 49er classes. The island is (also) hosting the Ironman Lanzarote, so we will have all tools and tested protocols to face World Championships with all due guarantees.”

Event preparations have been strengthened by the support of boat logistics and boat rental companies, and by a partnership with a travel agency who will provide guarantees for participants in the event they are unable to attend the world championships. Organisers have also worked with the ICF to develop world-class Covid protocols. The Canary Islands have very low infection rates, and strict measures have been in place to prevent the spread of the virus.Entry limits for teams have been relaxed because of the international pandemic, opening the door for more athletes to experience racing at the top level.

The 2019 ICF world championships were held in Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, France, with South Africa’s Sean Rice winning his second title and New Zealand’s Danielle McKenzie winning her first gold medal.

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