The Gold Coast once again produced the perfect downwind conditions for the 2014 Queensland Canoeing Ocean Racing State Championships. Part of the Gold Rush Event which saw three individual events ran throughout the day allowing athletes to compete in all three or just one. The QC Ocean Racing State Championship was run jointly with the ski event for the Gold Rush event. Numbers where is excess of 60 paddlers with an array of both ocean and SLSA skis taking to the water.
Paddlers started on Coolangatta Beach where they found conditions very flat. The start saw paddlers in knee depth water with ocean ski paddlers given 5 sec to mount their skis before the gun started. The SLSA ski paddlers performed a proper jump start on the gun. The start was one of the fairest and clearest in recent years.
Paddlers then paddled straight out to a turning buoy some 500m off the beach after which they turned left toward the finishing line at Mermaid Beach SLSC some 17km away.
Once out in open water, paddlers found themselves being pushed along by a 15-25knot SE wind. The perfect direction for this event.
The early leader was Jeremy Collins who was eventually pasted by Bruce Taylor and the double ski combination of Nathan and Josh Myer coming past Burleigh Heads. At the finishing line, Bruce Taylor bet the double ski pairing to come across the line in first place.
The first female paddler was Emma Eichhorn.
We would like to thank Paddle 2 Fitness and Mermaid Beach SLSC for hosting this years event and we look forward to another fantastic championships in 2015.
Full results can be found at: http://www.paddlersclub.com.au/events/result/54